Recently I blogged about something social conservative Michael Medved wrote
in the Daily Beast of all places, that the reason there's no "War On Easter" like there's a War on Christmas is that Easter is so religious, compared to Christmas:
Why There’s No ‘War on Easter’ by Michael Medved
"Unlike the December holidays, separating Easter and Passover from their religious roots is impossible—no one can agonize over the ‘December Dilemma’ or our increasingly tedious ‘War on Christmas,’ says Michael Medved. "
I'm not going to bother with his actual argument, since it's based on the premise that there is no War on Easter, which for those haven't read our coverage of it in previous years, I can refute with two words:"Spring Bunny."
The link on “Spring Bunny” goes to a Google News search for the words “Spring Bunny” and most of those links are entirely serious—kids are being taught that the Easter Bunny is called the “Spring Bunny” and they’re going on “Spring Egg Hunts.”
Obviously, the Easter Bunny isn’t religious symbol. Easter is in the springtime, because that’s when the Passion of Christ happened, and both Spring and the Resurrection are symbolized by rabbits and eggs.
But because Easter is Christian festival, mention of it is frequently banned by schools and communities.
The Daily Beast, of course, is the journal that had Max Blumenthal pen an attack on us in 2008, saying we had “Started the War on Christmas”. [Help VDARE.COM Defend Christmas! Max Blumenthal Kicks Off Our 2008 War Against Christmas Competition!]
A news search for War Against Easter found zero results.
A news search for “War On Easter” brought up only Medved, and a Mediaite item where a commenter said “We'll add ‘The War on Sarah Palin’ to Fox's other invented conflicts, ‘The War on Christmas’ and ‘The War on Easter.’” (I’m not blaming this site for its commenters, but how deluded do you have to be think there isn’t a War On Sarah Palin?)
I’ve mentioned before that “Good Friday and Easter are subject to the same pressures that animate the War On Christmas, in that having Good Friday as a public holiday is a symbol of America's status as a Christian nation, and there are a lot of people who hate that idea.” See , from 2010, Group asks Wisconsin to remove Good Friday law, By Associated Press,, March 30, 2010
On a cultural note, this year, there were nine major league baseball games played on Good Friday, leading the Catholic League’s William Donahue to ask Is Cuba More Respectful Of Good Friday?
There are a lot of stories on Google News where they just mention a “Spring Egg Hunt” with no mention of the fact that this a new thing in America, frequently due to sensitivity towards multicultural immigrants.
But there is one story on NBC, where the trustees of the township of Munson, Ohio have decided to rename the Easter Egg Hunt because local government is footing the bill, and that means they can’t mention Easter!
Ohio town is taking the 'Easter' out of its annual egg hunt
By: NBC | MyNC
Published: March 30, 2011
MUNSON, Ohio —
A Northeast Ohio community is taking the "Easter" out of the egg hunt.
As the White House prepares for its annual Easter Egg Roll — a tradition dating back to 1878 — some in the community of Munson Township are asking if it's okay in Washington, how could the word "Easter" offend someone in this small rural community?
Still, township trustees are opting to call this year's Easter weekend event "The Spring Egg Hunt."
Dance choreographer Matt Martsolf works with kids every day and has a few of his own. His opinion about what to call this year's egg hunt is shared with dance clients.
"Stop the headache. Just let the kids have their day," Martsolf said.
"It's traditionally been called an Easter egg hunt for years and years and people are little bit too touchy," client Michelle Nelson said.
Munson homebuilder Enzo Perfetto is putting up the $600 to put the sponsorship in private hands and the Easter back in the egg hunt.
The decision to have the egg hunt privately sponsored is under review by the county prosecutor.
Perfetto said township trustees have already agreed to calling the event an Easter egg hunt as long as taxpayers aren't footing the bill.
But you’ll be happy to know that National Review Online has leapt into the fray with The Grinches Who Stole Easter, which bravely defends…chocolate Easter eggs and the high sugar they contain from the obesity police. That’s standing athwart history…not.
Happy Easter to everyone from VDARE.com, and go easy on the chocolate eggs.
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