Skip to comments.County Executive orders "religion-neutral" Christmas (and blames 9/11 Attack)
Posted on 11/30/2001 8:42:29 AM PST by ppaul
TO: KC Global Announcement to All King County Employees
FM: Ron Sims, King County Executive
RE: Holiday Celebrations
With the post September 11 tragedy climate and the religious holidays starting, we at King County want to ensure that any upcoming holiday celebration at the workplace is held in a respectful, inclusive, and sensitive manner that does not favor one religion over another. Particularly in public areas, this means that any holiday recognition or celebration should be religion-neutral.
Examples of religion-neutral practices include: naming the celebration(s) "Holiday Celebration" or "Winter Celebration;"
using general greetings such as "Happy Holidays" or "Holiday Greetings;"
using decorations that are commonplace - poinsettias, evergreen boughs, lights - but not using religious symbols nor practices; and
obtaining the concurrence of all affected employees prior to holding a holiday social and/or food gathering. Care should be taken that employees who do not concur with holding a gathering are protected from retaliation.
Cultural information sharing about various religious holidays in the name of diversity is allowable when it is done in the context of employee education and is inclusive of various religious celebrations such as Ramadan, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc.
I encourage you to contact Maria Batayola, at (206) 263-7380, should you have any questions and/or comments.
cc: Robert S. Derrick, Director, Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)
Maria Batayola, Manager, Diversity Management Division, OHRM
King County Executive, RON SIMS
Here's the link to his website: King County Executive, RON SIMS
By public I assume they mean publicly (i.e govt) owned property. Otherwise it is a 1st Amendment violation.
They just sit around all day, trying to figure out new ways to insinuate themselves on people who are trying to work for a living.
To top it off, they set their own salary.
Here's the problem - people can make a career out of diversity. I bet there is a college degree in diversity somewhere....
Was'nt it Lenin who said something to the effect of "remove freedom in small increments and by the time the people realize its gone there's nothing they can do about it"?
Holyday of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (which is how we name it in the Orthodox Church).
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