Dear Lord this just makes me want to bang my head on a desk again. The University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (I wish I were kidding) is basically the Ministry of Thought there. You are brainwashed into being politically correct or else. And one of the things they just can’t stand is Christmas. Regardless of what some propagandic stooge of a pastor says on camera, UTODI has been trying to quash the religious holiday. They tell students to keep all holiday parties strictly secular with no Santa Claus and certainly no baby Jesus. That’s a violation of constitutional rights and not only freedom of speech, but freedom of religion.
There is at least one fraternity that won’t stand for this… Beta Upsilon Chi is taking a stand. They have hung a 6 foot-tall banner on the wall of their fraternity house that reads: “Come and Take It.” A Second Amendment spin on the First Amendment. Me likey. This is a Christian fraternity and these boys are willing to take a stand and not bow to the university and their PC goons. Good for them.
From the Conservative Tribune:
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 was quick to deny the stance of UTODI and removed their statement from their web site. It would seem there was serious push back on this move and it was deemed a ‘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.” Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey also said students don’t attend college “to have their values and traditions sidelined and undermined.” I couldn’t agree more.
Diversity should be about inclusion, not exclusion. People of all faiths should be allowed to worship as they see fit… again, see the First Amendment. Christmas is one of the holiest holidays for Christians. On or off campus, we have a right to have Christmas trees, Santa and nativity scenes as we see fit. Students should be allowed to pray if it does not harm others and to celebrate the season in its entirety. No one has the right to tell someone how they should and shouldn’t practice their faith.
These policies may not be the official stance of the university… but they do bring into question what purpose the Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves. Other than being fascist that is.
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