This week in Minnesota's capital, a toy rabbit, pastel-colored eggs and a sign with the words "Happy Easter" adorning the entrance to the St. Paul City Council offices were ordered to hit the bunny trail by the city's human-rights director who claimed the items might offend non-Christians.
"I sent an e-mail that Easter is viewed as a Christian holiday and advised that it be taken down," Tyrone Terrill told the Pioneer Press. "It wasn't a big deal."
But City Council Member Dave Thune had no problem with the seasonal display.
"I absolutely wonder how colored eggs and bunnies and chickens are Christian," Thune told the paper. "I'm a little puzzled how people can be offended."
In response to the bunny ban, the New York-based Catholic League is sending Terrill a full-size bunny suit.
"It is our hope that once Tyrone dons the costume, he will realize that even non-Christians are not offended," said the league's president, Bill Donohue. "And we urge him to read and digest a copy of the First Amendment, preferably while munching on some rancid carrots."
Terrill has now posted a notice on the city's website, stating, "I wanted to let you know that my request was not to remove bunnies or eggs from the City of Saint Paul, but the sign on the door that says Happy Easter. With that being said, I am sorry for all the confusion that this has caused as my e-mail had nothing to do with rabbits, eggs etc."
Already, many stores and malls across the U.S. are preparing for seasonal events, with some refraining from usage of terms like "the Easter Bunny," opting instead for more generic terms like "Spring Bunny," or other names avoiding the name "Easter."
Friday, March 24, 2006
RADICAL RIGHT CLAIMS 'WAR ON EASTER'
Much the same as the alleged "War on Christmas," only this one involves bunnies and Jesus. World Net Daily claims the anti-Christians are taking aim at Easter:
Guess our crucified bunny display is out for this year.