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Posted on 12/18/2005 8:46:42 PM PST by FeeinTennessee
University Administrator Declares Christmas 'Forbidden' By Nathan Burchfiel CNSNews.com Correspondent December 16, 2005
(CNSNews.com) - 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.
Cybercast News Service obtained the directive from the non-profit Catholic League, which "defends the right of Catholics ... to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination," according to its website. The content of the e-mail was confirmed by the university.
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."
Sonntag noted that she is "the worst offender and celebrant," and apologized "if this offends anyone, but it is time to start the new year differently."
A Nov. 28 profile of Sonntag in the university's faculty and staff newsletter stated that she and her office "Have been the cornerstone of equality and progress here on campus."
But the university associate vice president for public affairs, Frank Whitlatch, distanced the university from Sonntag's policy, saying in a prepared statement that it "was well-intentioned but strays from the established practice."
He stated that the university "has no guidelines prohibiting holiday decorations," aside from the responsibility of supervisors, "to ensure that employees do not spend an unreasonable amount of work time decorating."
Whitlatch echoed Sonntag's sentiments that Sacramento State "is a public entity ... and employees do not endorse specific religious beliefs while on the job."
Catholic League president Bill Donohue called the policy a violation of free speech rights. "It never occurs to these secular supremacists that it is their aversion to anything religious - or patriotic - that accounts for their desire to muzzle free speech."
A receptionist in Sonntag's office told Cybercast News Service that Sonntage was on vacation. The office's assistant director, Teresa Mendick, did not return calls requesting comment for this article.
This has got to be a joke!!!!
All signs pointing to her being a Social "Science" or HUmanties Professor.
She doesn't like green beer?
Time to ban her pay.
Let her get an honest job.
No joke. I got an alert in an email from a friend with a message to email this "administrator"...I will have to find it. Anyway, I was shocked too. Who could be this anti-American?!
"Patricia Sonntag, director of the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities,"
Her disability is obvious.
I'd say more, except it would get me banned (again).
So don't celebrate Christmas.
Bring a cake to work with "Happy Birthday Jesus" on it and have a birthday party.
Sing Happy Birth Jesus and if anyone complains say it is the hispanic janitors birthday and you though it would be nice to through him a little appreciation party.
Tell you what, "Earth Day" or whatever the he!! they call it better be on that list. What a maroon....
I'm really getting tired of this whole nonsense though.
Of course, Fraulein Sonntag is banning the Mexican "Day of Death" and Kwanzaa also and all the Muslim holidays; I'm certain she'll do those things to be equitable. Heil Hitler!!
It's Sac State. It's real.
That's the problem, they don't think ...period!
Sacramento is a hellgate anyway, isn't it?
Now I will have a great excuse to turn them down when their alumni fundraising calls come, besides the general liberal bias, that is.
I want to puke.
Lemme just guess here, Pat. Santa always put coal in your stocking when you were a kid. That'd make me hate Christmas, too.
Now about that 4th of July thing, you're a bona-fide nutcase.
Bull Dyke Alert.
A Sac State employee keeping a flag on her desk? This is a university! Get real.
So, she is employed by a public, tax-payer funded university, is she?
Here is a Civics 101 lesson:
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof........
This nothing that a lawsuit filed by an extremely vicious, money-grubbing lawyer can't fix.
Of course, the university can spare itself such problems by simply firing her for violating the constitutional rights of state employees.
How ironic. I presume she does not understand her own name. Her own rules would bann it.
Sounds more like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union than the United States of America.
The fact that our people tolerate this Totalitarian crap makes a joke out of the stanza "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" in our National Anthem.
So that's her huh?
Darn, too bad I can't find the email to write, I'd already have sent her a scathing letter of what I think.
"This surprised me considering that this administrator attacked the 4th of July also!"
I guess Bastille Day and May Day are ok with her, though. I'll bet she still accepts federal funding from the evil, insensitive United States whose birthday she condemns.
Sonntag is a nut case. An un-American pain in the arse who needs to be told her "directive" is a cow pie that will get tossed back in her face.
Yet another example of the tyranny of the secular.
Oh no, my friend, this is no joke. Welcome to the world of the leftist academic cesspool that is infecting our kids.
No 4th of July, no federal funds. It should be as simple as that.
Why bother, being Her is the worst thing I can think of
I used to work for a university that instituted a ban on individual holiday office parties because they "weren't inclusive enough." The only way we could have one was if we sent invitations to every other department and suite in our building. Our solution was to have an "optional after-hours staff meeting" every Christmas. >:)
It just amazes me what kind of dreamland these administrators live in.
Well, she has offended me. Does that count?
Attacking the 4th of July and St Patrick's Day should be a hint that this memo is tongue-in-cheek. If it's not, the lady is bonkers. I think she's just provokin' someone.
With what is going on today...I'm not surprised if she's serious.
insensitive to the majority...
If she's banning 4th of July will she ban Veteran's Day as well? I wonder if groundhog day is safe with her...nah.
If someone has a red nose, will they be accused of dissing Rudolph?
If you were to establish, say, the Baptist church as an official U.S. religion, but didn't require people to believe it, just to practice it, there would still be a problem. Instead, we are establishing atheism. We don't require people to believe it, just to practice it. They think it's "neutrality" but it's not.
Either that or she has an aversion to burnt weinies and beer with watermellon for dessert.
I like your tag line. Apropos especially for this thread.
I'm sure we can all figure out her "reasoning" as to why everything is offensive:
Christmas = Evil monotheistic holiday being imposed on the majority of Christians who are too stupid to realize they are being controlled by the Pope and Jerry Falwell.
Thanksgiving = Celebration of American genocide against the Native Americans. And that giving thanks to God business is too exclusivist.
Halloween = Breeders allowing their children to have fun -- very offensive.
Valentine's Day = Heterosexist, homophobic male domination of women.
4th of July = First American imperialist war of aggression.
Saint Patrick's Day = Something Catholic -- we can't allow that! And Irish people are too white to deserve a holiday.
Easter = Affirmation of life -- what could be more offensive?
It's her office, its her choice.
94% of the US believes in God, however, to not offend the 6% who do not believe in God, the government has taken to position they will discriminate against the 94%. They could care less is you are offended, as you are to show religious tolerance, and turn the other cheek.
This is why the retailers have taken their crazy anti-Christmas campaigns today. Great marketing ploy!-- Offend 94% of your customer, while pleasing the other 6%. I could never make it as a marketing exec, because I am not smart enough to come up with asinine ideas such as this. (sarcasm)
Hey Patty........write this down.........you're a drooling idiot who doesn't deserve to wash my dishes. Think it's time you hightail it to some 'superior' Third World s**thole where you can revel in your stupidity; you sure as hell are neither wanted nor needed here.
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