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War on Easter? Schools, Cities Planning Another Round of ‘Spring Egg Hunts’
Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Kyle Olson

Posted on 03/21/2013 11:51:38 AM PDT by Kaslin

In our increasingly politically-correct society, Christmas isn’t the only holiday too hot to handle for school districts. Easter, another holiday rooted in Christian faith, is now being marginalized by governmental entities.

School districts and cities across America are holding “Spring egg hunts” and similar events, frequently omitting the word “Easter” from calendars and public announcements. Consider these:

• On March 16th, Flat Rock Elementary School in Anderson, South Carolina is holding a “Community Egg Hunt.”
West Shore School District will be holding its “PTO Egg Hunt” on March 16th.
• New York’s East Meadow Schools will be holding its “Spring Egg Hunt” on March 19.
• The Prospect Heights Public Library District in Illinois is holding its “Spring Egg Hunt” on March 26th.
• California’s Manhattan Beach Unified School District has its “Spring Egg Hunt” in late March.
• The City of Upland, California will hold its “Spring Egg Hunt” March 30.

There are many, many more examples.

Does it matter that they’re detaching “Easter” from “egg hunts”? After all, the original significance of the day has nothing to do with bunnies, candy or hunting painted eggs.

It does, because “culturally sensitive” bureaucrats are further secularizing America by wiping Christian names off traditional community events.

Like Christmas, Easter has become increasingly commercialized. But by continuing to embrace the Christian rooting, we’re remembering the real reason for the holidays. As secular progressives remove the meaning, they’re becoming nothing more than Hallmark holidays and we’re becoming an increasingly ungrounded society.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: acultureoflife; atheismandstate; easter; education; faithandfamily; leftismoncampus; purge; revisionisthistory; traditions; waroneaster

1 posted on 03/21/2013 11:51:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Since when did an egg hunt have anything to do with Easter in the first place?


2 posted on 03/21/2013 11:53:57 AM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: Kaslin

The “public school” is the Bus Ministry of the State Church of Humanism.

The “public school”, including the “charter school”, is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is collectivist.

It is hypocritical to submit your children to an authority with whom you fundamentally disagree. Children do not trust hypocrites, so this will undermine your own authority, let alone influence, with your children.

Any child that comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and common sense intact does so in spite of the government school indoctrination, not because of it.

To understand the content and compass of modern education, see ...
http://www.scribd.com/doc/54400125/Change-Agents-in-the-Schools-Barbara-Morris-1979

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

Nobody loves your children more than you do.

Nobody can teach your children better than you can.

Nobody knows your children better than you do.

Your children would love nothing better than to be taught by you, if you start doing so before they are corrupted by the government school collective.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.

DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!

Especially not with your own children.

And DO NOT TAKE GOVERNMENT “EDUCATION” MONEY!

He that pays the piper calls the tune, and that’s especially true for any government entitlement program.


3 posted on 03/21/2013 11:54:17 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: alancarp

Now I’m confused - does the author want egg hunts with Easter or not? The point is a bit muddled.


4 posted on 03/21/2013 11:55:23 AM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: Kaslin

This doesn’t bother me. Bunnies and egg hunts have nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ anyway. Never have understood all that hubbub.


5 posted on 03/21/2013 11:56:40 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: alancarp
Good question. It doesn't and neither does the Easter Bunny.

The Resurrection of our Lord is real reason that has to do with Easter.

6 posted on 03/21/2013 12:00:31 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: al_c

It’s a few days off...now called Spring recess.


7 posted on 03/21/2013 12:02:52 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: al_c; Mrs. Don-o
This doesn’t bother me. Bunnies and egg hunts have nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ anyway. Never have understood all that hubbub.

Proves little else other than to show how easy it is for weird practices to meld together to become religions.

8 posted on 03/21/2013 12:03:01 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: alancarp

Exactly! To complain about an egg hunt is insane!!!! We have huge issues going on in this country and this is what they have resorted too. Lord, I hope we begin prioritizing again. The difference between Christmas and Easter is that Christmas is a Federal Holiday....Easter is NOT!!!!


9 posted on 03/21/2013 12:08:17 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: alancarp
Yes he does want egg hunts with Easter. What disturbs him is the war on Easter. Please note:

• On March 16th, Flat Rock Elementary School in Anderson, South Carolina is holding a “Community Egg Hunt.”
West Shore School District will be holding its “PTO Egg Hunt” on March 16th.
• New York’s East Meadow Schools will be holding its “Spring Egg Hunt” on March 19.
• The Prospect Heights Public Library District in Illinois is holding its “Spring Egg Hunt” on March 26th.
• California’s Manhattan Beach Unified School District has its “Spring Egg Hunt” in late March.
• The City of Upland, California will hold its “Spring Egg Hunt” March 30.

Notice the word Easter is missing

10 posted on 03/21/2013 12:15:43 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: alancarp

Censoring the religous references in our holidays gives atheists and non religous people a chance to party and shop and buy stuff. Gotta feel for atheists....no holidays

But when they talk about a “Spring Egg Rolls” it just makes we want to order Chinese


11 posted on 03/21/2013 12:21:07 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Kaslin

So what? Jesus doesn’t have anything to do with Easter Eggs anyway.

They can run, but they can’t hide from God. :)


12 posted on 03/21/2013 12:21:18 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Kaslin

Already? Wasn’t it just “festivus”?


