Campus lunacy: it’s like shooting fish in a barrel

Terri Susan Fine

“Does this picture make me look stupid?”

If they keep this up, the Onion will soon be out of business.

Professor calls on students and her peers to wish each other “Happy Federal Holiday”.

A professor for political science at the University of Central Florida recently wrote an opinion piece for UCFToday calling for students to begin wishing one another a “Happy Federal Holiday” salutation instead of others that may be too selective and inclusive.

Terri Susan Fine wrote in “A Holiday Greeting That Applies to Everyone” that, “In our efforts to be inclusive, we show cultural insensitivity both by equating one major holiday with a minor holiday and failing to recognize that diversity includes those who celebrate neither holiday.” She notes that the typical greetings of “Merry Christmas” “Happy Chanukah” and even “Happy Holidays” only “cover most of the bases”. Her solution?

I would suggest that we take a new approach that observes “the holidays” we all have on our calendars, no matter our religion.

My friends and I wish each other a “Happy Federal Holiday.”

Fine argues that the distinction of wishing someone well during this time of year is not limiting if it’s done through the officially federal recognized point of view. She continues, “As long as we live in the United States, these federal and state holidays impact us equally so we might as well celebrate them equally, too.”

Fine ultimately says that we can use this opportunity to get to know one another through this change of holiday rhetoric — “about each other’s religious and cultural beliefs and practices because we will not treat people as if we already know what those beliefs and practices are,” she writes — so that we are not “culturally insensitive”.


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8 responses to “Campus lunacy: it’s like shooting fish in a barrel

  1. Anonymous

    wow, a professor of poly sci at ucf. gem of a school. i think it’s ranked near the top of the bottom 3%.

  2. ha ha. us proles don’t need no stinkin’ federal holiday – we have Festivus!

  3. I was in my local shop tonight to get milk. The owner is an Indian Man. we talked Christmas, and I bought a Joke Tie for Christmas day. We laughed about getting through the day and thankful for things being quiet. Leaving, I wished him happy Christmas and guess what? He didn’t scream or cry or yell at me. He wished me Happy Christmas back. She is rediculous. Happy Federal Holiday!

  4. Anonymous

    but Chris a stupid cannot call another person stupid

  5. Don

    All power to the Supreme Federal Government! Or is that to the Supreme Soviet?

  6. Don’t know why, but I’m reading Upton Sinclair’s Oil! Written in 1927, set in 1917. The beginnings of the Southern California oil industry. Based on the Teapot Dome scandal, apparently. The book was the basis for the movie “There will be Blood”. Flappers, WW 1, Lenin’s revolution, California girls, money, corruption, pollution, lots of fun…… Sinclair was a communist, but he can write, and tell a great story.

    His idealistic and honest character says things like this:
    “….here’s the truth, I was in Siberia eighteen months, and never saw an atrocity committed by a Bolshevik, and never met a man in our army that had seen one. I don’t say there weren’t any; all I say is, I met men that had travelled all over Russia, our people as well as natives, and the only Bolshevik atrocity that anyone knew about was the fundamental one of teaching the workers they had a right to rule the world. You can set this down for a fact about the Russian revolution, all the way from Vladivostok to Odessa and Archangel- that where the ‘reds’ did any killing or executing the ‘whites’ did ten and a hundred times as much…..”

    Proving that you can win the Pulitzer Prize and still have oatmeal for brains……..

  7. Anonymous

    We’re all paying for this nonsense! We should have nipped this crap in the bud before it became entrenched.