While controversy swirls around Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision to officially rename Christmas, Massachusetts has gone one better.
In a letter to students, the Dean's office at Framingham State University announced that there would no longer be the "tradition" of lighting the "Tree of Hope " opting instead for a "Winter Festival". If it wasn't so pathetic it would be funny, like something from an old Seinfeld episode about Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us.
Here's the letter:
Dear Colleagues and Students,
This year, Framingham State University will begin a new
tradition. Replacing the Tree of Hope lighting, which the University will not sponsor this year,will be a Winter Festival, scheduled for February 3, 4, and 5. The Winter Festival will be an opportunity for the campus to come together as a community and enjoy winter-themed activities. Plans are currently being made for a ski trip, ice-skating, marathon movie viewing, and more. These activities will complement the University’s Winter Commencement, which will be held on Saturday, February 4.
We hope you will make plans to participate in the Winter Festival activities. More details will follow.
Rita P. Colucci, Esq.
Chief of Staff and General Counsel
Framingham State University
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Now the first question that comes to mind is, huh? What's the point? Who celebrates "Winter"? But the point is obvious. There will be no recognition of any religious themed holiday at the end of the year. Even one that alludes to the controversial concept of 'hope' is forbidden.
As offensive as that idea may be, even more offensive is what these same atheistic bureaucrats did when a student was recently killed in a car accident near the campus. They did nothing. Instead, a small group of students organized a prayer service for the family and friends of the student. University officials hid behind their lawyers and fear of religion, only agreeing to let the thing proceed.
Is this what society has come to? Not just hostility to religion but outright phobia of anything that relates to it. The state has morphed into exactly what Orwell predicted, a monolithic, atheistic, cold-hearted subhuman entity afraid of its own people.
Framingham State wasn't forced into this posture through threats or lawsuits. They actually chose to be 'hopeless" this Christmas.