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Jon Miltimore
The U of M () shared this letter with some faculty and student employees this week The colors red & green, blue & white/silver are verboten during the "winter celebration" period. Images of Santa, wrapped gifts, and bells are also deemed "religious iconography."
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Jon Miltimore 14 Dec 17
Replying to @FactMachine2017
Good for you. This is madness. Colors trigger people?
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Jon Miltimore 14 Dec 17
Replying to @petron @UMNews
It's legit. You can read my piece here. The univ. confirms it's authentic and was given to a number of employees, but they are saying it was a working document intended as “as a conversation piece to facilitate dialogue.”
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Ian smith 14 Dec 17
State school restricting religion is against the 1st isn't it?
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Jon Miltimore 14 Dec 17
Hard to say. I spoke to several constitutional scholars, and each of them had suspicions there could be 1st Amendment issues. But it's more of an employment law issues. You can read more about it here:
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Jon Miltimore 15 Dec 17
Yep.
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Freedom First 16 Dec 17
Replying to @miltimore79 @UMNews
Is this confirmed real?
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Jon Miltimore 16 Dec 17
Replying to @UMNews
It's real. You can read the U's response here:
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CJMassoud 17 Dec 17
Replying to @miltimore79 @UMNews
Per your article - "The representative said it does not represent the official position of the school or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and was not shared campus-wide." So basically this is BS?
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Jon Miltimore 17 Dec 17
Replying to @cjmassoud423 @UMNews
BS? It was created in their diversity office, approved by someone and distributed to 80 dept. employees. Seems pretty noteworthy to me.
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CJMassoud 17 Dec 17
Replying to @miltimore79 @UMNews
Yes. BS. You presented it as a statement from the University and it has been shared by multiple websites and news outlets as such. You knew what you were doing when you posted it, and it's BS.
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Jon Miltimore 17 Dec 17
Replying to @cjmassoud423 @UMNews
The university created it. It came from their own dept. -- the Office f Equality and Affirmative Action. They distributed it to employees, and not to "start a conversation."
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CJMassoud Dec 16
UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect that the document came from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, not the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. We regret the error. ...one year later, still BS.
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Jon Miltimore Dec 16
Agreed. The letter never should have been distributed to employees or students in the first place.
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CJMassoud Dec 16
Or you could have ignored it instead of making public what appears to be a really perfectly executed troll move in order to see how many people took it seriously? Y'all seemed to have survived another year, so none of you were arrested for wearing red and green. Happy Holidays.
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CJMassoud Dec 16
Also, do better research since you decided to purposefully misrepresent the diversity department with this nonsense when it wasn't even them.
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Jon Miltimore Dec 16
I'm not in the habit of ignoring stories involving powerful univ. dept heads infringing on the 1st Amendment rights of employees and students to protect people's feelings.
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CJMassoud Dec 16
Still waiting for a non biased source proving that is the case. What's the name of the university head who greenlit this? If they wrote it they would support it publicly. Names?
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Jon Miltimore Dec 16
I initially named the incorrect dept; I owned and fixed. Would have been a lot easier if the univ. had actually cooperated and answered my questions instead of stonewalling me until I published.
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