Hundreds of kids in Murrieta today will dive over one another for plastic eggs and have their pictures taken with a person in a rabbit suit, but there will be no official mention of Easter.
Same goes for today’s egg hunt in Lake Elsinore, and last week’s in Riverside — where “Peter Rabbit” was said to have decorated the fields with candy and eggs.
The events have all the trappings of American Easter celebrations — the pastel-colored eggs, the candy and the large white rabbit — but are called “Spring Egg Hunt” or “EGGstravaganza.”
A news release from Murrieta’s Community Services Department invited kids to come have their pictures taken with “the bunny.”
The city employees who put on the events say they try to keep Easter out of the equation to make the events appealing to Christians and non-Christians. Others argue it’s a little absurd to organize a hunt for plastic eggs and pretend it’s not about Easter.
Easter is a Christian holiday marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ, days after his crucifixion.
Recreation Coordinator Laura Frasso, who oversees Murrieta’s egg hunt, said the city was trying to be as inclusive as possible.
“It’s hard — There’s a very fine line with the whole church-and-state thing,” Frasso said, “and we’re just trying to make sure that everybody knows they’re welcome.”
Riverside wanted to keep the event non-religious so people other than Christians could enjoy it, city spokeswoman Cindie Perry said.
“It’s just more of an inclusive statement,” she said. “We wouldn’t want to exclude anybody from the fun.”(PE)
One Reader Comment: These pagan rituals should be done away with anyway, it only teaches greed and capitalism to the young!
As sad as it makes me to report this, the politically correct extremists have struck again. In their infinite stupidity, they have decided to attack the Easter Bunny. Oops! I said “Easter” in a newspaper that is viewed by people of many different faiths.
According to the politically correct, I have probably offended 75 percent of the world population because I referenced a holiday that might be perceived as religious — specifically Christian— and didn’t include other religions.
Before you zealots flog me, please listen to a reasonable explanation. I know — reason is not one of your strong suits, but give it a giant effort. I promise, it will not hurt.
The reason I’m addressing this issue is to let the world know how deranged the politically correct decision makers have become. I cannot address them directly, because nobody seems to know who they are. This stuff just appears, seemingly out of nowhere. The guilty will not attach their names to it.
A 16-year-old girl by the name of Jessica, who is a sophomore at a private school in Seattle, Wash., says that she thinks the effort to make Easter politically correct is ridiculous. Yay, Jessica!
Jessica told KIRO Radio in Seattle that a week before spring break, the students at her school committed to a weeklong community service project. She decided to volunteer in a thirdgrade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.
“I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that,” Jessica said.
“She (the teacher) said that I could do it as long as I called this treat ‘spring spheres.’ I couldn’t call them Easter eggs.
“When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, ‘Oh look, spring spheres,’ and all the kids were like ‘Wow, Easter eggs.’ So they knew,” Jessica said.
The Seattle city fathers’ feelings on the matter are: If you want to have an egg hunt in your house, call it an Easter one, but if there is one sponsored by the community, which ostensibly includes people who are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Agnostic, and more, then you’re going to have to be more inclusive.
They claim that Easter is a Christian holiday and the Christians have no right to lay claim to the bunny and the colored egg.
Let us again set the record straight.
Easter comes from the name of a pagan goddess named Eastre. Her roots go back to ancient times, well before the birth of Christ. She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people, but her predecessors were the goddesses of spring and rebirth.
Her predecessors had many names, depending on the country of origin. In ancient Cyprus, she was known as Aphrodite. In ancient Israel, she was Ashtoreth. She was Astarte in ancient Greece, Demeter from Myecynae,
Hathor from Egypt, Ishtar from Assuria, Kali from India, and Ostara, who was the Norse Goddess of fertility.
Eastre, or someone she contracted, designed a picture of a hare in the moon as her symbol because it represented fertility due to the rapid reproduction habits of the hare or rabbit.
She had nothing to do with the colored egg. The egg came from the ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians and Hindus who all believed the world began with an enormous egg. Thus, the egg became a symbol of new life. It has been around for eons.
The celebration of Eastre, or the welcoming of spring, just happens to fall at the same time of year as the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ. The Christians also call the Holiday “Resurrection Sunday.”
They do not celebrate the resurrection of Christ with rabbits and eggs. Easter and Resurrection Sunday have only one thing in common — the same date.
Since the majority of Earth’s population is non-Christian, the Easter holiday is the one that is celebrated worldwide. The resurrection of Christ is celebrated by the Christians.
I do not think that children around the globe have resorted to worshipping the ancient pagan goddess Eastre. I believe they are celebrating the coming of spring with colorful eggs and fairy tales about a bunny who distributes them because it is fun.
Anyone who is offended by this needs serious couch time.
The need to politically correct Easter is part of this system I will never understand. (Jamestown Press – Sam Bari)
So Happy Non-denominational, not-threatening,all- inclusive,spring-related children’s fun time activity and adult recognition of spring to you all. 🙂