by Dr. D ~ March 26th, 2013
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This is political correctness run amuck. Now an Alabama school principal has banned ‘Easter’ bunnies and ‘Easter’ eggs from her school in order to supposedly maintain religious diversity?
Here’s the story from WHNT television:
MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Teachers at Heritage Elementary School in Madison were informed Monday their plans to have an “academic egg hunt” with their kindergarten and second grade students would need to be scrapped.
The school’s principal, Lydia Davenport, informed staff no activities related to or centered around any religious holiday would be allowed in the interest, she says, of religious diversity among students.
There is nothing biblical about Easter bunnies or colorful plastic eggs or synthetic iridescent grass clippings — but the perceived need to modify the student egg hunt has many parents upset; less upset, they say about the need to preserve religious freedom and more about their students’ freedom to simply be a kid.
Response: This story demonstrates how ignorant some folks are when it comes to religion and culture and particularly Christianity. Actually I think that the ‘pagan’ Easter bunnies and eggs would conceivably add to the so-called religious diversity rather that detract from it. Just like the news folks say here:
“There is nothing biblical about Easter bunnies or colorful plastic eggs or synthetic iridescent grass clippings-“
The truth is that there is nothing ‘Christian’ about the Easter bunny and eggs. These are vestiges of a pagan cultural celebration of Spring that have been attached somewhere along the way to the religious celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In fact the English word “Easter” is not even Christian but comes from the "Old English”- “Eastre” which was the name of the goddess of the dawn. That is why today many Christian Churches refer to the celebration as ‘Resurrection Day’ rather than use the old pagan cultural designation.
So the real Christian celebration has to do with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While the name Easter and the eggs and bunnies have their roots in the pagan celebrations of the coming of Spring. So they are not religious at all but a fun cultural tradition heralding the coming of Spring.
I look forward to having traditional ‘cultural’ fun with my grand children looking for colored eggs this Sunday after church following our celebration of ‘Resurrection Day’ and the real Christian aspects of this holiday.
In banning the use of word “Easter” the principal has not censored anything really Christian or even religious unless you consider its pagan roots. So this whole exercise was an ignorant and unnecessary autocratic PC incursion upon the fun and the rights of children and their parents. *Top
*Hat Tip: Todd Starnes