Muslims protest Easter egg hunt

dab44f01cdcc67401cce3d64c389c4e266From the religion of honor killings and six-year old brides, worries that children will be polluted by the Easter Bunny.

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.

 

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28 responses to “Muslims protest Easter egg hunt

  1. bunnytee

    Here we go again.
    We live in an era wherein everyone must tip toe around, remaining on high alert for the distinct possibility that someone, somewhere is going to get a case of the jaws about some insignificant, special interest issue. Solutions? Don’t go to the Easter egg hunt and keep your kids at home where they can be completely shielded from the evil influences of the secular fiend, the Easter bunny. Solved.
    My beliefs, opinions, perspectives, likes, dislikes, and life style are not your’s. Yours are not mine. That’s the reality.
    If that’s too much for you, I suggest you return to your beloved Muslim country where you won’t have to be bombarded with worries over such threatening things like First Amendment Rights.
    Either get over, change the channel, leave the room, whatever it takes to protect your sensitive feelings and holier than thou values.
    I’m sure there’s a loose woman or two in need of a good, lethal stoning, somewhere. Better to teach your son that than trafficking with the Easter bunny.

    This whole PC “you need to revere my whatever or else” thing is just too far out of control. especially when it’s a Muslim having fits over American traditions.

    • bunnytee

      Hiding under the guise of separation of church and state is nothing but an attempted smoke screen. Totally invalid.

  2. Anonymouse

    the kid who complained is a fine little indoctrinee… ewww….

  3. hey! what’s Easter without Peeps?

  4. Mickster

    1. I get flyers (emails etc etc) every day for stuff I don’t want or find offensive. Lawn care – I know it needs reseeding, erectile dysfunction – not needed, penile enlargement – talk to the missus…. The list goes on and on. Do I go the the papers, lawyers about it – no. If I don’t like it here, I can always GO BACK TO WHERE I CAME FROM.

    2. This bunny thing at Easter always had me confused – it’s of German origin apparently but for me – practicing Irish Catholic – It’s got zero significance EXCEPT for our little guys who will happily search around to find little candy-filled eggs.

    The sad reality is that in a few generations time the real religious significance of these holidays will be lost and we will be left with the meaningless secular Hallmark versions.

    I’m far from a religious zealot but firmly believe that there’s got to be more to life than the BS around us every day.

    In the meantime, all these fine Christains who haven’t seen the inside of a church since Christmas will be back in their finery walking out of St Mary’s , St Michaels and St Catherine’s in 2 weeks.

    Not that I blame people themselves – the Church has a responsibility to engage with its community and I feel it’s fallen down badly on the job.

    Rant over

  5. AJ

    Meet Mithra (No, not Mothra), the Pagan Christ. Yes, they’re cousins, identical cousins, two of a kind . . .

    http://www.truthbeknown.com/mithra.htm

    • bunnytee

      Ditto, AJ.
      Easter is the remnants of a pagan fertility cult-the egg being a symbol of fertility, -along with rabbits, lambs, peeps, and other typical spring reproductions- and the pagan goddess Eostre or Ostara.. Organized religions lay claim to the event with as much pomp, circumstance and fanfare as the pagans of yore ever did. (case in point: look into the origins of the May pole thing) Except for the fact that the pagans celebrated with with wild abandon, usually not seen today, unless you’re at a gay pride spectacle in SF. (off topic: did everyone know that there’s no such thing as “the gays”? So it’s boiled down to semantics, now? I’m liking gay mafia, that works)
      While, I’ll steer clear of the mine field/powder keg of religious debate, let me state that a little bit of history will clearly demonstrate that the origins of the above as well as the fact that those Rites of Spring predate Christianity, in some cases by thousands of years. Same applies to Mithra.and Osiris cults.

      I, being born and raised a Baptist, (note that I did not state that I’m a fanatical practitioner nor do I believe you need to be a Baptist, too, nor am i a Wellsboro-esque Baptist) am aware that those of the Catholic faith will likely spontaneously com burst over the above stated. (and frankly, anyone else with an ax to grind) So let me appeal to those ahead of time, do a little research. because it is what it is.

