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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Spring/Easter/Resurrection Sunday

You know, there are times when you just can't win. I've heard my mom tell the story of when she decided that Southern Baptism just wasn't for her. She was in a congregation with a chandelier rattling pastor who spent Easter Sunday talking screaming about how Easter was a pagan holiday and how this was Resurrection Sunday.

And yet, some persecuted Christians and Fox news are flipping out over Easter events being called Spring Egg Hunts rather than Easter Egg Hunts. Le sigh. It requires a special breed of ignorance to fail to notice that there aren't any bunnies nor egg hunts in the death and resurrection story of Jesus in the New Testament. So how come we celebrate it that way? Well, Easter is named for the goddess Eostre/Ostara. Eggs are a symbol of rebirth and bunnies are a symbol of fertility. Here we are, fast approaching the spring equinox in the solar cycle, and what do you know, there's a holiday to celebrate everything returning from the dead. Of course, Christianity is not a solar religion, so Easter is held on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, unless that Sunday is the full moon, in which case it's on the following Sunday, because it's not a lunar religion either. Riiiiiight...

Whereas I'd kind of expect some fundies to freak out about celebrating the resurrection of their lord and savior with such pagan symbologies, I wouldn't have expected them to flip out over renaming the holiday activities from a pagan name to a neutral, seasonal name. But that would require some greater level of education on the part of the aforementioned fundies that they can get from reading one book and one book alone.

Instead, it's all about we wacky liberals/humanists/pagans trying to ruin our American culture, taking away all that is holy and secularizing the beyond repair. Nevermind that the egg hunt still goes on nor that there will be a man in a giant furry bunny suit at the event. Oh no, just as we're out to destroy Christmas, our next target is Easter Sunday. I'm here to say we pagans enjoy our annual week of egg salad just as much as the rest of you all, so just relax and enjoy your Easter/Resurrection/Spring celebrations. Sheesh.

5 Comments:

  • I don't think it's a Christian thing, so much as a tradition thing. The Egg hunt is done on Easter, thus it's the Easter Egg Hunt dammit!

    Why do the non-traditionalists as I'll call them feel the overwhelming need to change this stuff?

    I'm an atheist, but it's "Merry Christmas" not "Happy Holidays." Especially when it's the clerk at the store telling you that. It's Christmas money filling up that cash register, not Kwanza. I am not offended by "under God" being in the Pledge of Allegiance, or "In God we Trust" on money. It's always been that way. OK, the Pledge hasn't always been that way, but it has for my lifetime anyway.

    Just let us keep our traditions the way they are. If these others don't like them, then let them start their own. If I'm not mistaken, don't you sing Christmas Carols on Halloween or do Easter Egg hunts at a graveyard or something like that. (memory is a little foggy about what I read on this blog). How would you like it if some busy bodies with nothing better to do tried to change your traditions???

    By Blogger Kevin, at 10:12 AM  

  • My traditions change all the time. Before Easter egg graveyard hunts, there were promises eggs with the Barbarians. Before that were the Peeps massacre and roasted rabbit. Heck, my favorite was still the year Tate did a chalk outline of the Easter bunny with evidence flags for the basket and eggs on his driveway. God bless his twisted mind. The trick is knowing which battles to fight. The tradition isn't changing, just a minor name modification that happened FIVE years ago, but which Fox news just picked up on.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 10:18 AM  

  • coming unglued… flipping out… freak out

    Hardly. I read the entire article and could find only one acknowledged Christian quoted, a minister, and he didn't sound terribly disturbed. A handful of letters and phone calls is about all there is. In fact it sounds like Stephen Colbert made more of an issue out of it than Fox News chasing ratings!

    What was the subtitle again? "[M]edia hops all over Walnut Creek…". Media. Not Christians.

    It requires a special breed of ignorance to fail to notice that there aren't any bunnies nor egg hunts in the death and resurrection story of Jesus in the New Testament.

    Would that be similar to the special breed of ignorance required to assume that said Christians were not perfectly aware of that? It is obvious that the issue is the name, not the activity; the etymology is irrelevant. The modern meaning of the word refers unambiguously to the day of the resurrection of Christ, and reasonable people can oppose moving away from that name in traditional celebrations of that event.

    because it's not a lunar religion either. Riiiiiight...

    And in fact it is not. Easter takes place on Passover, which is a fixed date in the Hebrew calendar. What was that about ignorance?

    Just let us keep our traditions the way they are.

    Agreed.

    My traditions change all the time.

    How then are they traditions ("long established customs")?

    Bashing Christians again for no good reason? Sounds little like fair comment and far more like axe-grinding.

    By Blogger Michael, at 4:36 PM  

  • I've not yet figured out why Michael bothers to read my blog. Apparently just 'cause he likes getting pissed about my opinions, but not actually being able to successfully make an argument for his own.

    Take for example Passover and Easter. They're not the same dates. And even Easter is a different date depending on whether you're orthodox or not. Linked yes, same, not so much. And my greater issue with it is that there's been a lot of protestations from Christian fanaticals (not all Christians, but just a subset) saying that Christianity isn't a lunar religion, that that stuff is pagan, but that denies the basic foundations of the religion.

    Anyway, bored with Michael. Make a better argument and I'll consider it.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 5:37 PM  

  • Apparently just 'cause he likes getting pissed about my opinions

    Not yet.

    not actually being able to successfully make an argument for his own.

    What was the word again? Riiight…. Those who begin by resorting to ad hominem arguments implicitly concede the weakness of their own reasoning.

    Last time you argued against the Encyclopædia Britannica. This time the fact is that the article was about the media (it even points that out itself), but you want to make it about religion. An observation which you sidestepped, of course. Grind, grind, grind.

    Take for example Passover and Easter. They're not the same dates.

    Not so fast. For some it is, although for most in the West it is no longer the same as the Jewish date. Over time different branches adopted different calculations for the Passover weekend, but the principle remains the same.

    And even Easter is a different date depending on whether you're orthodox or not.

    Passover varies, hence Easter varies. So?

    Linked yes, same, not so much.

    Which, of course, clearly explains why Easter is known in most languages as Πάσχα (Passover). Or not.

    saying that Christianity isn't a lunar religion, that that stuff is pagan, but that denies the basic foundations of the religion.

    Since you say that you like strong arguments, why not walk the talk and actually cite something to back up this claim of yours? I'd like to meet a Christian who does claim to be following a moon-worshipping religion, given its Biblical condemnation as idol worship!

    By Blogger Michael, at 6:33 PM  

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