An academic department at the University of Minnesota has released a politically correct list of regulations and banned items for the Christmas season titled “Religious Diversity and Holidays”. These guidelines effectively ban Chistmas and Hanukkah references on campus.
Campus Reform obtained the faculty guidelines created by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at UMN’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences earlier this week.
The handout requests that students “recognize holidays in ways that are respectful of the diversity of our University community” and makes the following social justice recommendations:
- Consider neutral-themed parties such as a “winter celebration.”
- Keep the theme of any invitations neutral and non-religious and not reflective of any one religious holiday.
- Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion. Also, be mindful of dietary restrictions and provide alternatives.
- Individuals may display expressions of their religious faith in their own personal space if it does not have a meaningful public function and, not in public areas (e.g. reception areas, kitchens, etc.)
It also presents a list of unsuitable items for displays and gatherings during the Christmas period, because the items generally represent specific religions. This list includes: Santa Claus, angels, Christmas trees, the Star of Bethlehem, dreidels, bows and wrapped gifts, menorah, bells and doves.
The handout also appears to even ban Christmas and Hannukah colors, stating that “red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hannukah” and including them in the list of inappropriate imagery.
It even seeks to entice people into reporting report non-conformity with the draconian regulations, stating that students should “encourage individuals to express their concerns and provide them with information about the various reporting options available”, including the “Bias Incident Website“, “Office for Conflict Resolution” and other groups.
The guidelines direct students to the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA), which provides “educational programming” on issues related to discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, bullying, religious discrimination, and the hiring process and is responsible for “recommending changes and making revisions to relevant University policies and procedures”.
A representative at the CFANS Department told Campus Reform that the guidelines were merely used for “conversation among faculty and staff” and were “not policy” and “not for distribution”.
Social justice efforts to censor or even ban Christmas in the name of “diversity and tolerance” are not unique to the United States. A primary school in Denmark attracted heavy criticism earlier this week when it chose to completely cancel its traditional Christmas service due to the presence of non-Christian children.
Many Christmas markets across Western Europe have also been struck by political correctness and either canceled or renamed to “Winter Market”, “Winter Ville”, “Winter Fun” or a similar religiously neutral title.