UAlberta pulls Christmas tree from holiday display


The Edmonton Journal reports that the University of Alberta removed a Christmas tree from its holiday display after a law student asked if she could add a menorah to the display. UAlberta student Rachel Cook told the Journal that she did not have any concerns about the existing decorations, but wanted to see Jewish representation added to the display. “I have not talked to a single student on campus who has a problem with a menorah,” Cook added. UAlberta Spokesperson Michael Brown stated that “some decorations were moved in order to maintain the intent of seasonal decorations in this shared space, which is to be secularly festive.” Brown added that events that are religious or spiritual in nature can be held in bookable spaces.

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