Auburn's 'holiday tree' root of conservatives' growing ire
AUBURN (AP) — Student leaders at Auburn University were inundated with more than 20,000 irate e-mails and a flood of phone calls from people upset that the campus Christmas tree was called a "holiday tree."
Despite the outpouring, the Student Government Association this week rejected a resolution to rename the tree-lighting ceremony, the latest point of contention in a campaign by conservatives to demand that Christmas traditions be referred to by their traditional names.
The Auburn SGA and other groups began sponsoring a program in 2000 called the "Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony."
The name of the ceremony never got much attention until Laura Steele, a student senator and head of Auburn's College Republicans, heard the "Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony" mentioned at an SGA meeting.
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