University Of Minnesota Bans Christmas In The Name Of ‘Inclusivity,’ Tells Professors To “Report Inappropriate Religious Celebrations In Your Work Or Learning Environment”
By Andrew Bieszad on December 19, 2017 in Featured, General
“Report inappropriate religious celebrations in your work or learning environment” was the exact phrase used in a leetter issued from the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, which has banned Jesus, nativities, the Star of David, and any Christian religious symbolism on the university campus, saying that it is not inclusive enough and could be discriminatory. Instead, they said that there can only be a ‘winter celebration’ so long as it is ‘not specific to any religion’:
Santa Claus, Christmas trees and the colors red and green are examples of inappropriate “religious iconography” during the holiday season, according to a paper distributed during a “Respecting Religious Diversity” event at the University of Minnesota.
“Jewish Hanukkah” is targeted, too, with menorahs and the colors blue and white also described as being “not appropriate.”
“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.”
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 Intellectual Takeout.
“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.
The document was a “conversation piece to facilitate dialogue at a voluntary, internal college event on respecting religious diversity in the workplace,” university spokesperson, Emma Bauer, told Fox News.
While the handout refers to EOAA as “us,” Bauer said it doesn’t reflect university, EOAA or CFANS official guidance.
Colleges across the nation have issued guidelines banning Christmas-related items – from Santa to Jesus – in the name of inclusivity. (source)
University of Minnesota Expands “War on Christmas” to Include “War on Hanukkah”
By Jordan Lorence Posted on: | December 21, 2017
Officials at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science have issued a statement urging students and faculty to eliminate all allusions to religion from their holiday celebrations. Fox News has confirmed that the University of Minnesota had issued this statement, so this is not a parody issued to make the University look extreme and ridiculous.
Although Alliance Defending Freedom is not currently focusing its resources on fighting censorship of Christmas as a main priority at this time, I bring up this University of Minnesota statement as a public service to those who deny that any “war on Christmas” exists at all. Here is hard evidence of government officials urging people to suppress their celebration of Christmas, while additionally expanding this to be a “war on Hanukkah.”
We at ADF do not make this stuff up. Alas, I fear it is all too real.
The University of Minnesota statement urges students and faculty to “consider neutral-themed parties such as a ‘winter celebration,’” and that “[d]ecorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.” (Interestingly, the University apparently agrees with ADF in our Masterpiece Cakeshop case that food can communicate a message celebrating an event others might not want to participate in, but that is another blog post).
The statement makes sure everyone understands its massive reach by listing examples of items “not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year since they typically represent specific religious iconography.” And the list of “inappropriate” is immensely broad:
Santa Claus, Angels, Christmas trees, Star of Bethlehem, Driedels, Nativity scene, Bows/wrapped gifts, Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and White/Silver decoration themes (red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hanukkah that is also celebrated at this time of year).
Wow! No angels, doves or red/green or blue/silver decorations! The Establishment Clause does not require a state governmental institution like the University of Minnesota to impose these draconian standards of Christmas and Hanukkah censorship. The Supreme Court, for example, has upheld governmental displays with Christmas trees and menorahs, and no court has ever required elimination of decorations that are red and green or blue and white/silver, because they allude to Christmas or Hanukkah.
I suggest this as the next target for the diversity enforcers: I know the University of Minnesota allows many traffic lights flashing between “red” and “green”! It must be an insensitive plot to subtly promote Christmas! Diversity forces, rise up and perform your cleansing mission!
This statement takes “promoting diversity” to a ridiculous level, assuming that people are offended by the most modest acknowledgements of Christmas. No red and green decorations? You’ve got to be kidding! And to expand this scouring of holidays from Christmas to Hanukkah demonstrates its extreme overreach.
Plucking our community life together bare of any reference to religious holidays does not promote a truly tolerant diversity but brings a sterile emptiness that deprives our lives of things that make them enjoyable and meaningful. And what concerns me is that what happens on university campuses does not stay on university campuses. We cannot allow this misguided zealotry to spread.
So to everyone, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
November 21, 2017
It seems the University of Minnesota has forbidden any identification of Christmas on the campus. The administration have asked that any violators are to be reported. Even colors of green and red are prohibited during the time. Even the Menorah has been banned on campus.
What in the world is going on – this isn’t Nazi Germany?
The University is funded by taxpayer funds and this has to stop. It is a violation of the students’ rights.
Will the Congressman or Senator of Minnesota check to see what is going on.
If the University is catering to the muslims, the University has to understand the muslims have to adapt to the culture of America and if not – they have to leave the country. There are no safe havens in America. The Constitution is the law not Sharia law. Plain and simple.