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    Default The Passion of The Easter Bunny

    No passion for Easter Bunny at church show
    Children in audience watch as actor in rabbit costume whipped

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    Updated: 9:37 a.m. ET April 08, 2004

    GLASSPORT, Pa. - First, the Passion of the Christ. Now, the torment of the Easter Bunny?

    It may not have been as gruesome as Mel Gibson’s movie, but many parents and children got upset when a church trying to teach about Jesus’ crucifixion performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs.

    People who attended Saturday’s show at Glassport’s memorial stadium quoted performers as saying, “There is no Easter bunny,” and described the show as being a demonstration of how Jesus was crucified.

    Melissa Salzmann, who brought her 4-year-old son J.T., said the program was inappropriate for young children. “He was crying and asking me why the bunny was being whipped,” Salzmann said.

    Patty Bickerton, the youth minister at Glassport Assembly of God, said the performance wasn’t meant to be offensive. Bickerton portrayed the Easter rabbit and said she tried to act with a tone of irreverence.

    “The program was for all ages, not just the kids. We wanted to convey that Easter is not just about the Easter bunny, it is about Jesus Christ,” Bickerton said.

    Performers broke eggs meant for an Easter egg hunt and also portrayed a drunken man and a self-mutilating woman, said Jennifer Norelli-Burke, another parent who saw the show in Glassport, a community about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

    “It was very disturbing,” Norelli-Burke said. “I could not believe what I saw. It wasn’t anything I was expecting.”
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    Another case of religious fanaticism run amok...
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    Wow the Easter bunny has had a tough time lately... he got whipped on stage and then he and a buddy just got eaten by a bear in my neighborhood. Well not exactly THE easter bunny, but I guess this bear got sick of all the hype about bunnies and easter so he smashed the cage and ate them

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    Another case of religious fanaticism run amok...
    No doubt. I wonder if these fundies actually realize that they do more to damage their cause with stupid stunts like this, than to promote it. What next? Shall we put Santa before the firing squad, this winter??

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    Originally posted by ThNozzleman

    No doubt. I wonder if these fundies actually realize that they do more to damage their cause with stupid stunts like this, than to promote it. What next? Shall we put Santa before the firing squad, this winter??
    Don't give them any ideas!
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    That's just plain wrong. And then they wonder why so many children have traumatic social disorders.
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    Mock crucifixion, whippings, simulated self mutilation and more.
    Sound like some of the adult play partys I used to attend a few years ago. Of course the kids weren't allowed but one lady told us a funny story while at a party one evening-
    Her son came into her garage workshop and asked her if he could take a flogger to school. She asked him why he would want a flogger and he says that his teacher had been asking the students what their parents did for a living. Uh Oh. So he answered that his daddy was an electrician. The teacher asked if his mommy worked and he said yes. The teacher asked what his mommy did and he answered "She makes floggers." The teacher asked what a flogger was and the boy tried to describe one but finally decided just to ask mom for one to use as a sort of 'show-and-tell'. Needless to say this led to a discussion about how anytime he was asked what mommy did for a living the correct answer was to be 'she makes and sells hobby craft' not 'she makes floggers'. Something tells me that he would not have been crying like all the other kids in the audiance who watched the easter bunny being whiped.
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    Easter Bunny. Easter bonnet. Easter lilly. Easter eggs. Does anyone by chance know where these Easter icons came from? I'm sure at its inception, commercialism was not the reason.
    How did it ever get from a religious observance to Peeps?
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    We had a bit of a discussion on this last night after practice, and after I had related the story of what happened, the question of why we celebrate the Easter Bunny but seem to have forgotten the religious aspect of this holiday (which in Canada it is, both today - Friday and I will have Monday off too - gotta love a solid Gov't job eh LOL)cam to light.

    I was more than a little suprised when one of our members actually supported what the Church had done. Of course that is his opinion and I wont fault him for that... I just dont have to agree with it, and dont. I am not a religious person, but still there are some things that while there is a lesson to be presented, there are ways and then there are ways.. this was not it.
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    Easter Bunny. Easter bonnet. Easter lilly. Easter eggs. Does anyone by chance know where these Easter icons came from?
    As are most of our holiday icons, they are of ancient pagan rituals, namely, rebirth and fertility. Here is some reading on this:
    http://altreligion.about.com/cs/alchemy/a/mpreviss.htm
    http://www.easter-traditions.com/

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    they are of ancient pagan rituals, namely, rebirth and fertility
    Ya know, I always wondered where that expression came from:
    "THE RABBIT DIED"

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