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December 20, 2005

University Administrator bans Christmas

... and St Patrick's day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving .... *

An administrator at California State University, Sacramento has banned decorations pertaining to Christmas and the 4th of July, among other holidays, from her office because they represent "religious discrimination" and "ethnic insensitivity."

"Time has come to recognize that religious discrimination, as well as ethnic insensitivity to certain holidays, is forbidden," Patricia Sonntag, director of the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, stated in the directive she e-mailed to members of her staff on Dec. 9. [...]

The memo specifically names Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentine's Day, the 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day and Easter as the most offensive holidays, but Sonntag adds that they are "off the top of the list," implying that there may be others.

She wrote that the ban was being implemented "in order to avoid offending someone else" because Sacramento State is "a secular university and we are a public service area that has a diverse employee and student populations [sic] even in our private offices."

It should be noted that the university itself has backed away from Ms. Sonntag, saying there is nothing in their guidelines prohibiting holiday decorations.

IMHO, anyone that finds the 4th of July as "offensive" needn't be working for a California State University.

Posted by Darleen at December 20, 2005 07:25 AM


Actually, someone who finds the 4th of July offensive couldn't find a better place to work than Cal State. That wouldn't be tolerated anywhere else but California.

Posted by: Dave S. at December 20, 2005 11:16 AM

What a pee brain that woman is. It staggers.

Posted by: Mieke at December 20, 2005 05:48 PM

What's so religous about the Fourth of July?

(I tell ya, these Marxists just plain hate holidays---any holidays!)

Posted by: TalkinKamel at December 20, 2005 06:04 PM

Will be interesting to see what happens when Kwanzaa gets challenged.

Posted by: J Rob at December 21, 2005 07:32 AM

It would be interesting if the do take on Kwanzaa. (I suspect they won't, but it'll be fun to watch if they do!)

(It's also gonna be fun to watch if they try cancelling Ramadan!)

Posted by: TalkinKamel at December 21, 2005 11:46 AM

I wonder if they are going to ban Arbor day?

Posted by: scody at December 21, 2005 03:25 PM

I meant pea brain of course.

Posted by: Mieke at December 21, 2005 06:12 PM

It reminds me of a "man on the street" segment on the news a long time ago, in which they pointed the mic at some random woman who sagely intoned "Free speech means you have the right to say anything you want, as long as it doesn't conflict with someone else's opinions."

...which of course is to this day the single best example I've ever seen of somebody opening their mouth and having not even a basic concept of the meaning of the words coming out of it.

Posted by: Strider at December 22, 2005 08:44 AM