Christmas-Free Campuses? Colleges Encourage 'Inclusive' Holiday Celebrations
Universities across the country are encouraging - or requiring - students to make any holiday celebrations secular and "inclusive."
Campus Reform reported that the University of California-Irvine encouraged individual departments to “focus on celebrating a special occasion, instead of a specific holiday,” suggesting a “year-end celebration” or celebrating “seasonal themes such as fall, winter, or spring.”
"Ensure that office celebrations are not indirectly celebrating religious holidays," the guidelines read. "Display diverse symbols representing a variety of faith traditions along with secular ones."
Similar guidelines at The State University of New York-Brockport discouraged any Secret Santa gift exchange. And Ohio University said any decorations “displayed in public areas” should “be secular in nature.”
On "Fox & Friends," Campus Reform correspondent and UC-Irvine student Ariana Rowlands said the politically correct left preaches tolerance, but not for Christianity.
"These college campuses across the country are so focused on not offending people and protecting people's feelings that they'll pander to the minority to the detriment of the majority, and remove and go over a big holiday in the process," Rowlands said.
She said this phasing out of Christmas is an example of how students are being coddled by colleges, and they're going to take that mentality with them when they graduate and enter the real world.
"It seems that college administrators and college campuses don't really have respect for freedom of religion, just like they don't have respect for freedom of speech," Rowlands said.
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