I guess it was bound to happen. A public elementary school in Alabama has renamed its annual Easter Egg Hunt to avoid giving offense to non-Christian children and parents. According to the schools principal, Lydia Davenport, the hunt will still take place; it will just no longer have the word Easter attached to it. The seasonal rabbit will likewise go nameless:
Kids love the bunny, smiles Davenport, and we just make sure we dont say the Easter bunny so that we dont infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion; a bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit, Davenport concluded.
Well, you cant argue with that. Most disputes about public holiday displays in America involve Christmas, of course. This is so, I think, because Easter, although far more important as a religious holiday, is relatively minor as a public holiday. Perhaps thats because it falls on a Sunday. Compared to Christmas, Easter passes by almost without notice in America. But theres no reason we cant fight over it as well. Let the Easter Wars begin.