The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason
The University of Minnesota has distributed guidelines on how to celebrate the holidays in the most inclusive, bias-free way possible. They’ve gone a bit overboard in the process, unless you think there’s something innately Christian about bells or the color red.
The guidelines—composed by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences’ Diversity and Inclusion Office—ask that students and faculty respect “the diversity of the University community” by hosting “neutral-themed parties such as a ‘winter celebration.'” Lest there be any confusion over which decorations are sufficiently generic, the document includes a list of items and images that are “not appropriate” because they represent “specific religious iconography.”
That includes the obvious candidates, such nativity scenes, menorahs, and angels. It includes semi-secular symbols, such as Santa Claus. And it includes some items whose religious content is hard to discern at all: red and green decorations (“representative of the Christian tradition”), bluepost was originally published on this site