Christmas celebrations banned at the University of Minnesota
The Grinch that Stole Christmas is a charming story about a mean old Grinch who decided he wanted to steal Christmas from the Christmas loving people of Who-ville. It’s a fun fictional story with a charming ending. However, this fictionally story has become a reality at the University of Minnesota.
This year the University of Minnesota has decided to ban Christmas on campus. They are not allowing student workers or employees to host “inappropriate religious celebrations” in public spaces. Please sign this letter to the University of Minnesota urging them not to ban Christmas parties! This is a season nearly all Americans know and enjoy. It is simply wrong to forbid students from celebrating the holiday on campus.
The university just published a document titled, “Religious Diversity and the Holidays.” The document, published by the school’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office, told students “to recognize the holidays in ways that are respectful of the diversity of the University community.”
What does the school consider inappropriate? “Santa Claus, Angels, Christmas trees, Star of Bethlehem, Dreidels, Nativity scene, Bows/wrapped gifts, Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and White/Silver decoration themes (red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hanukkah that is also celebrated at this time of year).”
So, what kind of celebrations are allowed on campus? “Consider neutral-themed parties such as a ‘winter celebration. Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.”
This is political correctness gone wild.
According to the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of all Americans celebrate Christmas. That’s a staggering number. The holiday season is impossible to miss. Starbucks rolls out new festive cups, babies and daddies everywhere start wearing Santa hats and nearly every door in the neighborhood is graced with a pine wreath.
Christmas is a season for awe and for wonder. Each year, our calendar reminds us that upon the earth a Light has dawned. Christ came to bring light into our darkness and peace to a world full of sin and death. He came in the humble form of a tiny, tiny baby. This celebration is a very good thing. We should have a huge party to celebrate the fact that the King of Kings and Lord or Lord stepped down into creation in the form of a tiny baby to bridge the chasm between heaven and earth.
Celebrating Christmas each year is very important for the simple reason that it reminds us of what Christmas is all about. It is a religious holiday. And the University of Minnesota has no business trying to ban Christmas celebrations on campus.
Sign this petition now!
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