ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Easter Bunny has been sent packing at St. Paul City Hall.Source: the Washington Post.
A toy rabbit, pastel-colored eggs, and a sign with the words “Happy Easter” were removed from the lobby of the City Council offices, because of concerns they might offend non-Christians.
A council secretary had put up the decorations. They were not bought with city money.
St. Paul’s human-rights director, Tyrone Terrill, asked that the decorations be removed, saying they could be offensive to non-Christians.
But City Council member Dave Thune says removing the decorations went too far, and he wonders why they can’t celebrate spring with “bunnies and fake grass.”
Nordlinger finds humor in the fact that the city of St. Paul has an official human rights director. That doesn’t surprise me at all. What I find sublimely interesting is what a dodo this guy (the human rights director, not Nordlinger) is. He is worried that a toy rabbit, pastel-colored eggs, and “Happy-Easter” signs are offensive to non-Christians?
They are offensive to me, as a Christian, trivializing, as they do, our holiest day. (Before you comment, I have no objection to “easter” baskets which, like Christmas presents, are an enjoyable though secular tradition—even though in our household we don’t do the easter basket thing.) I would be more than delighted if I never saw another Easter Bunny, although I have no interest in launching a campaign to criminalize him (her?).
Of course, even though I see no linkage between bunnies or pastel-colored (or primary colored, for that matter) hard boiled eggs and the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, I could not care less whether (or not) City-Hall displays them.
These are fun times in which we live.