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post #1 of 13
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I really erhmm am conflicted about my response to news such as this. On one hand I really feel like laughing yet on the other hand it is kind of disturbing.

Which brings me to something that I always wonder. What has a bunny got to do with Easter? And why is the bunny collecting eggs? Whose eggs are those? I mean after all bunnies do not give birth to eggs. Are you not disturb by the fact that a bunny is collecting other people's eggs? Or rather in another variant of the story, why is the bunny hiding eggs for Kids to find? And what happen to warnings parents give to their kids about not taking candy from strangers. The kids are actively searching for it!! Anyone want to help or am I the only person that thinks about this every easter.

But then again as a kid I really liked those chocolate easter bunny eggs with toys in them. Actually I still like the Chocolate Easter Bunny eggs just those without the toys. Mmm.


Easter Bunny Whipped by Pa. Church Group

GLASSPORT, Pa. — A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.

People who attended Saturday's performance at Glassport's memorial stadium quoted performers as saying, "There is no Easter bunny," and described the show as being a demonstration of how Jesus was crucified.

Melissa Salzmann, who brought her 4-year-old son J.T., said the program was inappropriate for young children.

"He was crying and asking me why the bunny was being whipped," Salzmann said.

Patty Bickerton, the youth minister at Glassport Assembly of God (search), said the performance wasn't meant to be offensive. Bickerton portrayed the Easter rabbit and said she tried to act with a tone of irreverence.

"The program was for all ages, not just the kids. We wanted to convey that Easter is not just about the Easter bunny, it is about Jesus Christ," Bickerton said.

Performers broke eggs meant for an Easter egg hunt and also portrayed a drunken man and a self-mutilating woman, said Jennifer Norelli-Burke, another parent who saw the show in Glassport, a community about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

"It was very disturbing," Norelli-Burke said. "I could not believe what I saw. It wasn't anything I was expecting."
post #2 of 13
I heard about this, on the news. Nothing like traumatizing a bunch of little kids!

The Christian "Easter" was actually hijacked from the pagan spring fertility rites. The bunny and eggs represent fertility and rebirth.

The early church had trouble attracting pagans, who missed the lavish festivals, associated with their deities. The church assigned a Christian purpose to many pagan festivals.

Christmas coincides with the Roman Saturnalia and, over the centuries, has added elements from other pagan forms of worship. The Christmas tree and mistletoe are from the Druids.
post #3 of 13
Why is it some Churches feel it their obligation to take any possible enjoyment out of a holiday for children? I don't follow the logic....somehow traumatizing the children makes them more faithful to your group and faith?

I grew up in a strong Christian family. We also had Santa visit every Christmas, and Easter candies and Easter Egg Hunts. The church even had their own Easter Egg Hunt. It didn't take away from the "True" meaning of the holidays, and it didn't make us all ostracized in the community either.

And what about the message of violence this is sending to the children who weren't totally traumatized. "It's OK to beat the cr@p out of something that doesn't conform to our beliefs..."
post #4 of 13
Well, if they beat the Easter Bunny, what do they do to Santa??

I find this very disturbing and being an adult, if I had witnessed it, I would be traumatized too. That seems a bit over the top to me.
post #5 of 13
Good Lord!
post #6 of 13
Geez whiz....does everything have to make religion look bad?? I am a Christian...and proud of it...and the true meaning of Easter is that this is the day we celebrate the fact that Christ arose from the grave...death did not control him, even after crucifiction... But I also do not see anything wrong with giving Easter eggs or candy to your children....the eggs represent new birth, and the chocolate...well that's just plain fun!

The only time I see something wrong with it, is when the true meaning is forgotten and candy is all that matters...in that case...what's the point of celebrating it...you can buy candy any day of the year. Celebrate on your own time.
post #7 of 13
I was raised in a strict, Pentecostal church and even THEY had an Easter egg hunt, every year. My daughter-in-law's father is a Baptist minister and his church is having an Easter egg hunt, too. There is nothing in the Bible, prohibiting people from having good, clean FUN.
post #8 of 13
Overkill! Since Easter represents resurrection or rebirth, I've never had any problems with the image of a bunny bringing eggs, since both the rabbit ("When they copulate, they ovulate") and eggs are powerful symbols of fertility. I'm still trying to figure out what little winged bells like those depicted in France have to do with rebirth, so I find bunnies with eggs quite acceptable.
post #9 of 13
Amen Cindy!!!
post #10 of 13
Well, if they beat the Easter Bunny, what do they do to Santa??
Since you asked...there was a thread posted here last Christmas about a Vicar in one church telling kids that Santa is dead. http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...threadid=29939
post #11 of 13
They sure took the fun out of easter for all the children who may have watched . I would have not gone with my child to see that and really , I think this is kind of cruel for a child to watch and really don't understant the hole thing what they try to say . If the parent want the children to know that there is no easter bunny then it should be up to them to tell them and not a church with a act like that .
My church (baptis)is also having a easter egg hunt tommorow and I don't see anything wrong with that .
post #12 of 13
Part of the fun of the holidays is that magical little critter that manages to get to everyone's house in one night. As long as children are also taught what the holiday is for, I see no harm in bunnies or santa. They eventually have to grow up and realize its not really real. I think its terrible that those children were exposed to something so harsh.
post #13 of 13
Oh how stupid of the people- what a way to ruin someones day. I understand the meaning of easter and I used to enjoy the chocolate as well, but now I know the real meaning I'm very much against it but when I'm with my young cousins, I try and enjoy it for them.
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