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The War on Easter
« on: April 13, 2017, 10:11:17 AM »
Not content with desecrating (the borrowed pagan festival of) Christmas by using the profane greeting "Happy Holidays," the forces of creeping multiculturalism and secularization have taken aim at Easter as well. Sponsored by Cadbury's and held at National Trust properties in the UK, the name of an event previously promoted as the "Easter Egg Trail" has been changed this year to "Cadbury's Great British Egg Hunt." Oh, the horror! The Church of England and British Prime Minister Theresa May have both stood up to denounce this travesty. They've been joined by various other political and religious leaders.

Though the "controversy" has been somewhat ridiculed in the UK, I'll quote from the Daily Telegraph's sympathetic coverage:

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The National Trust was facing a membership boycott amid a growing backlash over the decision to drop "Easter" from the name of its annual Easter egg hunt.

The charity and Cadbury's faced criticism from all quarters including the Prime Minister, other faith leaders, and members of the Cadbury family over the "frankly ridiculous" decision to rename their annual event.

Members said that they were reconsidering their payments to the National Trust as many took to social media to ask the charity how they could cancel their subscriptions.

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The National Trust maintains that the decision concerning the event's branding was taken by Cadbury.

The changes prompted the Church of England to accuse the Trust's campaign of "airbrushing faith" from the religious festivities.

Theresa May reacted to the news yesterday morning pointing out that she was a National Trust member as well as a vicar's daughter.

She said: "Easter's very important. It's important to me, it's a very important festival for the Christian faith for millions across the world. So I think what the National Trust is doing is frankly just ridiculous."

She found an unlikely ally in Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, who said: "It upsets me as well because I don't see why Cadbury should take over the name, because that's what it's done, it's commercialisation gone a bit too far."
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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 10:32:03 AM »
I sure hope Cadbury can ressurect their reputation.

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Re: The War on Easter
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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2017, 11:25:58 AM »
Someday a Xtian is going to have to explain to me exactly what eggs and bunnies have to do with Christ.
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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2017, 12:00:57 PM »
Wasn't it the bunny that died for our sins? And it takes some pretty big huevos to sacrifice oneself.

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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2017, 12:32:02 PM »
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The practice of decorating eggshells as part of spring rituals is ancient,[11] with decorated, engraved ostrich eggs found in Africa which are 60,000 years old.[12] In the pre-dynastic period of Egypt and the early cultures of Mesopotamia and Crete, eggs were associated with death and rebirth, as well as with kingship, with decorated ostrich eggs, and representations of ostrich eggs in gold and silver, were commonly placed in graves of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians as early as 5,000 years ago.[13] These cultural relationships may have influenced early Christian and Islamic cultures in those areas, as well as through mercantile, religious, and political links from those areas around the Mediterranean.[10]

The Christian custom of Easter eggs, specifically, started among the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs with red colouring "in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at His crucifixion".[6][7][8][9] The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus, with the Roman Ritual, the first edition of which was published in 1610 but which has texts of much older date, containing among the Easter Blessings of Food, one for eggs, along with those for lamb, bread, and new produce. The blessing is for consumption as a food, rather than decorated.[8

So, just another ancient custom taken over by the xtians.

Aren"t the bunnies somethjng to do with fecundity, little blighters breeding all over the place? Spring fertlity rites and all that, what?




But they piched the name from the pagan goddess Eostre anyway.
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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2017, 12:44:34 PM »
But they piched the name from the pagan goddess Eostre anyway.
The Catholic church did similar things in most of the areas it spread to. Many of the earliest saints were repurposed pagan gods and goddesses. Spreading a veneer of Christianity over the local pagan deities and holidays was one way of converting the masses with as little fuss as possible. Of course, if that didn't work, there was always conversion by sword.
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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2017, 12:50:08 PM »
But they piched the name from the pagan goddess Eostre anyway.
The Catholic church did similar things in most of the areas it spread to. Many of the earliest saints were repurposed pagan gods and goddesses. Spreading a veneer of Christianity over the local pagan deities and holidays was one way of converting the masses with as little fuss as possible. Of course, if that didn't work, there was always conversion by sword.
Yup, followed the Roman example, as in Sulis/Minerva at the baths in Bath - much easier to get people converted if you draw parallels between their imaginary friends, or enemies, and your own.
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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2017, 01:10:10 PM »
BooksCatsEtc:
Someday a Xtian is going to have to explain to me exactly what eggs and bunnies have to do with Christ.


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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2017, 05:17:08 PM »
^^ hilarious!
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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2017, 09:25:57 PM »
All I can think about the xtians is "who gives a shit?" It's a fucking name. Get over it pussies.
But, uh...well there it is.
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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2017, 10:35:20 PM »
The Easter Bunny can be creepy sometimes.  :-\
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Always question all authorities because the authority you don't question is the most dangerous... except me, never question me.

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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2017, 07:33:22 AM »
Heh "Tesco sorry for Good Friday beer advert" | BBC



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Tesco "got it badly wrong" with the "crass" advert, Michael Wakelin, from the faculty of divinity at Cambridge University, told BBC 5 live Daily.

It was also a "decidedly poor way of treating such a holy day", said Mr Wakelin, a former head of BBC religious programmes.

"I'm sure there was no attempt to offend, I'm sure that wasn't in their mind.

"It is just religious illiteracy; ignorance if you like, around what religious people hold dear, and that is my main concern," he added.

Rev Coles said on Twitter that the advert "causes unnecessary offence to many. It didn't need to."

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Re: The War on Easter
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2017, 07:55:37 AM »
^ Good old Tesco, brains out of gear as usual!
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