We are at war. No, I’m not talking about the war on terror or the war in Afghanistan. To be sure, those are real wars with real consequences for Americans. But, apparently, to some people at this time of the year the most dangerous enemy is…….THE EASTER BUNNY.
The Easter Bunny, Easter eggs and Easter egg hunts have become symbols of Easter. But, in reality, they have nothing to do with the religious aspect of the holiday, the Resurrection of Christ. The origin of the Easter Bunny can be traced to 13th century Germany. At that time Germany was pagan, not Christrian. The German people worshipped many different gods and goddesses, including a goddess of Spring and Fertility. Guess what the symbol of this goddess was? That’s right, a rabbit, because of the animal’s high reproduction rate. German immigrants brought the custom to the US where it has evolved to what we see today. In modern times, the Easter Bunny and its trappings have become symbols of festivity and fun, especially for kids, who love the Easter baskets and egg hunts. In addition, being able to consume large quantities of chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs is no small side benefit. Finally, let us not overlook the commercial value of Easter to the economy.
Enter the school district of Madison, Alabama. The school principal, Ms. Lydia Davenport, in her infinite non-wisdom has decreed that in the interest of “religious diversity” there shall be no mention of Easter in the schools and no school activity labeled an “Easter” activity. Hence, no Easter Bunny, but maybe a “Spring Bunny.” No “Easter egg roll,” but instead a “Spring Roll (with or without chopsticks?).” The parents and kids were not consulted; the school district just decided this unilaterally apparently because of one parent’s “question[ing of] some of the things we do here at school” whatever that means.
Ironically, the Easter Bunny has nothing to do with the US Constitution’s first amendment, freedom of religion. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Tell me what that has to do with the Easter Bunny.
PREDICTION AND CONCLUSION
This is a continuation of two recent trends, (1) bending over backwards to be politically correct and (2) attacking religious symbols, first, Nativity scenes and now the Easter Bunny. I think in some cases, such as this one, we go too far. What’s next, banning Santa Claus and Menorahs? I say let kids be kids and enjoy the traditional Easter events. It has nothing to do with the religious aspect of the holiday, which is separate. Other religions can be free to ceelebrate their own holidays as well.