December 18, 2017

Bows and Wrapped Gifts Deemed OFFENSIVE by University

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

And the latest casualty in the "war on Christmas" is... gift wrap.

Bow and wrapped gifts have been labeled "offensive" by administrators at the University of Minnesota:

An academic department at the University of Minnesota declared that “bows/wrapped gifts” are “not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year.” According a copy of the guidelines obtained by Campus Reform, UMN’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) encouraged its employees “to recognize holidays in ways that are respectful of the diversity of our community,” recommending a series of steps to take. “Consider neutral-themed parties such as ‘winter celebration,’” the flyer suggests, adding that “decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.”

The guidelines go on to say that individuals “may display expressions of their religious faith in their own personal space if it does not have a meaningful public function,” and not “in public areas,” such as “reception areas” or “kitchens.”

“Bows/wrapped gifts,” along with the “Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and white/silver decorations” are also discouraged.

If that doesn't get you into the holiday spirit, I don't know what will!

 

Taking steps to create an atmosphere where everyone feels included is a good thing -- but too often such efforts go too far, and begin to suck the joy out of our holidays. For nearly a decade, Americans have been instructed to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"; Christmas trees in town squares have been replaced with "holiday trees"; colleges have sanitized holiday celebrations on campus; and now we can't even affix a bow to a nicely wrapped gift without being scolded. 

Now that President Trump is in office, Americans can expect many of the Obama-era shackles to be removed from the Christmas season. But it's clear that in some places, such as UMN, political correctness is still eroding holiday joy. 

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commented 2017-12-19 23:28:38 -0500
Atheism versus New Age paganism.
Families are falling apart, millions are alone and lonely, so why should others be joyous at Christmas? Not only is it an attack on Christianity, it is the result of a broken society where people don’t know how to socialize anymore.
It takes too much effort to speak to humans in person, interact or imagine this….laugh together.

Do you ever hear people laugh anymore?
commented 2017-12-19 08:59:36 -0500
Why is it that the host country is always expected to cater to everyone else’s culture and background? Traditions are meaningless now?
commented 2017-12-18 21:10:54 -0500
Not sure what’s going on with the site tonight, comments showing up in duplicate, triplicate on many threads….
commented 2017-12-18 20:17:16 -0500
Kristin, this is non-stop direct attacks on our culture, values, rights and freedom. The West is too polite. We don’t owe anything to anybody and certainly not to people who refuse our values. I’ve never heard in all my life the words accomodation and inclusiveness so often. I don’t have to accomodate anybody so that THEY feel included. Time to stand up for our culture and defend it tooth and nail.
commented 2017-12-18 20:16:41 -0500
Kristin, this is non-stop direct attacks on our culture, values, rights and freedom. The West is too polite. We don’t owe anything to anybody and certainly not to people who refuse our values. I’ve never heard in all my life the words accomodation and inclusiveness so often. I don’t have to accomodate anybody so that THEY feel included. Time to stand up for our culture and defend it tooth and nail.
commented 2017-12-18 19:48:46 -0500
I think everyone who celebrates Christmas should give themselves the gift of not inviting any relatives with SJW leanings. A merry time will be had by all!
commented 2017-12-18 19:48:30 -0500
I think everyone who celebrates Christmas should give themselves the gift of not inviting any relatives with SJW leanings. A merry time will be had by all!
commented 2017-12-18 19:48:13 -0500
I think everyone who celebrates Christmas should give themselves the gift of not inviting any relatives with SJW leanings. A merry time will be had by all!
commented 2017-12-18 18:09:36 -0500
KRISTIN you say, “…Taking steps to create an atmosphere where everyone feels included is a good thing…”

I think I’ll disagree with that.
Who came along when and said we have to please everybody, all the time.
I believe in polite and civilized, but we’ve had multiculturalism, diversity, inclusion, and all the rest of the made-up SJW-Identity-politics Marxist BS forced onto us.
I’m not talking about intentionally ostracizing foreigners and strangers with bigotry and racism, I’m talking about celebrating my heritage free from lefty-imposed White Man’s Burden of guilt for whatever!
Because, as a White, Christian, heterosexual, male of European descent, I am singled out and discriminated against by all the ‘special’ interest groups who are backed up by the FIVE P’s…and not so much individually as much as collectively discriminated against!

