• Kylie Obermeier (COM’17, CAS’17)

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There are 7 comments on It’s Christmastime in the City

  1. Wonderful, an article about Christmas in the city. Ridiculous that it isn’t also Christmas time in some way shape or form at B.U. We embrace diversity, right? Even some atheists enjoy the non-religious aspects of the holidays, correct? Sadly, B.U., like other universities, has decided to dump Christmas in public or common areas, lest someone be offended. No problem though with a student group putting a large menorah up in front of the GSU. What if THAT offends someone? The “offense” is invalid because a student group, not the university, put it there?

    Just a few years ago, there were lights in the trees in front of the GSU, and a large wreath hanging in the link. Seasonal stuff, pretty, festive things, touching on joy and goodwill, not religious at all, but it doesn’t happen anymore. Scrapped in the name of political correctness, every bit as stupid as what the Taliban does, just in the opposite ideological direction. What next? Cover the Marsh Chapel, which most certainly IS a “Christian” building? Doesn’t IT represent B.U. too?

  2. Oops, want to add: Saying “Merry Christmas” at B.U. is a sensitive matter as well, even if you say it to people who DO celebrate Christmas. I said this to a manager the other day at a staff holiday party, and he replied with, “Happy Holidays”. Once I said “Merry Christmas” to a co-worker in our office, and people chatting near us actually stopped in mid sentence and glanced at me. Had I dropped the F-bomb, they would have done the same – or giggled. Such are the times in which we live.

  3. A women overheard me wishing someone a happy holiday in the cafeteria, and told me that I was oppressing Christians. She specifically accused me of mocking “Christmas, the day Jesus died for your sins” and went over to the manager to complain, upon which she apparently was informed that I didn’t work at that company.

  4. Merry Christmas to you all. In response to Dan’s story – Wow – Christmas is the day Jesus was born (not died). Sorry you had an unfortunate encounter with a lunatic. Inclusion is the concept that everyone should feel comfortable expressing their views and practicing their religion ….. as long as they don’t restrict others from doing the same. Unfortunately, that is a concept in the good ole USA – not necessarily agreed with in other parts of the world. I think a Menorah belongs on campus for the Jewish holidays, and a Christmas Tree for Christmas,,,etc. That shows that all religions are encouraged here. Robert Frost has a great poem about “good fences make good neighbors”. With some respect for boundaries – we all should be able to coexist.

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