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Campus Christmas Carols Silenced After Non-Christian Complaints

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"I miss the Christmas music...it made me happy."

For nearly 15 years, the Pulliam Hall clock tower on the campus of Southern Illinois University has played Christmas carols. But this year, after a few complaints, the bells have been briefly silenced while the school tries to expand its melodic tradition to include a more diverse selection of music.

"We took the music off the clock tower as a result of some complaints we received that religious music was offensive to non-Christians," SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng told KFVS.

The local CBS affiliate reports that SIU administrators agreed Friday to start playing "secular holiday songs" until a more "multi-cultural mix" can be put together that includes songs from other faiths.

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