2011-04-21 / Sam Bari

The separation of church, eggs and bunnies

You can’t beat a system you can’t understand
By Sam Bari

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.

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