Saturday, March 12, 2005

They're At It Again!

In the unending quest to be tolerant by showing intolerance...

Easter Bunny hunted by PC Police

Shopping malls neutralizing secular symbol of Christian holiday

The Easter bunny has hopped into the crosshairs of the PC police.

It's a rite of Spring in most suburban shopping malls for youngsters to participate in Easter egg hunts or pose for photos with the Easter Bunny with the same fervor they had for sitting on Santa's lap during the Christmas holiday season.

But in the name of "multiculturalism," malls are phasing out the secular symbol of the Christian holiday.

Taking stock of malls throughout Palm Beach County, Fla., the Palm Beach Post discovered the Easter festivities held last weekend and scheduled for this weekend are being supervised by Baxter the Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and Garden Bunny.

"The name just complemented The Gardens of the Palm Beaches," mall marketing director Jeannie Roberts told the paper in explanation of the third name.

Mall officials at Town Center in Boca Raton, Fla., admitted to caving in to concern over what could be perceived as religious promotion.

"Because we're such a multicultural community, it's good just to remain neutral," mall general manager Sam Hosen said, according to the paper.

Another mall manager expressed apprehension over her decision to stick to tradition, hosting an Easter egg hunt complete with a cotton-tailed Easter bunny.

"I suppose the name Easter Bunny is fairly unusual," Boynton Beach mall manager Andrea Horne said. "I know it's probably not the popular thing to call it."

Although Easter and the Easter Bunny have origins in the Anglo-Saxon pagan celebration of spring, over the centuries they became associated by Christians with the resurrection of Jesus.
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When will we stand up and say enough is enough?

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