Diversity Council Demands 'Christmas Parties' Replaced with 'Holiday Season Drinks'
Group demands Christmas celebrations must 'inclusive of other faiths'
Diversity Council Australia is demanding that workplaces ban the term “Christmas parties” and replace it with “holiday season drinks” to be "more inclusive" of other religions.
The liberal group argues that employers should drop the "offensive" phrase so Muslims and other non-Christians “feel included at this time of year.”
“If you’re having a Christmas celebration, try to make sure it’s inclusive of other faiths as well because the office is for everybody,” Lisa Annese for the Diversity Council demanded in comments to the Herald Sun.
Annese’s comments provoked a backlash, prompting the Diversity Council to issue an irritable statement, insisting that they “At no stage… ever urged bosses not to mention Christmas.”
“Lots of organizations celebrate the end of year holiday break with a Christmas party," the Council explained testily.
Diversity Council receives Australian taxpayers’ money to advise government agencies.
“We are simply saying that it’s worth remembering that many Australians do not celebrate Christmas religiously, either as followers of non-Christian religions or as individuals with no religious affiliation," the group argues, according to MailOnline.
“There is a lot organizations can do to make them feel included at this time of year.”
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Diversity Council Australia has previously advocated banning the word “chairman” and innocuous expressions such as “you guys.”
“Imagine a world in which sexist language was replaced by racist language,” the Council mused.
“Instead of saying ‘chairman’ and ‘you guys’, people would use ‘chairwhite’ and ‘you whiteys’…
"If we cringe at ‘you whiteys’ and would protest such terms, why don’t we work as hard at changing ‘you guys’?”
The Council has even claimed that “Frequent non-inclusive experiences at work have just as harmful effects as more intense but less frequent experiences” — including “sexual coercion and harassment.”
“For [the Diversity Council] to be pretending that somehow people are offended by all of this, there’s something wrong with Christmas, they’re making this up to try and get some petty relevance,” commented Mark Lathan, a New South Wales MP for the national populist One Nation party.
“They’re funded not just by big businesses who are wasting their money and should have better regard for their shareholder value — they’re actually funded by a whole bunch of government agencies,” Latham complained.
The Council “very extreme — extreme in their delusion,” Latham concluded.