Universities Strive For 'Christmas'-Free Campuses

Authored by Anthony Gockowski via Campus Reform,

As another Christmas quickly approaches, colleges across the country are issuing their annual guidelines on how to make the season as inclusive as possible.

At the University of California, Irvine, for instance, individual departments are encouraged to “focus on celebrating a special occasion, instead of a specific holiday,” suggesting that they have a “year-end celebration” or celebrate “seasonal themes such as fall, winter, or spring.”

The California university also requests that academic departments “ensure that office celebrations are not indirectly celebrating religious holidays,” suggesting that they display “diverse symbols representing a variety of faith traditions along with secular ones.”

The State University of New York, Brockport has issued similar guidance on “culturally sensitive holiday decorations,” even advising employees to “consider a grab bag instead of a ‘Secret Santa’ gift exchange.”

“Keep decorations general and nonspecific to any religion. Create a winter theme with lights and color rather than religious icons, or include decorations from all the cultural traditions represented in your department,” the guidelines add, saying the “holiday season should be considered an opportunity to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and inclusivity.”

Similarly, Ohio University put out a guide on “holiday expenditures,” noting that decorations cannot be purchased with university funds, but that any decorations “displayed in public areas” should “be secular in nature.”

The same paragraph mentions campus policy 42.501, which pertains to “the safe and appropriate use of decorations,” yet the policy contains no provisions on requiring secular-themed decorations, and the university did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for clarification.

Meanwhile, Life University is sponsoring a holiday decorating contest, but will judge participants on “inclusiveness, or how the decorations are respectful of all the religious winter holidays,” along with three other criteria.

Eastern Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University is offering students the chance to participate in “an inclusive holiday decorating party,” while numerous other institutions have omitted the word “Christmas” from their annual “tree lighting” ceremonies.

Among them is Mercyhurst University, a Catholic college in Pennsylvania, which refers to its celebration as the “annual holiday tree lighting.”

Not to be outdone, the University of Alabama’s student newspaper ran an editorial attacking President Trump for returning a nativity scene to the White House grounds, calling the move “disrespectful.”

“Bringing back the nativity scene is a slap in the face to the remaining religions thriving within America,” the editorial declared.

 

“Placing the nativity scene on the grounds of the most important house in the United States is sending the message that their president forgets those who do not practice Christianity.”

CORRECTION: This story originally stated the the nativity scene editorial was published by Harvard University's student newspaper, rather than the University of Alabama's. The article has also been corrected to reflect that Ohio University does not allow decorations to be purchased with university funds.

Comments

fleur de lis Stuck on Zero Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:07 Permalink

More snowflake factories that need closing and repurposing.If they are spending tax money studying negative aspects of Christmas, they don't need colleges.The snowflakes and their factories are a drain on tax money.Taxpayers should look at these edjakashun clubs as tax investments and and should expect positive returns in the form of functional workers who add to society.Instead, nothing of value is taught and the snowflakes riot, rampage, destroy property, and injure other people, thus requiring massive expenses in the form of medical and police resources.If the snowflakes and their factories continually run negatives they need to be closed.   

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August Stuck on Zero Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:14 Permalink

Never get sucked into "supporting your alma mater", unless mater is one of the rare educational insttutions that is NOT out to fuck white male Christians.Your charitable choices do have a follow-on effect.  Personally I'll never again support Yale in any way;  their purging the name of Calhoun College was merely the final straw....

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Son of Loki August Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:31 Permalink

I told the fellow at the Salvation Army outside of Walmart the local university admin discourages giving this time of year since they say it's nothing special. After his initial shock subsided, I told him he might want to go to the University president's office with some of his buddies, and have a chat with that anti-Chirstmas, anti-Salvation Army college president about what Christmas is all about.

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jaxville bamawatson Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:23 Permalink

Every time I see the faggot rainbow I can't help but think of anal sex and men fellating one other.  Totally disgusting.  You won't believe how many food products I used to enjoy that now make me nauseous just seeing their labels.  YUK!!!  I pointed that out to a young lady eating skittles a few months back and she looked disgusted then threw the bag (still unfinished) away.

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HRClinton Gap Admirer Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

Why mess with such a nice, heart-warming, money-spending annual ritual, even if it is 100% contrived?A peeps needs its Games and its Opiate.The Jesus story and the stars and constellations of the Zodiachttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NHDvWabiyM&feature=youtu.behttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag5-fJ7d-rM&feature=youtu.beGet clarity, get enlightened. Enlightenment, at a time of almost universal ignorance and deception, is Divine.

