Univ. of Minnesota: Santa, Christmas trees and nativity scenes not appropriate for Christmas

Over the weekend, Fox News reported that the University of Minnesota has declared that Santa Claus, Christmas trees and nativity scenes, along with the colors red and green are examples of inappropriate “religious iconography” during the Christmas holiday season.

The school also said that menorahs and the colors blue and white are inappropriate for  Hanukkah.

“Consider neutral-themed parties such as a ‘winter celebration,’” the school handout read. “Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.”

Even gifts that are wrapped made the school’s list.

According to Fox:

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.”

And, Fox News added, students triggered by wrapped presents, decorated trees or the colors red, green, blue or white, are encouraged to report the incidents to school authorities:

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.

One Fox reader said: “I tell you what…you damn liberals can go to hell; I will put up any decoration I want. This country was founded by Christians; I suggest, if you don’t like it, you should move somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Christian holidays…like the middle east. I’ll go you one better, I’ll buy you a one way ticket to Iran; you should really love it there…no Christians, no Christian holidays.”

Another person noted: “The only religion allowed is Atheist Liberal Progressivism.”

There is one other religion allowed, but no one can mention that without being called a bigot…


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