In Dearborn, Mich., home to over 40,000 Americans of Arab descent, some Muslim parents have complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an Easter egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church.
The Muslim parents assert that the flyers – emblazoned with the word “Eggstravaganza!” – violate the separation of church and state widely ascribed to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Students at three Dearborn elementary schools received the flyers. A large number of Muslim students attend the schools.
The “Eggstravaganza!” is scheduled to take place on April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn.
The flyer urges students to RSVP “to secure your free spot,” note the Free Press. The associated imagery includes a festive bunny and some eggs.
The event will feature a traditional Easter egg hunt as well as an egg toss and a relay race.
“It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni told the Free Press. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.”
Moughni added that he believes the flyers are “a serious violation of separation of church and state.” Noting that his kids had previously received something about a Halloween event at a church, he said he is worried that Christians are trying to convert Muslim kids through propaganda distributed at public schools.
Pastor Neeta Nichols of Cherry Hill Presbyterian noted that the event has absolutely nothing to do with religion.
“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” she told the Free Press. “There is not a religious component to this event.”
Easter eggs are a symbol many Christians use to celebrate the Christian holiday of Easter. In pagan religions, eggs represented fertility, birth and rebirth. More generally, they symbolize springtime. Kids typically tend to associate Easter eggs with candy and people in rabbit costumes.
For 136 years (as of next week), the president of the United States and his family have hosted the White House Easter Egg Roll. This year, the theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.” Over 30,000 people will convene on the South Lawn on Monday, April 21 for the festivities.
Daily Archives: April 5, 2014
I’m not much of a basketball fan (okay, I never watch it) but I thought I’d do so today just to see how the dogs fared. Turns out, someone forgot to tell them that they were supposed to lose and after one half, it’s 25-22, Huskies. Plenty of time for Florida to come back and whump ’em,of course, but I’ll bet there are some nervous betters spread across the land.
UPDATE: Son of a gun, they won! UConn 63, Florida 53. I wonder if this makes my UConn JD any more valuable?
He told The Sun: ‘The biggest change I’ve found since I’ve been in jail is in people. Everyone is me, me, me.
‘There are no manners anymore. People are so rude, they bang into and push past you. The sense of community has gone.’
“When you look at your time as Secretary of State, what are you most proud of? And what do you feel was unfinished, and maybe have another crack at one day?” the moderator asks.
“Well, I really see — that was good — that’s why he wins prizes. Look, I really see my role as Secretary, in fact leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race. When you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton. Some of what hasn’t been finished may go on to be finished, so when President Obama asked me to be Secretary of State I agreed,” Clinton responded.
She continued, “We had the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we had two wars. We had continuing threats from all kinds of corners around the world that we had to deal with. So it was a perilous time frankly. What he said to me was, ‘Look, I have to be dealing with the economic crisis, I want you to go out and represent us around the world.’ And it was a good division of labor because we needed to make it clear to the rest of the world, that we were going to get our house in order. We were going to stimulate, and grow, and get back to positive growth and work with our friends and partners.”
“So I think we did that. I’m very proud of the stabilization and the really solid leadership that the administration provided that I think now, leads us to be able to deal with problems like Ukraine because we’re not so worried about a massive collapse in Europe and China — trying to figure out to do with all their bond holdings and all the problems we were obsessed with. I think we really restored American leadership in the best sense. That, once again — people began to rely on us as setting the values, setting the standards. I just don’t want to lose that because we have a dysfunctional political situation in Washington. Then of course, a lot of particulars, but I am finishing my book so you’ll be able to read all about it.”
Which is Hillary-speak for “we’ll have to wait for my ghost writes to gin up something”, or, in Pelosiese, “you’ll have to buy it to find out what’s in it.”
ABC news conflates ousted Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s $1,000 dollar contribution to an ant-gay marriage ballot proposition six years ago (a position held by almost ery politician at the time, including the current occupant of the White House) with the tactics of the Westboro Church.
According to Good Morning America’s Linzie Janis, a CEO who made a donation in opposition to gay marriage is the same as the hateful members of the Westboro Baptist Church. On Friday, Janis reported on Brendan Eich, the former head of the tech company Mozilla. Eich was ousted after liberal groups found out that in 2008 he made a $1000 donation to support Proposition 8 in California.
As Janis spoke about the six-year-old donation, video footage of Westboro Baptist protesters with “God hates fags” and “soldiers die 4 fag marriage” signs appeared on-screen
It’s all about the narrative.
Democratic Rep. Jim Moran is taking up the cause of underpaid members of Congress, saying their six-figure salaries are insufficient to cover the cost of living in Washington, D.C.
“I think that the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told Roll Call. “And you know, I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world, and a lot of members can’t even afford to live decently when they’re at their job in Washington.”
Of course, like all Congressmen, Moran has found it easy to supplement his income with a a second job:
Moran has been accused of using his position in Congress for his own financial gain. In 2002, he supported a bill to overhaul the bankruptcy laws that was being heavily advocated by MBNA Corporation of Delaware, a credit card company who was found to have loaned Moran $447,500 “on what appeared to be highly favorable terms,” according to a New York Times article from the time.
Moran has also been accused — by author Peter Schweizer — of insider trading, allegedly using information he obtained in a congressional hearing to make more than 90 trades in a single day ahead of the 2008 financial collapse. Moran has denied wrongdoing.
Moran is retiring at the end of the year, and will undoubtedly make many more millions as a lobbyist, thank God, so he’ll finally be able to afford decent lodging – perhaps he’ll be a neighbor of Chris Dodd.
A couple were left shocked when workmen accidentally threw away their bespoke ‘kitchen for life’ worth almost £10,000, after binmen mistook it for rubbish.
Julie Martin, 51, and partner Kevin McKeith, 53, were having some new electrical wire installed in their house in South Shields, Newcastle, when they realised their kitchen fittings had been taken away to the tip, leaving their expensive kitchen a gutted husk.
The contractors had taken down all of the kitchen units, cupboards and surfaces in order to fit the wiring in the walls, and placed them at the back of the house – only for binmen to take them away.
Here in the promised land, cabinets costing less than $100,000 are considered kindling, not “bespoke for life” treasure. Except in my house.