Spring Sphere Roll, Anyone?

Not content with attacking Christmas and changing the name of our decorated trees to “holiday trees” along with a whole lot of other stuff associated with Christmas, the PC loons are at it again – but this time they’re after – hold on to your seats – Easter eggs!  I’m not joking.

While Easter is a major Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the holiday is also secular.  Springtime is the time when we see lots of chocolate Easter bunnies, jelly beans, and, of course, children decorating Easter eggs.

Manufacturers such as Peeps, Dove, Cadbury and Hershey’s sell Easter favorites of their candies.  Coloring kits, grass  and baskets are marketed as items used to decorate and display Easter eggs.

While researching this article, I discovered that the egg was a pagan symbol and later adopted by Christians to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Growing up as a Roman Catholic, I’d never heard about such a connection and after asking several adults, they hadn’t either.  All thought the Easter egg was secular, not religious.  But that won’t stop the PC loons here in Seattle….

When a 16-year old from a private high school decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school as part of her community service project during Spring break, she suggested to the teacher that she’d like to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candies and give them out to the children.  She got the teacher’s approval but only if she called the treats “Spring spheres.”

Well, the high school volunteer went along with it, but when she took the little eggs out of her bag to distribute them to the third graders, the teacher said, “Oh, look, Spring spheres” and all the kids replied, “Wow, Easter eggs!”

First of all, the children are obviously way smarter than their teacher.  Not only did the children recognize the eggs for what they were, the teacher wasn’t smart enough to realize that eggs are not spheres but naturally occurring ovoids.  But what’s next?  Will the food police join with the PC twits and require the volunteer to put quinoa into the eggs instead of candy?

Apparently, the Seattle elementary school isn’t the only government agency eliminating “Easter.”  The city’s parks department has removed “Easter” from all of its advertised egg hunts.

What exactly are the PC zealots afraid of?  What’s so offensive about an Easter egg?  Are they concerned about cholesterol or are they trying to make something really non-religious into something religious so they can do away with the holiday altogether?  What amazes me is that someone actually comes up with this nonsense.  I don’t have the time or energy; heck, I barely have time to read about it and type a few words.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the school district had multiple meetings and staffings in order to come up with this policy to save the children from the dangers of perceived religious indoctrination in the guise of Easter eggs.  What’s next, the extermination of the dreaded Easter bunny?  Why focus on education when there are far more important issues like eliminating the Easter egg?

Neighboring Seattle might be the PC capital of the U.S. this week, but the Easter bunny better watch out if next year the annual celebration is changed to the “2012 White House Spring Sphere Roll.”  It’s only a matter of time when his time is up.

In the meantime, I’ll just sit here quietly, eating my Dove dark chocolate Easter egg while contemplating the fate of Easter Island….

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
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  • Konrad Lau

    Finally! Someone actually used the correct term for the actual geometric shape: ovoid.

    I suspect that the 16-year-old reported what she was told accurately.
    I also suspect she was told this as a result of a teacher’s interpretation of the Seattle Public School System’s regulation concerning the observance of religious holidays on school property who was trying to cover her/his back side.

    From the Seattle School District’s web-site:

    Instruction Related to Religion
    Factual and objective teaching about religion, the impact of religion, and religious-based ideas and ideals may be included in classroom instruction in relation to the District’s educational goals and student learning objectives. It is inherent to the teaching of history, literature, social studies, intercultural education, human relations, art, and music to include the contributions of religions and religious movements to this field.
    Factual and objective teaching about religion is to be distinguished from the teaching or promotion of religion. Consequently, the legitimate teaching about religion can be conducted but shall not:

    1. Utilize instructional materials that promote or encourage non-religion, religion, religious viewpoints, religious groups, or religious activities.

    2. Include assemblies and/or programs that promote or encourage religion or non-religion.

    3. Take the form of religious instruction, worship, exercise, or persuasion.

    4. Attack or promulgate religion or the absence of religion or any particular belief system.

    5. Question the religious belief or absence of religious belief of any student.

    6. Require a student to declare a religious preference.

    You will note that as in many other documents crafted in this fashion, the included language leaves much room for interpretation. The goal of the document was to allow the District an excuse if sued by an irate atheist or Muslim by saying “Look, we have a policy and that teacher flubbed the deal.”

