The political correctness movement may have found another set of victims at a state university: anything to do with Hanukkah, anything to do with the religious celebration of Christmas, and anything to do with even the secular celebration of Christmas.
As most Americans prepare to celebrate one of two holidays that, apparently, are incredibly non-inclusive, culturally insensitive, and potentially offensive, the University of Minnesota’s is warning its College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences employees that Christmas and Hanukkah are not allowed, according to Campus Reform.
“Consider neutral-themed parties such as ‘winter celebration,’” a list of guidelines from the school declares.
That doesn’t leave a whole lot of people left who celebrate neither. Yet because those people exist, the University of Minnesota is reportedly insisting that no one do anything to celebrate those holidays outside the privacy of their own rooms.
While “winter celebrations” this time of year are encouraged, the guidelines insist that party organizers, “Keep the theme of any invitations neutral and non-religious and not reflective of any one religious holiday.”
And there’d better not be one strand of tinsel visible because, “Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.”
To make dressing up the look of your campus party-that-just-happens-to-be-in-December even more difficult, organizers are told to refrain from using not only “Santa Claus, angels, Christmas trees” but “bells, doves, red and green or blue and white/silver decorations.”
Are these guidelines for real? A university spokeswoman claims they were written up only for a conversation amidst the staff and not for public distribution. Odd conversation.
Other universities like the University of California, Irvine; the State University of New York, Brockport; Ohio University; Life University; and Eastern Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University have sent out guidelines aimed at making this Christmas season as secular on campus as possible, according to Campus Reform.
What do you think of this? In other news, a mom is claiming that one of the most popular toys this Christmas season gave her daughter chemical burns.