Religion & Beliefs

If You Want to Hunt the Easter Bunny, You Gotta Know His Name

Via Jewschool, as is so often the case… A town in California is renaming the Easter Bunny,– the strange result of complaints made by a Jewish resident (that his town was sponsoring a “Christian” event). And so… behold, The Spring … Read More

By / March 19, 2007

Via Jewschool, as is so often the case…

A town in California is renaming the Easter Bunny,– the strange result of complaints made by a Jewish resident (that his town was sponsoring a “Christian” event).

And so… behold, The Spring Bunny!

Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief– that henceforth this California town is sponsoring a meaningless event stripped of whatever religious significance it used to ahve.

And all the little Jews can play along?

Um, no… no way. Over my dead body. (and bear in mind—I’m an intermarried child of intermarriage. If anybody wanted to play along, it’d be me…)

My take?

Taxes shouldn’t pay for religious icons!

My other take?

It’s no better for taxes to pay for stupid non-religious secular events that—without the odd benefit of religious/cultural evolution—seem like the daydreams of acid-freaks who’ve watched too much PBS children’s programming.

Because without Easter, a big rabbit hopping around fondling children after bribing them with chocolate, and “hiding” hard boiled eggs in plain sight makes NO SENSE AT ALL! Without Easter, the sudden boom in candy sales makes no sense in a country with rising childhood diabetes rates.

I mean, would any city fund an “event” that involved a giant monkey wandering the streets, draping cotton candy in the limbs of low-hanging branches?

I realize that the bunny means NOTHING real in connection with the resurrection of Jesus. I understand that it’s a co-opted pagan holiday tradition, and blah blah blah…

But whatever we call Hoppy McFluffkins, and however unrelated he may be to the Easter liturgy– the Easter bunny IS a Christian symbol of a Christian holiday, worshipped by lots of nominal Christians in a Christian country (and paid for with the taxes of that country in some cases).

And the people who want to change his name— they’re just trying to fool you into believing that isn’t the case.

Or they’re not really Christians. In which case, what’s the point?