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More Christmas madness: Prof wants ‘Merry Christmas’ scrubbed, decorations called unsafe

Stories of political correctness run amok on college campuses when it comes to celebrating Christmas – heck, when it comes to just mentioning Christmas – continue to pile up.

The latest two examples include a professor who does not want “Merry Christmas” uttered and a university that called Christmas decorations unsafe.

University of Central Florida professor Terri Fine suggested to her campus recently that they should stop saying “Merry Christmas,” and instead use the more inclusive “Happy Federal Holiday.”

“A Holiday Greeting That Applies to Everyone” was the title of a column she penned for UCF Today that argued her idea was the best way to assure no one was offended in any way, shape or form in December.

“My friends and I wish each other a ‘Happy Federal Holiday,'” she explained, noting it’s the least offensive. Even “happy holidays” doesn’t cut it, she stated.

“Couldn’t ‘Happy Holidays’ be the most inclusive greeting because it is so non-specific? Yes, perhaps, but it is the non-specificity of ‘Happy Holidays’ that makes it inappropriate because it fails to recognize the importance of Christmas to Christians while it also suggests that Chanukah should be more important to Jews than the high holidays and festivals that come at other times during the year,” Fine wrote.

She sounds like a super-fun lady to hang with, eh?

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Moving right along, at the University of Missouri’s Student Health Center, administrators are so worried that seeing Christmas decorations might scar students they’ve banished them.

“I’m aware that many of you are in the mood to decorate your areas with the holiday spirit in mind.  However, after discussing it with ET, I’ve decided that holiday decorations will not be displayed this year. Our mission is to provide a safe, comfortable place for all students to receive their health care. Without meaning to, some of the holiday symbols that we may display could contradict that mission,” stated an email sent out by Susan Even, executive director of the center.

In other words, Christmas decorations are unsafe, according to Dr. Even.

The email, first reported on by MRCTV, added:

As I announced last week, ET has created a new standing Committee on Diversity to help our center become more inclusive and culturally responsive.  One of their tasks will be to help us with this very issue. I know this decision will be disappointing to some of you, but I can assure you that the kindness, warmth and compassion that you show all students is as important now as any time of the year.

It comes down to this at far too many universities nowadays: Rather than offend anyone, nobody can celebrate Christmas. Talk about bah-humbug.

RELATED: Students sign ‘petition’ to ban song ‘White Christmas’ because it’s ‘insulting to people of color

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