      Thankfully, we’re all still able to practice freedom of or freedom from religion. Even if your beliefs entail honor killings, female mutilation, and attempting to shove your beliefs down someone else’s throat. It is only that we, the USA, require that you refrain from violating civil law in so doing. Conducting yourselves as semi-human would also be greatly appreciated, as well.
      As we all know, freedom is the ultimate responsibility.
      I believe a large part of that responsibility is knowing what you believe and practice and why as well from whence it comes. The last time we had mindless, uninformed rule by religious belief we ended up with unmitigated witch hunting. Innocent people being tortured, hanged, and persecuted in the most barbaric of ways, which to me, is exactly where the Muslims, gays, and other so-called tolerance advocates would ultimately like to return us.

      So where’s the harm in observing what is now little more than a recognition of seasonal change or elaborate religious ceremonies?

      If you don’t like it, don’t observe it. Simple. If it doesn’t coincide with your personal beliefs, don’t recognize it. If it does, go at it full throttle, in whatever manner appeals to you whilst remaining within the confines of common decency and the rule of law, and respect for those who don’t care to share your interests, that is. If you don’t like it, you’re free to turn the page, change the channel, throw out the flyers,or go live among your own kind in a sequestered commune or something. Mummify yourself in a burka if that’s what floats your boat.

      If a woman in a bikini offends you, the I advise you to not frequent those places wherein you may find them. I’m sure there are burka-only beaches somewhere on this planet.
      If your religious beliefs are offended by another institution’s celebrations, then I advise you to live in a country wherein Christianity isn’t the majority.
      Problem solved.

  6. AJ

    Hey, wait a minute, is this a trilogy, a triumvirate, or some sort of trinity?

    The God Dionysos [aka Eleutherios (“the liberator”), and also the title of a good book by Da Free John]: “To these ends I have laid my deity aside and go disguised as man.”
    — Euripides, The Bacchae, v. 55 (5th century BC)

    Alexander the Great’s Mother was really into this stuff.

    http://www.pocm.info/pagan_christs_dionysus.html

  7. AJ

    The origin of the Easter egg hunt — the hunt for the amanita muscaria (magic mushroom) @ 53:21 – 55:05 of the following video.

  8. Chief Scrotum

    Its much simpler – the gay mafia, the muslim mafia, the dem mafia, all simply want you to submit to their beliefs knowing most whiteys are too shy/stupid to stand up for themselves. I think it was Marx or Stalin or deBlasio, one of ’em, who said a capitalist will sell you the rope to hang himself. Nothings changed.

  9. Peg

    Perhaps in the spirit of diversity, next month a few gay kids can be hanged?

    (And before I get attacks about an attack on Islam, please note that I have many Muslim bridge friends – but – they are not religious whackos like these people and they really ARE accepting of genuine diversity!)

  10. New Buyer

    Why would a Presbyterian Minister buckle and call an Easter Egg hunt a secular, non-religious event? I’m not claiming it is a spiritual activity, but it is a yearly Christian tradition. Now it is a secular tradition? Are we no longer allowed to use the word “Easter” and only allowed to call it an “Egg Hunt” or “Holiday Hunt?” I’m proud Christians are inclusive with their holidays and include people of other faiths — come to my Christmas Tree-trimming Party, enjoy our Easter Egg hunt — because it is in the spirit of these holidays. However, we should not water them down to secular events to keep the masses happy. I enjoy a good Passover meal at friends’ homes, but I don’t insist they call it a “Spring Dinner.” The fast for Ramadan is not a “Spring Cleanse.”

    • housecat

      (Liked the “spring cleanse” bit – that was good.) Agreed on all points. I believe inclusiveness should work both ways.

      • bunnytee

        It SHOULD work both ways, right.

        Unfortunately, we’ve turned a corner wherein terms and concepts like “tolerance” “diversity” and “meaningful dialogue” are owned by the one way street crowd of special interest.

        These terms no longer go both ways. “Tolerance” applies only to those who have the “right” perspective; right having the meaning of complicit, agreeing with, and without opposition.
        If the above were not true, we wouldn’t be hearing things like calling for the immediate termination of any CEO who declines to make loud statements about his/her support of gay marriage/rights, whatever. Thereby allowing themselves to be branded a heretic.

        “Tolerance” is now code for possible heretical belief.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t buck Minister!
      It is an Easter Egg Hunt, and has a religious meaning. Just don’t send out the flyers in the public schools. A school should not be passing out such flyers. As a child I had to pass out St. Valentines Day cards to my classmates in public school. We Jewish kids did not like it. We complained and got in trouble for it. I would be honored to attend an Easter Egg Hunt party if invited by my friend, as (I hope) my friend would be honored to sit at my table for Seder.

