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Colleges across America promote taking Christ out of Christmas By Teri Webster

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Under the guise of inclusivity, colleges across the nation are promoting non-religious decorations and displays for Christmas.

It’s part of an annual debate on whether public religious displays are appropriate for Christmas — a holiday so-named because it celebrates the birth of Christ. Some colleges issue decorating guidelines reports Campus Reform, a conservative website for college news.  College leaders say the guidelines are simply an attempt to make the holiday season more inclusive.

At the State University of New York at Brockport and other colleges, decorating guidelines advise against religious Christmas displays:

“Keep decorations general and non-specific to any religion,” Brockport’s policy states. “Create a winter theme with lights and color rather than religious icons, or include decorations from all the cultural traditions represented in your department. Be sure to ask everyone in the department to contribute to holiday decorating.”

Brockport’s policy goes as far as saying that Secret Santa gift exchanges should instead be called “grab bags.”

What about decorating contests?

Campus decorating contests are also becoming more inclusive… Other colleges are leaving off the word “Christmas” to describe annual tree lighting ceremonies, Campus Reform reports. Included among them is Mercyhurst University, a Catholic college in Pennsylvania. Mercyhurst now calls it the “annual holiday tree lighting.”

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