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lenovot60 Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:55 Permalink

We won't be having holiday party in December at work..it would be insensitive to others. Instead, we will be having a gathering in January...SMH

AlphaSeraph Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:55 Permalink

Why the fuck is there a picture of Santa Clause looking all shocked? It's called CHRISTmas. Shouldn't it be a picture of Christ on the cross or in the manger?At least CHRIST looking shocked?! 

Nobody For President AlphaSeraph Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:12 Permalink

And, I mean, what the hell is going on with all those elves?I'm a practising Buddhist, but what the hell is with this shit. Most religious/spiritual 'movement' have something going on in December - it is the dark period of our year and all that. Celebrations abound as the days start to get longer - the return of the light and all that - really ancient shit, co-opted by the major religions a couple of grand years ago. (The more or less first week of December is the big week for Buddhists, to recognize the historical Buddha's great enlightenment on December 7th.)So Western (so-called) Christian (mostly) civiliization has more or less gathered thier various legends around Christmas Day and generally speaking, monetized the shit out of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtZR3lJobjwSo now the vast majority is being instructed/browbeat/and indoctrinated into recognizing every 1/10th of 1 % minority that 'worships' the Winter Solistice in another way than the dear old US Christmas, that is sort of a cultural unification meme. This IS the deliberate destruction of our culture, and for all its faults, one of the better memes of our culture: goodwill to men (oops right there), peace on earth, all that stuff, and generally good cheer to all. Lead by the academic geniuses (bureacrats all) of our colleges and universities, most of which are becoming more irrelevant by the day. Our culture, the glue of civility and shared ideas, is being picked at slowly and surely - and we, like Rome, will fall. I'm truly glad I'm an old man, but I fear for my grandchildren and what they will become, and what it will cost. them.

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Mike Masr Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:58 Permalink

Liberal scum hypocritesThen why does a university like UIC have an "on campus" prayer room filled with rugs for Islamic students and NO prayer room for Christian and Jewish students? How inclusive is this?

Never One Roach grizfish Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:19 Permalink

Since Christmas is nothing special, according to the Kornifornicator Administration, then assign a 50 page term paper describing Stalin's dictatporship of Russia...single-spaced and a 1/2 inch margin.And make it count 50% toward their final grade.The students should have no problem completing it over that non-special week vacation.Very "sensible."

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Ignatius Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:57 Permalink

Yeah, because everything we Christians have done to build "the greatest country on Earth" is wrong.Lord, what an incredible mind fuck is being put on the people. 

LightBulb18 Ignatius Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:14 Permalink

A bunch of chanting zombies repeating inclusivity, unity, while half of all americans and most of the world is censored because they keep screaming we don’t agree with your claim of the equality of genders, we don’t agree with open borders in clearly racist ways, we believe in our own religions, we do not agree with leftism, you do not have the answers, you are just willing to kill everyone in order not to have to live with people disagreeing with you because you are wrong. Human beings achieve more with beliefs and an identity, and they fail less because the world is limited and discriminatory against the ugly, the poor, and the stupid. Those who embrace that make better choices than those who do not. B”H

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Withdrawn Sanction LightBulb18 Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:37 Permalink

I have heard the claim repeated ad nauseum that "diversity is our strength"  "inclusivity makes us 'better'" and other similar assertions.  Those and others like them are very strong claims.  Strong claims require strong evidence.  Where is it?  Where is the evidence to back up the diversity cheerleaders?  It's simply asserted as if self-evidently true; or like a magical incantation.Or think of it this way:  what would diversity mean in, say, your diet?  Sure, you need nutritious food but diversity requires we mix in a bit a poison too.  After all, diversity is our strength...or not.  

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effendi Ignatius Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:42 Permalink

These Unis claim they want inclusiveness for everybody and suggest that the theme should be related to the season (Winter). As an Australian (southern hemisphere of course) I'm OUTRAGED that they don't include or consider the offense they are causing to any student (Australian, NZ, South America, southern Africa) from south of the equator. Now what will these Unis do if if a bunch of Catholic South American students start a noisy/violent picket of the admin offices for the admins racist exclusion of them? Conservatives and Christians need to get as noisy and disruptive on campus as the leftist SJWs and ensure our rights to openly practice and display our faith are no longer trampled on under PC mantras of "inclusiveness".

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