Oregon Faith News Note: Last week we ran a popular article entitled Easter Eggs renamed Spring Spheres which was about a local NW school choosing to censor the word Easter Egg in favor of a more harmless Spring Spheres. This story has been all over the radio and television news. Our favorite response was the National Post commentator Matt Gurney who has since been requoted in many newspapers.
Matt Gurney: The argument against calling them Easter eggs, of course, is that that might lead kids to ask what Easter is, which could lead—gasp!—to having to reference the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion. . . .
It’s reasonable to keep religious preaching out of schools. It’s silly to try and pretend that Christianity doesn’t exist in the hope of not offending someone who’s not content to simply raise their children in a non-Christian faith (or no faith at all), but must actually try and pretend that there is no faith. . . .
We’re not doing kids any favors by bringing them up abjectly ignorant of religion. Sooner or later, they’re going to have to come to the shocking realization that some people out there still believe in God, and celebrate events relating to that faith. One suspects that the world will not be forever ruined for these kids when they discover this harsh truth.
What’s even worse than the reflexive political correctness demonstrated by this desire to wash the Easter out of the springtime is that the symbol being targeted—Easter eggs—is itself already absurdly removed from the original meaning of Easter still marked by the devout Christians. There is simply no way that a child, presented with a chocolatey oval, would possibly conclude that only those who seek forgiveness for their sins through Christ’s love may attain salvation. This is an attempt to water down an already watery offering.
For this crime of extreme political correctness, let us all hope the school officials responsible receive a lump of carbon-based fuel in the cloth tube-sack they hang next to their December Light-Festooned Interior Coniferous Vegetation this Winter Holiday.
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