GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Ban the Easter Bunny!

Even I like the Easter Bunny! This is from St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Easter Bunny was spotted at City Hall -- briefly.

A small Easter display was removed from the lobby on Wednesday out of concern that they would offend non-Christians.

The display -- a cloth bunny, pastel-colored eggs and a sign with the words "Happy Easter'' -- were put up by a City Council secretary. They weren't purchased with city money.

Tyrone Terrill, the city's human rights director, asked that the decorations be removed. Terrill said no citizen had complained to him.

Council Member Dave Thune called it a shame.

"This has just gone too far," he said. "We can't celebrate spring with bunnies and fake grass?"

The council president, Kathy Lantry, said the removal wasn't about political correctness.

"As government, we have a different responsibility about advancing the cause of religion, which we are not going to do,'' she said.

It's not the first time a holiday symbol has been removed from City Hall. In 2001, red poinsettias were briefly banned from a holiday display because they were associated with Christmas.

5 Comments:

Anonymous kariba said...

The Easter Bunny is hardly a religious symbol...he's like Santa Claus, - an icon that has grown to mean lots of goodies for greedy little kids.(haha)
I would expect a little consternation at a display with a large wooden cross and a crown of thorns on a crucified mannequin in the lobby...but the Easter Bunny with a couple of eggs?
People have become so politically correct it's frightening.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the bunny is a symbol of the old pagan festival Ostara, a fertility festival typically celebrated at the spring equinox. It became associated with Easter as a means to smooth the transition of pagans to christianity. Hell, that's why easter is even in the spring. Shouldn't the bunny, then, be far more offensive to christians? Most amusing.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Danté said...

This is the result of the age old problem of people following the letter of the law rather than the spirit in which it was written - oops, did I say spirit? They'd better ban me from using the Internet before someone gets offended and writes a snitty letter.

Right said, Fred (Sorry, I couldn't resist).

9:51 AM  
Anonymous x2para said...

"Human Rights Director"?; probably has a big staff too. This is what we are paying our taxes for?, so some flunkie can make tough decisions like having a bunny removed from city hall. I guess the bunny must be part of that right wing conspiracy I keep hearing about.

2:01 PM  
Blogger muldraker said...

Instead of getting angry, the people in Walnut Creek who celebrate Easter, should go to the next city or town to buy all of them Easter baskets and Easter candy. They should also go the supermarket outside of the town, to buy their eggs for dyeing.

That would make more of a statement than complaining. It worked with the stores who lost 500,00 customers because they refused to say Merry Christmas!

Money talks no matter who or what you believe in.

Now when they make it a rule that I cannot wear green on St. Patrick's day, I'll be the first one on the steps of City Hall. :)

10:10 PM  

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