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The people in the University of Minnesota-department may be getting a lump of coal in their stockings this year for a number of Vacation guidelines given to students in the name of “inclusion.”
Becket, a non-profit law firm that defends the freedom of expression, awarded with the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences “the Respect of Religious Diversity” event this year in the lowest (dis)honor, the 2017 Ebenezer Award, to the most ridiculous affront to the Christmas and Hanukkah season.
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The event is considered to be christmas trees, Menorahs, and the colors red and green and silver and blue as “inappropriate” for college campuses during the holiday season.
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The document is a “conversation piece, to facilitate dialogue on a voluntary, internal college event in the respect of the religious diversity in the workplace,” university spokesperson Emma Bauer told Fox News.
“It makes little sense to celebrate religious diversity by prohibiting a feeling of real holiday,” said Becket Executive Director Montse Alvarado. “And what do they have against color schemes, we are living in communist Cuba?”
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Previous winners include the American Humanist Society, who were trying to stop schools from sending care packages to children in need, and the Department of Veteran Affairs, which banned employees in Salem, Virginia facility to say “Merry Christmas” to veterans.
The Capitol christmas tree is lit in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
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“A hearty bah-humbug toast to the university officials that Christian and Jewish students feel like second-class citizens at a time that should be full of brotherly love, and giving,” said Alvarado.
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Becket points out that the Supreme Court has long maintained government holiday displays that send “a message of pluralism and freedom of belief during the holiday season,” including scenes that have striking religious elements.
Becket believes bureaucrats are to blame for the absurd results.
“Although the public opinion and the law on the side of the religious holidays, some bureaucrats insist on scrubbing the public square of any religious references.”
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke