THIS. IS. UNBELIEVABLY. STUPID.
And yes, I’m yelling. There is now officially a war on Christmas.
And who has called on this war? The University of Minnesota.
In one pamphlet distributed this university’s event, it read that “Christmas trees and the colors red and green are examples of “religious iconography” during the holiday season.
“Consider neutral-themed parties such as a ‘winter celebration,’” the handout read. “Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.”
Huh? Say what?
According to Fox News:
It was part of a Dean’s Dialogues “Religious Diversity and Holidays” event within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences earlier this month, and was first reported on by the College Fix.
“Our religious/spiritual beliefs and practices can play a key role in our identity but can be ‘off limits’ for discussion especially in public spaces,” part of the event’s description read.
The controversial handout listed about a dozen items “not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year since they typically represent specific religious iconography.”
Those items include bows, angels, Christmas trees, dreidels, Nativity scenes, wrapped gifts, menorahs, bells, doves, Santa Claus, and the Star of Bethlehem. It also listed avoiding the colors red and green for their connection to “Christian tradition” and blue and white for their connection to “Jewish Hanukkah.”
Students were encouraged to report a bias incident of “inappropriate religious celebrations in your work or learning environment” to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
I find it so interesting when institutions attempt to create greater diversity they exclude certain people, events, phrases, and religions.
They subtract instead of add.
They ban. They exclude. Dare I say they even segregate.
What makes this really bananas is that much of what they are banning has absolutely nothing to do with religion.
The colors red and green? Christmas trees? Santa Claus?
What does that have to do with Jesus Christ? The nativity?
In the words of the History Channel, these symbols of Christmas are a “cultural and commercial phenomenon”:
For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.
And there are likely more atheists and agnostics who do not celebrate the religious portion of Christmas (that being Christ’s birth) but do give gifts, mail cards, bake fruit cakes, and watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Santas, trees, red and green. HOW can that offend anyone?
What is the problem here?
The U of M (@UMNews) shared this letter with some faculty and student employees this week The colors red & green, blue & white/silver are verboten during the "winter celebration" period. Images of Santa, wrapped gifts, and bells are also deemed "religious iconography." #BahHumbug pic.twitter.com/sxzqDXLLqY
— Jon Miltimore (@miltimore79) December 14, 2017
Can someone please explain this to me? I am just confused.
It is Minnesota. Maybe their blood has froze and cannot circulate to their brains.