13 posted on 03/21/2013 12:22:00 PM PDT by albie (re)
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To: alancarp

It is a fun way to express the concept of “New Life” to children. To engage and teach children, you need to pass on traditions and ceremonies which have an element of excitement and fun to encourage the Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Love.

To not use imagination-—that which is so unique to man—would be inhumane and dull and discourage the interest of children who are the most creative and imaginative. Traditions are essential in passing on culture-—it is why Marxists are trying to destroy all Christian traditions to create “faith” in the State.

As long as it aims toward the truth and belief in God and his miracles, I see no harm in using God’s Design in Nature to understand reality and Truth. Any thing can be profane, though, and public schools are just that, (and unconstitutional) and I would hate to have them “interpret” anything for my kids-—it wouldn’t happen. I don’t allow just “any” stranger to form worldview in my children (includes TV).

Who cares if the idea is a “pagan” one——all Western ideas have an element of paganism, since the Greeks were such great philosophers and used Reason—that which God gave man to distinguish us from the beast.

As the early Fathers of the Church stated.....God reveals his Truth to all in Nature. We can recognize the truth if we look for it.

People uniquely use symbols all the time since the beginning of history......it makes learning easier and more fun and understandable......eggs are such a symbol.


14 posted on 03/21/2013 12:22:31 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: Kaslin
I don't want Godless public schools associating themselves with Easter. As a Catholic, I find it insulting. I don't need socialist, Marxist stooges in the public education systems soiling this very holy day of the Christian calender. Screw them. Easter was celebrated long before the emergence of the public education system and will be celebrated long after they eventually collapse. (I'm hoping they do!).
15 posted on 03/21/2013 12:23:26 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Here the schools usually get Spring Recess long before Easter. This time though it's from March 25th,-March 29sup
16 posted on 03/21/2013 12:23:52 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

My school never did anything involving Easter when I was growing up. Didn’t even get a day off.


17 posted on 03/21/2013 12:26:37 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: Kaslin

They’re not trying to “secularize” society.

They’re not trying to “censor the religious references”.

They’re trying to erase anything to do with CHRISTIANITY from the public arena.

Mention of other religions is fine, even encouraged. But don’t you dare bring up anything about those evil CHRISTIANS!!!


18 posted on 03/21/2013 12:28:59 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Kaslin

The Catholic Church took pagan practices and made them religious and now the secularists are making them pagan again.


19 posted on 03/21/2013 12:30:28 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Kaslin

Ahhhh piss on the whole lot of ‘em. Have your own EASTER EGG hunt at your house - invite your kid’s friends and parents. Celebrate Easter away from the damn schools.


20 posted on 03/21/2013 12:35:02 PM PDT by lesko
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To: Kaslin

Why is the government involved/wasting money on even the secular observance of a religious festival?


21 posted on 03/21/2013 12:37:40 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Kaslin

We get two of them here....


22 posted on 03/21/2013 1:33:06 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: lesko

My grandkids ae 18 and 14. They still want an easter egg hunt. They love it.


23 posted on 03/21/2013 1:34:02 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin; Revolting cat!

The one at the White House (that has been canceled because of sequestration) was scheduled for MONDAY April Fool’s Day, just after Easter. I guess Obama likes to celebrate “the holiday season” and mixes up the traditions of each holiday.


24 posted on 03/21/2013 1:56:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: alancarp

Good point; let them have their pagan ritual, so Christian children realize that the Easter Bunny was simply to promote the idea that Christianity (and the Resurrection) was merely a rip-off fairy tale founded in ancient paganism.

My children grew up believing in Santa Claus because he was a real flesh-and-blood saint of the Church; we never included the “Easter Bunny” in our celebration of Easter.


25 posted on 03/21/2013 2:24:09 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: a fool in paradise

April 1 has significance for Catholics as well; it is the day the Spanish Civil War ended (saving the Church from a Bolshevik purge).


26 posted on 03/21/2013 2:25:40 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: al_c

Actually, the Orthodox Church uses red-dyed eggs on Pascha (Easter). They come out at the end of the Pascha service. For one thing, it’s to break the fast (no eggs throughout Lent). For another, it’s connected to an old tradition of Mary Magdalene using an egg to illustrate the resurrection to Tiberius Caesar. The legend says that the egg she used for this turned blood red in her hand.

I doubt that there’s any connection between this and Easter Eggs in the West, but it’s an odd coincidence.


27 posted on 03/21/2013 2:57:07 PM PDT by Hilda
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To: Sacajaweau

I wish we could do Dyngus Day here.

But I seriously doubt these days girls would take too kindly to being woken up with a bucketful of water.


28 posted on 03/21/2013 3:08:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: alancarp

“Since when did an egg hunt have anything to do with Easter in the first place?”

A most excellent question, friend!! The root word from which Easter has been derived is the name of the old Teutonic goddess of spring, and pagan symbols of fertility rites and festivals i.e., eggs, newly hatched chickens, baby rabbits, and the like, unfortunately have been conflated with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, probably well intended to physically symbolize the marvel of the creation of new life while necessarily failing to parallel the Divine Miracle.

Colored eggs, cute baby chicks and bunnies and candy galore are all very nice and colorful, but only diffuse and interfere with a devout and joyful celebration of Christ’s victory over Death and Satan.
And I was as guilty as anyone of such confusion and distraction when my children were very young.


29 posted on 03/21/2013 3:38:47 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Elsiejay

I think it’s difficult to try to understand in today’s context how old traditions worked as a way to bond people together.


30 posted on 03/21/2013 3:41:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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