by John Alexander Madison
March 31, 2013
Citing “religious diversity conflicts,” an elementary-school principal in Madison, Alabama banned the use of the word “Easter” last week. An egg hunt and a costumed rabbit were included in their spring celebration but principal Lydia Davenport said neither could be referred to using the word “Easter.” For the hunt, Davenport also insisted that prizes had to be of different shapes, rather than just eggs. And while a bunny was allowed to participate, this misguided school leader insisted nobody refer to the lagomorph (formerly considered a rodent, more recently a mammal) as an ‘Easter bunny’ so as not to infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion. It gets worse. The principal went on to say if anyone used the word Easter, she threatened to transform the bunny into, are you ready for this, rabbit stew.
The Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution states Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. It is immediately followed by the Free Exercise Clause, which states, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Would someone explain how this elementary school principal can get away with indoctrinating our children with an anti-Christian and anti-America agenda in conflict with our Constitution?
There are an estimated 2.1 billion Christians on Earth and approximately eighty-percent of Americans are Christians. Why then, as a nation, are we not fighting harder to protect those freedoms…especially our religious freedoms?
Whoever had the idea to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education a few presidential election cycles ago was on to something. And in light of Ms. Davenport’s recent and wrong-headed pronouncement, American taxpayers have yet another reason to demand an annual $70 billion refund- the budget for the U.S. Department of Education. Haven’t we proven by now that those dollars can best be allocated by parents and local school boards rather than by upwards of 10,000 Washington bureaucrats?
As the institutions and traditions of the greatest nation of Earth continue to crumble and the march toward full dependency seems as irreversible as a Pacific ocean tsunami one wonders how much more change we can absorb (like allowing non-citizens to vote in our elections), how many more freedoms we will lose, before we find ourselves on an irreversible path.
America is the most tolerant nation on Earth….tolerant of diverse personalities, diverse national origins, diverse opinions, diverse religious and political beliefs, and more. But the East_ _ Bunny is gone now. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag (and to the Republic for which it stands) is becoming unacceptable in many quarters. Removing the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance seems all but inevitable. And how many Americans now decorate a “holiday” tree each December rather than, dare I say it, a Christmas tree? The religious institution of marriage is under attack…even though we all know that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
The radical social and secular progressive experiment we are undergoing is leading us to becoming a morally bankrupt nation. If we continue to lose our freedoms we will have nothing left. As my minister reminded me this morning in order to have freedom you must have virtue; and in order to have virtue you must have faith; and in order to have faith you must have freedom. Need I add our freedoms guaranteed to us by our Founding Fathers are worth fighting for?
In closing I have just two things to say: HAPPY EASTER and long live the Easter Bunny!