Our people are being terrorized by hooded animals posing as humans. They proudly shout out to their beloved god “allahu akbar,” as they murder innocents in his name. We have a president who will not call them what they are (but I will), sick fanatics that have evolved into, (o.k., Mr. President, close your eyes), Islamic terrorists. Why is this camel dung targeting Americans for extermination? I ask this question as a segue into some of the reasons why we are scoffed at, maligned by, and disrespected around the world. Our president has urged us to accept Islam, to adapt to their cultures and offer understanding. He says that will make them like us. Tell that to the bereaved families in San Bernardino, California. Simply, we have lost our way; we have abandoned or discarded the very cornerstones upon which this nation was built and the catalyst for our decline can be laid at the feet of liberalism.
We have allowed political correctness to become the rule and not the exception, and in doing so we have marginalized the very traditions and values of our once great republic. Cornell University, an elite repository for clever people, has laid down the PC law concerning Christmas. The school instructs that students and staff should avoid displaying holiday-specific decorations, including certain color combinations that might possibly favor one religion over another. “Inclusivity” is the key word, says Cornell. The school discourages the use of Mistletoe because it tends to pressure people to kiss, which in turn perpetuates a rape culture that might increase sexual assaults on campus. Also, Mistletoe is associated with Christmas and the very appearance of the decoration might traumatize a non-Christian student. Other holiday displays that are a no, no, include angels, trees with stars on top, and menorahs. Finally, Cornell wants everyone to focus on the winter season rather than on a particular holiday. As a compromising aside, the school does allow students or staff to privately place religious items in their room, like, say in a pillow case, under the bed, or maybe pressed between the pages of their textbook on gender and religious sensitivities.
The University of Tennessee denies that its openly stated “Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace” is not an official policy, but rather a commitment to an inclusive environment. Best not do the “Secret Santa” exchange this year, instead, call it “The Practical Joke Exchange.” The university suggested this alternative to religious biases, “a snowflake-themed life-coaching session.” Wow, that sounds like great fun! Pass the egg nog, oops, not allowed—-only fat free yogurt shakes.
Ohio State University has described it’s holiday guidelines as a “living document” of suggestions on how to avoid showing disrespect or disregard for the religious beliefs or non-beliefs of the students. You can go ahead and use bows, but avoid the red and green ones, as someone may be traumatized by them.
But the real mother of PC comes from the University of Maine. Katherine Timpf, writer for National Review, and from where much of this material was drawn, said that U. Maine’s executive director of auxiliary services sent out the following e-mail to all departmental managers: “Just wanted to remind everyone that Auxiliary Services is not to decorate any public areas with Christmas or any other religious themed decorations. Winter holiday decorations are fine but we need to not display any decoration that could be perceived as religious, which include xmas trees, wreaths, xmas presents, menorahs, candy canes, etc. What is allowed are winter themes, snowmen, plain trees without presents underneath, decorative lights, but not on trees, snow flakes, etc.” So keep those sugar cookies blank (holiday neutral) and don’t jingle those bells.
If you insist on being politically incorrect, I suggest you post a warning on your lawn. “WARNING: At this Christmas party, you will see a tree with colored lights, many red and green bows, a picture of the baby Jesus in the stable and Mistletoe above every door.” San Bernardino, sadly, has shown us the high cost of political correctness. Merry Christmas, ya’ll!
James Studdard is an attorney and an occasional columnist for this publication and others. Any comments may be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org