Hey, Isn’t that the Spring Bunny?

Because this is the holiest week of the year on the Judeo-Christian calendar, it might be useful to look at how theology is faring in the age of secularism.

As you may know, there is a movement in America to remove the word God from the currency, to replace the word “Christmas” with “winter,” and to replace the word “Easter”‘ with “spring.” On Long Island where I live, one school is running a “spring egg hunt” with a special appearance by the “Spring Bunny.”

Of course this kind of stupidity is insulting to Christians, but it’s been going on for years. Committed secular folks feel no shame or fear whatsoever in attempting to diminish Christian celebrations.

But those same people would never intrude on Ramadan because they fear reprisal. And you very rarely hear the anti-religious loons go after Jewish traditions because the Jews have powerful organizations that will respond quickly to anti-Semitic behavior.

It is, however, a different story in the Christian precincts. Here there is no organized resistance to attacks despite the fact that about 80% of the U.S. population describes itself as Christian.

Perhaps the lack of response to assaults on Christian tradition can be attributed to the “turn the other cheek” mandate that the theology espouses. But more likely the Christian community is complacent. Unlike Jews and Muslims, they generally don’t feel urgency when their faith is attacked.

Recently at Florida Atlantic University, a communications instructor, Dr. Deandre Poole, ordered his students to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, drop the paper to the floor and stomp on it. Dr. Poole contended the exercise was necessary in order to develop “critical thinking.”

One of the students, Ryan Rotela, a Mormon, refused the order. He was quickly disciplined by the university and removed from the class.

After my TV program began investigating the situation, FAU quickly reversed their decision, apologized to Ryan Rotela, and allowed him to continue in the class without answering to the instructor who, incredibly, is a Democratic Party official in Florida.

What struck me about this case was the lack of outrage by the Christian community in Florida. Ryan’s story was reported in the local media but nothing really happened until it got to the national level.

There is no question that secular forces in America feel emboldened and are pushing their anti-religion envelopes as far as they can. They know the media is largely behind them and they also have seen little pushback from Christian leadership. So why not demand that the Easter bunny be rechristened? Why not attack manger displays in public? What’s the downside?

While contemplating the resurrection of Jesus this week, American Christians might want to resurrect themselves. Because if the anti-Christian movement continues and does not see opposition rising up – in twenty years the spring bunny will be placing spring eggs into a spring basket everywhere.

The Easter bunny? Extinct.

  • wally12

    The attack on existing names is a common goal by the left and those who are against religion and especially against Christianity. They just can not stand to see words that have a meaning to the religious to remain untouched. Instead, they wish to change the meaning to suit their own agenda. Change the meaning of the Easter Bunny and the word marriage. The word marriage is the most disturbing. No one or no government has the right to infringe or changing the meaning of words that have stood unchanged in meaning for centuries to religions of the world. Those meanings are the exclusive right of those who have coin and/or used the word for centuries. If the gay community wants to have a word that describes their union, they can coin a new word. Nobody is stopping them from doing that.

  • I Hate Fascists

    O’Reilly is a con man whose job it is to push your buttons. So it doesn’t matter what he thinks. It’s what he wants YOU to think. And that is (a) that there is a conspiracy against Christianity, and (b) a fear that “The White Establishment is now the minority” and that Obama sees the right wing as “purveyors of White Privilege”. And by extension (c) fear of ever again electing a non white Christian president.

  • LEE

    IHF is oh so dead wrong. Secular folks are taking advantage of Christian indifference to what the secularists are doing. Whether it’s the words Easter or Christmas or the word GOD or the commandments or the manger scene Christians aren’t doing well protecting their beliefs.

    We need parents to stand up to that stupidity in schools as soon as they detect any actions that are anti Christian just as we must stand firm against any governmental secular movements. Other bloggers are correct when they mention when Muslims or Jews are attacked the secular liberal media will not touch them since they have such a strong lobby.

    Going after Bill O’Reilly is silly. He’s a devote Catholic who is astute at detecting anti Christian movements. Since Christianity is getting it on the chin we Christians need a listening post to make us all aware of the goings on of the secularists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.vance1 Adrian Vance

    There are four different versions of the resurrection in the Bible according to Thomas Paine and his “Age of Reason” has been in print for 237 years! If anything deserves to be called a religion it should pass any test and the questioners should not be discounted, abused or killed.

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: http://tinyurl.com/7jgh7wv and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

    • gray_man

      It’s not according to Thomas Paine, it’s according to the bible itself. Four different people wrote about the resurrection thus four versions. Nothing new there – why do you think eye witnesses are so frustrating at court.

  • Larry Linn

    “The term ‘Easter’ is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. The festival of Pasch [Passover and the Feast of Unleavens] was a continuation of the Jewish [that is, God's] feast….from this Pasch the pagan festival of ‘Easter’ was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity.” (W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, article: Easter,
    p.192

  • I Hate Fascists

    There is no Easter Bunny. There is no movement to remove the words God, Christmas, Easter. For any true follower of Christianity this is a non-issue. Only for phony made for TV religion. So there is no point except that O’Reilly is a moron. And you cult followers are morons if you swallow evey stupid thing Televangelist O’Reilly feeds you.

    • gray_man

      Speaking of moron, did you really think everyone here thought there was an easter bunny?

  • sheila0405

    Why didn’t the parents at the schools where the word “Easter” is banned speak out? If that had happened while my kids were growing up, I’d create such a stir. I’d contact the principal, the school superintendent, the school board, and the media. And, of course, the PTA. Ridiculous.

  • DOOM161

    Atheists are some of the most religiously zealous people in the world, but they have no single religious text so they have to invent their own morals and standards. So none of this should really surprise anyone.

  • austincitylimits

    Very astute IHF, but of course you completely missed the point.

  • I Hate Fascists

    O’Reilly you are a moron. Here is a news flash for you … THERE IS NO EASTER BUNNY!!!

    • DOOM161

      Then why does the mention of him scare you so much?

      • I Hate Fascists

        OK you convinced me! There really is an Easter Bunny! Who knew!

    • sheila0405

      Hey, IHF, there is no spring bunny, either. The point is that the word “Easter” is being banned, not the rabbit. You are really silly.

    • gray_man

      Speaking of moron, did you really think that O’Reilly thought there was an easter bunny?