Saturday, December 12, 2015

Univ. of Tenn. Offends Students on Xmas Parties; "Ensure Your Holiday Party Is Not a Xmas Party"

In a ridiculous anti-Christian statement that almost cost a university chancellor and several diversity staff members their jobs, the University of Tennessee (UT) at Knoxville warned students to not throw Christmas parties because someone might somehow be offended, The Daily Beast website reports today (December 12, 2015).

UT at Knoxville issued this "Scrooge-ish" piece of advice last week: "Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise."

The university has since rediscovered its Christmas spirit, but not before bewilderment and anger by some students and several politicians who interpret any slight against Christmas as an attack on Christianity itself.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey wrote that Tennessee's very reputation was at stake: "If this post was approved by [UT] Chancellor [Jimmy] Cheek, he should resign. If not, the entire staff of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion should be dismissed." Chancellor Cheek apologized for the non-Christmas party statement, and agreed that students should be allowed to have a Christmas party if they so desire.

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