The University of Tennessee at Knoxville recently issued guidelines for employees to ensure their holiday party isn’t a Christmas party in disguise. Public officials are looking into this and demanding action.
Abolishing Christmas doesn’t make a place more inclusive, it excludes the majority of Americans. Inclusive would be a holiday party that also recognizes other cultures. That aside, the real problem here is a university telling staff what they can and cannot do during a legal national holiday.
I have an idea, why don’t they just butt out?
A HuffPo article began with this byline, Conservatives can’t stop freaking out about everything the University of Tennessee says or does. No, the liberals can’t stop freaking out when conservatives have an opinion or when people don’t like their freedom to even hold a holiday party and give cards taken away.
The statists at the university are encouraging employees to send non-denominational cards, use nondescript decor, and use food and beverages that do not appear to support a religion or culture.
Even the food! No Christmas or Dreidel cookies! This is beyond petty.
Leftists are not only totalitarian bigots, they’re no fun whatsoever.
And you know those fun Secret Santa games? Forget it. They want them obliterated also.
“Holiday parties and celebrations should not play games with religious and cultural themes — for example, ‘Dreidel’ or ‘Secret Santa.’ If you want to exchange gifts, then refer to it in a general way, such as a practical joke gift exchange or secret gift exchange,” the guidelines state.
College Fix reported that the list isn’t enforceable by the university.
“The university does not have an official policy regarding religious and culture decor or celebration in the workplace. However, we are fully committed to a diverse, welcoming and inclusive environment,” Lili’a Uili Neville, a spokeswoman for the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, told the College Fix.
They may not have an official policy but they know that the staff would be afraid to do it now and they would be subject to problems from the first crank to complain.
“No one can ‘get in trouble’ if they choose not to use these best practices,” Neville continued. “They are an online resource for faculty and staff to review if they are interested in creating a more inclusive holiday environment within their departments and administrative units.”
They need to grow a backbone. Who says they are best practices?
According to the Tennessean, two state lawmakers, Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham and Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell, are calling for the school’s chancellor to resign.
They need to get rid of the faculty too because they are in agreement with him.
“This is offensive to the vast majority of Tennesseans who help fund this university through their tax dollars,” Bell said in the email to the Tennessean. “We have lost confidence in Chancellor [Jimmy] Cheek’s ability to lead the state’s flagship university.”
Chancellor Jimmy Cheek speaks during the dedication of Peyton Manning Pass on the University of Tennessee campus on Friday, October 19, 2012. (Chad Greene/Special to the News Sentinel)