College news: Happy Holidays still OK? — but not Merry Christmas
or reference to the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah? Just now a retraction by that college — just before Christmas.
Hot off the press: The University of Minnesota retracts a document that restricted staff use of Christmas decorations on campus.
In a memo sent by the University of Minnesota earlier this month, staff was told that Santa and Christmas tree decorations were “not appropriate” for campus buildings.
In general, the following are not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year since they typically represent specific religious iconography: Santa Claus, Angels, Christmas trees, Star of Bethlehem, Dreidels, Nativity scene, bows/wrapped gifts. Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and White/Silver decoration themes (red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hanukkah that is also celebrated at this time of year).
The memo asked university staffers to consider using “neutral-themed” decorations when decking out their campus space.
In a comment to Campus Reform, the University of Minnesota claims that the memo was merely advisory rather than an enforced policy…