FAITH-NEUTRAL Parade Name - Position Paper

This Faith-Neutral Parade Name position paper was read aloud to the La Jolla Village Merchants Association Board of Directors. After a brief discussion, the La Jolla Village Merchants Association Board of Directors voted (8-2) to “request the La Jolla Christmas Parade name be changed from a faith-based name to a faith-neutral name.

Since the founding of UCSD, the seaside neighborhood of La Jolla has been transformed from an exclusive enclave where only some people were welcome to a diverse community which welcomes all, regardless of race or religion. We believe that important events that involve all of La Jolla, that seek sponsorship from the neighborhood businesses and community groups, and that encourage the participation of everybody in La Jolla, should have names that all people can embrace. The period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is an exciting time for children of all ages and all religions... even for those who espouse no religion. The word "holiday" acknowledges that these days are holy to many without defining for them what "holy" means. If the name of the La Jolla Christmas Parade were changed to the La Jolla Holiday Parade, no one would be discouraged from celebrating according to his tradition. Christmas trees, angels, Santa Claus, and nativity scenes could still be a part of group displays. But the name change would make it clear that those who wish to display other symbols . . . are no less welcome than their Christian neighbors.

Let's begin this important dialog - not because anyone is against Christmas, but because La Jolla is a diverse and inclusive community where all people are welcome - not just for eleven months, but all year long.


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The San Diego County Diversity and Inclusiveness Group seeks to promote names and events of public holiday celebrations that reflect the diverse religious and secular beliefs of the community.