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by grazynahuk on March 5th, 2010

I can not believe that the old, good egg hunt can fuel that many passionate comments.

Bunny does not have any religious significance, is only meant to bring and hide all the eggs full of bad for your kid's teeth sweets! When the children look for them, they are supposed to observe the miracle of the springtime and the nature waking up after a long, hard winter...
Bunny, just like Rudolph, the reindeer, belong to the children and the grown ups do not need to interfere, besides driving them to the event.

All the gods are busy enough with what is going on in the world, and we are talking about serious stuff.
Lets leave the egg hunt to the kids, there is nothing wrong with just having fun.

And,. lets leave any religion where it belongs: at home or in church. Everything in life does not always have to be that significant.

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by sloneycho on March 5th, 2010

I hope that next year the event either gets a new name or goes on independent of the MNA.

It sounds like you would like to see the MNA restricted to not sponsoring any events with ties to religion, historical or otherwise. This would likely be an amendment to the bylaws.

Article XIV. Amendment

The bylaws may be amended, altered, or repealed by a two-thirds vote at any meeting of the membership, provided that the exact wording of the proposed change is included in the agenda of the required notice of the meeting.
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by SHoffman on March 5th, 2010

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by MCCLOSKEY5 on March 5th, 2010

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by Chris on March 5th, 2010


Since I think I'm the only one who mentioned Lent on this thread, I feel compelled to note that my mention of Lent was in no way intended to speak ill or mock Lent or Catholics or Christians in general. I am a Lent-observing Protestant Christian (many Protestants observe Lent, as well as Catholics), and I am respectful of Catholic and other Christian traditions. My post about "Lent Egg Hunt" was an attempt to inject a little levity into the discussion. (With maybe a hint of my personal persnicketyness about whether it's actually proper to stage an Easter celebration on a day that is actually supposed to be part of the reflective season of Lent--if anything, my post was more pro-Lent, though I didn't intend anything quite so serious as that.) So, I apologize if my post came off as anything against Lent or Catholics.

Basically, SHoffman, I actually share your view of this thread. And I think that next year for Lent I will give up chiming in on heated threads with attempts to lighten the mood.
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by hectoranddebbie on March 5th, 2010

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." If you would like your kids to be able to participate, by all means take them. If they ask why they are there, explain it in the same way you explained their school Christmas party or the colored lights decorating your neighbors' homes in December. Chances are, they'll be so busy hunting for little colored eggs with treasures inside that it will never occur to them to ask, "Why?"
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by danx111 on March 5th, 2010

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Sunday March 7, 2010
10 am to 5 pm, Kite Contest starts at 1:00 pm
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by bullcreek on March 5th, 2010

The modern English term Easter is speculated to have developed from Old English word Ēastre or Ēostre or Eoaster, which itself developed prior to 899. The name refers to Eostur-monath, a month of the Germanic calendar attested by Bede as named after the goddess Ēostre of Anglo-Saxon paganism.[15] Bede notes that Eostur-monath was the equivalent to the month of April, and that feasts held in her honor during Ēostur-monath had died out by the time of his writing, replaced with the Christian custom of Easter.[16] Using comparative linguistic evidence from continental Germanic sources, the 19th century scholar Jacob Grimm proposed the existence of an equivalent form of Eostre among the pre-Christian beliefs of the continental Germanic peoples, whose name he reconstructed as Ostara.

The implications of the goddess have resulted in scholarly theories about whether or not Eostre is an invention of Bede, theories connecting Eostre with records of Germanic folk custom (including hares and eggs), and as descendant of the Proto-Indo-European goddess of the dawn through the etymology of her name. Grimm's reconstructed Ostara has had some influence in modern popular culture. Modern German has Ostern, but otherwise, Germanic languages have generally borrowed the form pascha, see below.
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by grazynahuk on March 5th, 2010

thanks bullcreek, finally something interesting and worth learning about,
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by JennaMartin on March 5th, 2010

I can't help but giggle at little at this conversation-as in a happy teacher kinda of way.
My students in U.S. History right now are debating similar issues as we delve into issues about religion and state and other fun first amendment rights. Specifically we are looking at how the Supreme Court has decided the role of religion in society through schools, such as the case of Lemon v. Kurtzman and Wallace v. Jaffree. To spare all of you the thrill of being in my U.S. History class, I'll summarize.
The court has set up three criteria to determine if states (and other public entities) are over reaching in their involvement in religion. Here is a summary, known as the Lemon Test (cute name, right?):

1. The government's action must have a secular legislative purpose;
2. The government's action must not have the primary effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion;
3. The government's action must not result in an "excessive government entanglement" with religion

I think the 'Easter' egg hunt fits all three of these and therefore doesn't suggest we are sponsoring a Christian event, nor are we promoting a specific faith. I can tell you as an organizer last year, there were no prayers, no crosses and no mention of Jesus.

I understand people wanting to feel included, as my husband is also Jewish and sensitive to events that leave his religious and cultural heritage out (as I write this I have Shabbat candles burning). But I think we must also be sensitive to those spending the time, energy and effort organizing such an event. We also shouldn't ignore the cultural origins this event stems from.

I would also like to say, I think it would be awesome for someone to submit a grant to host a Hanukkah, Purim, Tu'Bishvat event or some other event that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of our diverse community (maybe Dussehra, Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi festival?)
All it takes is a little initiative and some planning. The way I see it, the Supreme Court has set some pretty good guidelines when it comes to balancing religion and state and upon reflection, I think we are meeting them. As an interfaith family, I am pretty comfortable with that.



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