I periodically check in on the American Family Association’s www.onenewsnow.com website. It’s a fairly reliable indicator of the conspiracies and lunacies circulating among America’s conservative Christians. Their enjoying their usual public “war on Christmas” drama this year.
In an article decrying “A judge in Indiana has halted a public high school’s nativity scene during its Christmas program”, they report:
Really? Banned? I clicked the link which took me to this article:
If you plan on having a Christmas party at the University of Tennessee be sure to leave the Baby Jesus and Santa Claus at home.
The taxpayer-funded university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion recently released an “unofficial” edict calling for the campus to host holiday parties that do not emphasize religion or culture.
Those are pretty strong words. Fortunately there’s a link to the university’s website with the supposed edict. Starnes, unsurprisingly, misrepresented the actual document which addressed specifically campus WORKPLACE parties and which did not in fact do what he claimed it did. Here’s the complete text of the online document:
As we enter the holiday season, please be mindful of the rich diversity of our campus community. Recognizing a wide variety of cultures and beliefs, we should note that people choose to celebrate in different ways and on varying days of the year.
While there are many joyous occasions and special opportunities to gather, employee participation in any celebration should always be voluntary. While it is inevitable that differences will appear in how people celebrate, everyone is encouraged to have an open mind and to approach every situation with sensitivity.
We are grateful for the many people, cultures, and viewpoints of our campus. We should celebrate our diversity not only during the holidays but also on every day of the year.
IOW, don’t force employees to celebrate if they don’t want to, and please be aware that you may be celebrating Christmas, someone else is not.
If you click through to the office’s page, you will see a list of cultural and religious holidays, including a variety of Christian traditions, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and African-American holidays.
What it comes down to is that America’s tough talking conservative Christians really have china chins and can’t stand even the hint of diversity.