    Just because the young lady was only sixteen does not negate the probability she was told exactly what she reported. I live in the Puget Sound area and get a regular dose of this pap all too frequently. It is VERY easy for me to believe what was reported.

    Oh, by the way, weren’t the “holiday trees” at SeaTac airport particularly lovely this year?

    • Ron

      I am not sure what is wrong with the policy. I don’t want school districts to promote or encourage non-religion, religion, religious viewpoints, religious groups, or religious activities. What religious viewpoints should they promote. As for the 16 year old girl, she never identified the school or the teacher so there is no opportunity for verification.

  • Kelly

    This simply is NOT TRUE. It has been debunked but no one cares to amend their blog with the truth. If this were true yes, it would be absurd, but it is propaganda created, fabricated to make Jews and people of other faiths and NO faith look bad and be hated.

    This entire thing came from the mouth of a 16 year old. Not one teacher knew who or what she was talking about. But I don’t blame her…I lame adults who have no critical thinking skills and believe whatever suits their agenda. Whatever happened to Truth?

  • Kelly

    This simply is NOT TRUE. It has been debunked but no one cares to amend their blog with the truth. If this were true yes, it would be absurd, but it is propaganda created, fabricated to make Jews and people of other faiths and NO faith look bad and be hated.

    This entire thing came from the mouth of a 16 year old. Not one teacher knew who or what she was talking about. But I don’t blame her…I lame adults who have no critical thinking skills and believe whatever suits their agenda. Whatever happened to Truth?

    You should be ashamed of reporting what you have no investigated at least a little. The internet is w full of angry people like a village with torches wanting blood. How sad it has come to this much hatred.

    • http://www.idontgetit.us Leona Salazar

      Thanks for your repeated comments, Kelly. Although there may be a question, at this point, whether the story is true, I live in the Seattle area and it is quite possible that it is true. Can you post a link to the proof that it was debunked. My comments about the story, in no way, were intended “to make Jews and people of other faiths and NO faith look bad and be hated.” That comment by you is totally absurd. I was addressing the political correctness here in Seattle and, as my article pointed out, the parks department did, in fact, eliminated the word “Easter” in any of its egg hunts. Please see this link. http://parkways.seattle.gov/2011/03/24/hubbard-homestead-park-opening-event-headlines-spring-egg-hunts/ So, whether the Spring sphere story is true or not, my comments would still apply to the elimination of “Easter” in any egg hunt.

  • http://paul-borden.blogspot.com Paul Borden

    Aren’t spring spheres what you find on the menus at Chinese restaurants? Or is that non-PC as well?

  • Ron

    I read about the story. Neither the school teacher nor the school was identified. The story apparently was told originally in a radio interview. The Seattle School District has said that it does not have a policy on religious holidays and that it could not confirm the story. If true, the good thing is that it sounds like this is what one teacher did and was not school policy. In addition, it is the exception, otherwise it would not be news worthy. If not true, the bad thing is there has been so much of changing religious events to secular events by governments, Easter break to spring break, we are willing to believe it.

  • David Walker

    I would bet that most kids all over these United States in third grade or lower grades know it’s an Easter Egg! Our public education system in this country is truly in dire straights….amazing….

  • Roger Ward

    If there were an effort made to downgrade or minimize any holiday associated with any other religion, however secular or commercial it had become, you can be sure that this teacher would spring to the defense of that holiday. In the current Politically Correct environment, only Christian and American traditions are subject to this type of attack. Anyone want to bet me that this teacher’s politics are leftist? (Only a leftie would countenance the absurdity of “Spring Spheres.”) Sheeeeshh.

  • JDO

    Amazing.
    Putting aside the absurdity of this for a second, “Spring Spheres” isn’t even great alliteration, like “Easter Eggs” is. It’s downright awkward to say! This reminds me of bad commercials or movies, when I sit there and think, “someone, maybe many someones, somewhere, not only had to come up with this crap in the first place, but someone else thought it was a great idea and signed off on it!” Why?!?

    Well, anyway, Happy um, not Hunting, that’s not-PC either … um, Happy Collecting Oblong Ovoids everybody!