According to the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (yes, that’s a thing), college is a place to learn extreme political correctness and be systematically stripped of your values and culture.
Gee, and all this time I thought it was where you went to learn how to be a well-rounded, critically thinking adult. Oh, and drink beer.
ABC News reported that UTODI has been cracking down on Christmas. Their new guidelines advise people to keep all parties strictly secular, with no decorations, Santa or Jesus to “ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise.”
The guidelines include non-denominational holiday cards, strictly secular games (no dreidel) and non-religious refreshment (which precludes what, exactly?).
But the boys at Beta Upsilon Chi weren’t having it, according to WKRN News. The 6-foot-tall banner depicting a Christmas tree topped by a star and draped over the side of their fraternity house read, “Come and Take It.” As in, “I dare you.”
The students were defending the banner to prove they mean business in protecting Christmas. Honestly, of all the things I might mess with, a group of military-age guys from Tennessee isn’t among them.
The University itself has denied the actions of the UTODI, and the guidelines have been removed from the website.
Some very prominent folks are putting the hammer down on this policy. Apparently, they know the meaning of the term “slippery slope.”
Tennessee Republican Rep. John Duncan told Fox News, “The people I represent are disgusted by this. People from all over the country are sick and tired of all this political correctness.”
The same article quoted Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. He said students don’t attend college “to have their values and traditions sidelined and undermined.”
The point is that diversity is about inclusion, not exclusion. Christmas, by definition, includes Christ. And besides, there’s presents, and ribbons, and cakes, music, and shiny sparkly things, and reindeer.
And beer, of course. At least while you’re in college.