“‘Tis the season” is quickly approaching.
However, if multiple colleges and universities across America get their way, there’ll be a whole lot fewer Christmas parties, and a whole lot more “inclusive holiday decorating parties” on campuses this year.
Campus Reform last week provided several examples.
The University of California, Irvine, is encouraging students to “focus on celebrating a special occasion, instead of a specific holiday.”
“Consider having a ‘Year-End Celebration’ or celebrating seasonal themes such as Fall, Winter, or Spring,” it suggests.
The university also admonishes: “Ensure that office celebrations are not indirectly celebrating religious holidays.” Instead, “diverse symbols representing a variety of faith traditions along with secular ones” are encouraged.
The College of Brockport in upstate New York says it understands the importance of a “festive work environment,” particularly “during the holiday season.”Alexander Koerner/Stringer/Getty Images
But the college warns against “culturally sensitive decorations,” and recommends employees “consider a ‘grab bag’ in place of a ‘Secret Santa’ gift exchange.”
Eastern Connecticut State University, Campus Reform reported, is offering students the opportunity to participate in “an inclusive holiday decorating party.”
Life University in Marietta, Georgia, is sponsoring a “holiday decorating contest.” Entries will be judged, in part, based on “inclusiveness, or how the decorations are respectful of all the religious winter holidays.”
Finally, the University of Alabama student newspaper ran an editorial slamming President Donald Trump for “bringing back” the “disrespectful” White House nativity scene:
Bringing back the nativity scene is a slap in the face to the remaining religions thriving within America. 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.
Religion in America is something that should be practiced within the confines of an individual’s home and place of worship, not the White House. Keeping the White House a place of neutrality during the holidays is imperative, which is why our former president banned it.
Incidentally, the student newspaper is wrong. President Donald Trump did not “bring back” the nativity scene, nor did former President Barack Obama “ban” it.
Snopes has not only called the claimed “ban” claim false, the site posted an image of the nativity scene in Obama’s White House — in 2016.