  11. Anonymous

    Bosnia

  12. Walt

    Dude –
    Where do I get to file my grievances? BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT!! I am getting tired of this crap.

    Firstly, and foremost, and most important of all, I WANT BRA’S BANNED!! And small tit’s too, while I am at it. IBID. What does ibid even mean Dude? I really don’t know, but I like saying it. It sounds important.

    Next. NEXT!! EVERYONE HAS TO EAT PORK!! Yes, Jews and Muslims alike. Who doesn’t like bacon? There is something wrong with these people, and we need to fix it. Do you agree, you greasy fingered little bacon eater?

    Secondly, all school girls, in fact, even girls up to 35 years of age, have to wear plaid school girl skirts. And not just the Jap’s, who wear it well, I might add. ALL OF THEM!! ENOUGH OF THIS BURKAAH CRAP!! FLAUNT IT SISTER!!

    Penultimatey, I have had it with the WASPS. YES THAT INCLUDES YOU DUDE!! I demand you all get a personality, remove the stick from your ass, and start enjoying life. It will make you a better person. Better people? It will make you human beings.

    Finally. FINALLY!! I want people to start thinking about the dead babies.
    Did someone say dead baby?

    What do you get when you put a dead baby in a blender?
    Hold on. I’ll tell you in a second.

    Your Pal,
    Walt

    • bunnytee

      As any smart woman knows, one of the best methods of getting a man out of bed on a Sunday morning is to let him smell bacon cooking. Lifting the lid at intermittent times allows the odor to waft down the halls and I guaran-damn-tee you he’ll hit the deck in less than 10. 15 max if he’s the lethargic type.

      Secondly, did you know that it was a man that invented the bra? Max Factor, I think. Somebody like that.
      Anyhoo, I’ve always thought that women should be just as able to go without a shirt like men can, sans being ogled by some ape. The exceptions being the tube sock crew, and the really bad silicone job crowd. Keep it to yourselves.

      The school girl skirts? The trade off must be that Speedos are henceforth banned.

      And lastly, dare I say? Walt is certifiable. Hands down.

      Off to a spring luncheon…

      • In fact, it appears that a French feminist invented the bra.

        Most experts, however, point to 19th-century French feminist Herminie Cadolle as the true inventor of the brassiere and the date of the invention as 1889.

        Upon moving to Argentina in the mid-1800s, Cadolle opened a shop selling fancy French underwear. The enterprise flourished, turning Cadolle into a globetrotting businesswoman. Her active lifestyle and busy schedule soon convinced her there just had to be a better foundation garment for women like her than the then-universal and very uncomfortable corset.

        In 1889 she moved back to Paris, there to set up her main shop. She soon after began work on the task of engineering a better undergarment. The top half of her 1889 two-part invention was “designed to sustain the bosom and supported by the shoulders.” (The bottom half was a corset that covered only the waist and rear.) Cadolle named this two-piecer le bien-être (the wellbeing).

        By 1905, the two-piecer had become two separate pieces, with the top half coming to be called a soutien-gorge (throat support).
        Read more at http://www.snopes.com/business/origins/bra.asp#HSkVQVQYwAOAr4OV.99

        While credited with the invention of the bra, Mmlle Cadolle is most famous and enshrined in the Feminist Hall of Joy for her ingenious brainstorm to hollow out a pickle and place an AA battery inside. T’was the jolt heard round the world.
        Sadly, Cadolle met an untimely end by drowning while attempting to present fish with bicycles. The fish in question were piranhas and the poor mademoiselle ended by becoming just a bit player in history.

  13. bunnytee

    Wiki says it was a German, Christine Hardt, in 1889, though. But there is evidence to support-no pun- that the ancient Greeks were first.

    I wouldn’t know about the jolt heard around the world, however.

  14. Anonymous

    Umm. Can you ixnay the Bunny tree? she is way too fantabulous and brilliant. Way beyond any of us hoi polloi. What a fn idiot

    • A2

      Anonymous. In addition to being a PA hillbilly that drives a bentley. She is clearly a lonely person that is crying out for attention. Let her rant. It is like watching a train wreck!

  15. children say what the parents tell them to say–using children to fight your battle is unheard of in this country!!!!

  16. JK

    Lets not forget 9-11. Just look at what’s going on in our country now.
    I can’t hardly stand going into shopping center in California anymore without
    getting REALLY mad. I’m not sure what country we live in.