According to FoxNews and Bill O'Reilly, there is now a "War on Easter." What I don't get is how what they complain of has anything to do with "Judeo-Christian traditions." For example, this is O'Reilly's summation of the "War on Christmas":
More evidence that Judeo-Christian tradition is under attack in America.... A few years ago some American companies ordered their employees not to say "Merry Christmas." Remember that? We presented the facts to you, you told the stores you wouldn't buy there. The crazy edict was quickly rescinded. Power to the people.Now, what does something said to people in stores in December have to do with religion, or "Judeo-Christian traditions"? Yes, Virginia, there's nothing "Judeo" about Christmas, but move along. What does "Merry Christmas" have to do with religion at all? Or tradition, for that matter? It was Irving Berlin who taught Bing Crosby to sing "Happy Holidays" on one of the most popular Christmas albums ever released, Why didn't that offend "Judeo-Christian traditions"?
And now? Now it's because public schools aren't holding Easter egg hunts. No, seriously:
In 10 days it will be Easter Sunday. But in some schools you are not allowed to say the word "Easter." On Long Island, the East Meadow school district, holding a Spring egg hunt -- not Easter eggs, Spring eggs. Same thing in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Manhattan Beach, California. Flat Rock Elementary School in South Carolina, and a school district in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. No Easter. They are having Spring egg events. Moderated by a Spring bunny, at least in San Diego. I know it's stupid. You know it's stupid. But it's happening, and there is a reason why it's happening. Secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White House. They feel unchained, liberated and they are trying to diminish any form of religion. The goal is to marginalize religious opposition to secular programs.Um, no, it's stupid because the Easter bunny and Easter eggs have bugger all to do with Christianity or the observance of Easter. Yes, many a Christian church will have an Easter egg hunt for the children on Easter Sunday morning. But no, no Christian church that I know of will have an Easter Bunny parade down the aisles of the nave during the worship service distributing eggs, chicken or chocolate, to the children. At least, I hope not. It certainly isn't a "Judeo-Christian tradition." And yes, again, there's nothing remotely Jewish about Easter.
How is removing "Easter" as a modifier for "eggs" or "bunny" in any way diminishing any form of religion, except the American secular religion of commercialism? I mean really, I just....
By the way, "Easter" is not taken from a "pagan" ritual, holiday, or anything else. The term, according to the Venerable Bede, comes into English from "Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring." However, there is no other attribution of "Estre" in any Teutonic literature or other sources; we only have Bede's word for it. The Greek word for the day, after all, is pasch, which relates to the Aramaic form of the Hebrew word for "passover." Once again, just because it's a word in English doesn't mean it's the only term possible, or that the entire Christian church spoke English, beginning with Peter and Paul. Easter eggs and bunnies have a rather obvious connection to spring time and new beginnings (both symbols of fecundity, if nothing else), but they aren't religious symbols. I've seen more than a few commenters around the web try to link these secular images to Christianity and thus to trying to "win pagan converts."