Twenty years ago people’d think you’re nuts for talking like that…
commented 2017-12-18 17:29:34 -0500
I truly don’t give a damn if someone feels excluded ( like Muslims maybe or leftists). Merry Christmas everyone and I hope you get lots of gifts under your Christmas tree beside your Nativity scene.
commented 2017-12-18 15:01:20 -0500
@ Stephen E. commented 18 mins ago
This is one of those, “Give me a break!” moments.

…and it’s time we take their “breaks” away!!
commented 2017-12-18 14:58:37 -0500
Well, their “holiday” gifts – a large chunk of hard coal – could be delivered via cannon. Now how could that be deemed offensive? This kind of thing needs to be defied by all reasonable decent people.
commented 2017-12-18 14:44:53 -0500
Don’t send your kids to University. Instead, send them to trades schools where they will learn something useful along with some life skills!
commented 2017-12-18 14:41:54 -0500
This is one of those, “Give me a break!” moments.

Diversity is for all who don’t share Judaeo-Christian beliefs, or the holidays, traditions, and culture of the nation. If someone comes to the US or Canada, Australia, the UK, or (once upon a time) Europe they must accept the fact that these areas expect to continue as always as if you are’t there. You, as an immigrant, illegal resident, visitor or whatever, must not expect the life styles of the citizens to cease just because you are there and observe this behaviour.

Enough is enough. Let these PC useless idiots try to expect this same treatment of not being offended in the countries where these permanently offended come from. A big surprise is in store for them.

How stupid can they be? Wrapping paper is offensive? Bows on a box is offensive? Traditional bright wintery dress is offensive? How about newly arrived foreigners maintaining their traditional dress instead of blending in with the majority? Maybe some find that not being diverse and being intentionally offensive.

Cinqo de Mayo is treated as a national holiday in the US. It has nothing to do with the US. Its a Mexican national holiday. What next; Ramadan becomes an enforced holiday?

I wonder, if ISIS flags are considered offensive by these fools who obviously have too much time on their hands and too large a paycheque.
commented 2017-12-18 14:20:53 -0500
“Leftards” or “Snowflakes” will implode if and when they come to my home. And I’m so looking forward to witnessing that display.

Merry Christmas to everyone.!!!!

Happy New Year too!!!!
commented 2017-12-18 13:35:58 -0500
… I wonder if there have ever been any “newcomers” who were offended by our country’s Christmas celebrations. Probably just miserable atheist university professors.
… At some point, you’ve bent over so far backwards, that you’ve got your head up your a**.
commented 2017-12-18 13:18:14 -0500
Can you imagine the eye rolls when one of these “academics” shows up to their extended family’s homes & proceeds to lecture them about his/her latest call for change…as to not exclude anyone?!! Pretty soon, the invitations dry up…then the blowhard will wonder why they live in a state of isolation. Lacking insight into the situation, the cerebral socialist will blame others for his/her loneliness.
commented 2017-12-18 13:05:40 -0500
First Jingle bells and now this? Give me a break!
commented 2017-12-18 12:47:35 -0500
Every time I hear or read about “Leftists”, I get “Triggered”.
Every time I hear, read or see that “Leftists” have condemned another Christian/Western tradition I get “Triggered”.
It’s bad enough that we have SJW’s like Black Lives Matter, various so called Women’s Feminist groups and Snowflake university and college students doing and saying everything they possibly can to undermine society in every way they can, but we have university and college “Professors”, supposedly educated men and women saying and doing ridiculous things that help the SJW’s and snowflakes in their quest to get and be “triggered”.
Ezra is absolutely correct when he advocates that parents should not send their kids to universities and colleges. It is a huge waste of money and time.
I would go so far as to advocate that these so called “Professors” should be grabbed and jailed for stealing parents money and subverting students.
Boy do I get triggered by these morons. Or as my favorite rabbit says “Maroons”
commented 2017-12-18 12:41:42 -0500
(Sorry, that should be “Hanukkah”.)
commented 2017-12-18 12:40:34 -0500
Hannukkah and Christmas aren’t doing anything to anyone. Anyone who takes offence to either of them is just looking for something to quibble about.