Bad publicity killed a ban on Christmas. It is once again safe to say “Merry Christmas” at Florida Gulf Coast University, an institution of higher learning that had, until this past week, enjoyed their obscurity.
In a statement released by the school, President Wilson G. Bradshaw said:
“There has been an overwhelmingly negative response to my recent communiquï¿½ to the valued employees of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). It is now clear to me that we have erred in our attempt to find a balance between how best to observe the season in ways that honor all traditions – while also allowing employees to express their individual beliefs during the upcoming holiday season. As stated in my earlier message, there was no attempt to suppress expression of the holiday spirit. However, the message was received differently, and for this, I am sorry.
Today I am reversing my earlier direction regarding holiday decorations on the campus, and announcing a return to FGCU’s past practice in which common areas of the campus may be decorated. Employees may decorate the common space areas in their departments and units, and of course also continue to decorate their desks and individual workspaces in observance of the holiday season.
Wilson pointed out that “trying to adhere to tenets of political correctness was not the basis for the earlier decision, but rather attempting to achieve a difficult balance.”
Um, sure, Wilson.