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(Times of San Diego)   California County Renames Easter Bunny as 'Spring Bunny' for its Parks' Egg Hunt Promotion   (timesofsandiego.com) divider line 127
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2014-04-10 06:34:36 PM
Get over yourselves, folks.
 
2014-04-10 06:38:19 PM
I would have gone with Hare of the God
 
2014-04-10 06:40:12 PM
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More accurate.
 
2014-04-10 06:41:43 PM
Happy Holidays!

Hey...it applies to all holidays, not just the ones in December.
 
2014-04-10 08:09:16 PM
I guess they didn't want the symbol of fertility named after a pagan goddess.
 
2014-04-10 08:34:27 PM
Then go to a church where you can you lie to kids about a magical bunny that leaves candy filled plastic eggs strewn about to celebrate a man being born from a woman and an apparition that was killed then resurrected

Problem solved
 
2014-04-10 09:02:40 PM
So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.
 
2014-04-10 09:11:07 PM
"He's blushing! Wednesday, my sweet, you brought me a blusher. How perfectly wonderful of you. What's he called?"
 
2014-04-10 09:37:56 PM
Jebus people, Easter can be viewed as a secular holiday these days, I don't remember a pastel egg laying bunny in the bible.

Grow up.
 
2014-04-10 09:38:15 PM
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timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.


... the rabbit is a christian symbol?
 
2014-04-10 09:38:36 PM
Actually it shows a lot more sensitivity towards the general population, not all of whom are Christian.
 
2014-04-10 09:40:44 PM
So, when did offending people become such a moral crime that we have to turn everything into something neutral so it looses all meaning? Are we sanitizing our lives to the point that we erase our history and leave nothing for the future?
 
2014-04-10 09:41:03 PM

studebaker hoch: Actually it shows a lot more sensitivity towards the general population, not all of whom are Christian.


Acknowledging that some people might not be Christian, and letting them enjoy holidays that Christians have claimed as 'theirs' (despite lacking almost any ties to the actual Christian faith)  is persecution!
 
2014-04-10 09:41:13 PM
Maybe they lay spring rolls.
 
2014-04-10 09:41:23 PM
Considering how the rabbit is more tied to the spring festival than the Christian holiday, that seems about right.

/We'll just leave out how the name "Easter" has the same problem.
 
2014-04-10 09:41:30 PM

Yogimus: I catimujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

... the rabbit is a christian symbol?


The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday.  When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year.  We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents.  So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.
 
2014-04-10 09:42:23 PM

Active introvert: So, when did offending people become such a moral crime that we have to turn everything into something neutral so it looses all meaning? Are we sanitizing our lives to the point that we erase our history and leave nothing for the future?


Fun fact! The "rabbits for the spring festival" idea predates Christianity, so we're actually going back to our history with this move!
 
2014-04-10 09:42:29 PM
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2014-04-10 09:43:28 PM
Now is this a concealed-carry event?
 
2014-04-10 09:43:51 PM

Active introvert: So, when did offending people become such a moral crime that we have to turn everything into something neutral so it looses all meaning? Are we sanitizing our lives to the point that we erase our history and leave nothing for the future?

If you don't like it princess there is always Iran.
 
2014-04-10 09:43:55 PM
This is absolutely shocking! I mean, who'd have expected them to use English to name it instead of Spanish?

/bad joke; sorry
 
2014-04-10 09:43:58 PM
timujin:
The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday.  When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year.  We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents.  So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.

I guess it depends on what flavor of Christian you were raised.  I was raised Catholic, and bunnies and eggs have fark all to do with Christ's resurrection.

It sounds weird to my ear, but I have trouble taking offense at the renaming.  It never had anything to do with Jesus and if they rename it, they can make it more inclusive to other kids to come root around for their plastic eggs full of candy.
 
2014-04-10 09:44:03 PM

Active introvert: So, when did offending people become such a moral crime that we have to turn everything into something neutral so it looses all meaning? Are we sanitizing our lives to the point that we erase our history and leave nothing for the future?


Secular kids have been enjoying Easter for ages. It hasn't been an exclusively Christian thing for ages, and the 'celebrations' (ie: egg hunts, chocolate-gorging, and the other actual fun parts) haven't ever had any actual ties to Christianity.
 
2014-04-10 09:44:19 PM

timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.


Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.
 
2014-04-10 09:44:40 PM
The kids aren't going to be fooled.
 
2014-04-10 09:44:41 PM

Active introvert: So, when did offending people become such a moral crime that we have to turn everything into something neutral so it looses all meaning? Are we sanitizing our lives to the point that we erase our history and leave nothing for the future?


You're absolutely right, they should be able to call it the "Spring Bunny" without worrying about offending someone.
 
2014-04-10 09:44:51 PM
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Soon.
 
2014-04-10 09:46:22 PM

Yogimus: I catimujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

... the rabbit is a christian symbol?


It was a widdle bunny who went into the cave with Dead Jebus Body and brought him back to life with fluffy snuggles.

So you see, without bunnies, Christ would never have ascended to heaven and the deliverance of mankind would have been eternally lost.
 
2014-04-10 09:46:29 PM
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2014-04-10 09:46:39 PM

Delay: timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.


rather than retype, I'll just copypasta what I wrote above:
The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday.  When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year.  We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents.  So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.

/Santa Claus isn't in the New Testament, either
 
2014-04-10 09:50:08 PM
Unless there are multiple Spring Bunnies springing each other, I don't have a problem with this...

/Actually, a bunny fertility rite would be seasonal
//But not child-friendly
 
2014-04-10 09:50:41 PM
I'm not offended by them renaming it. I'm offended by them renaming it so poorly.
 
2014-04-10 09:52:29 PM

DrBenway: I'm not offended by them renaming it. I'm offended by them renaming it so poorly.


I propose "Vern L. Bunny"
 
2014-04-10 09:53:24 PM

Delay: timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.


It's all about fertility; spring is when stuff comes back to life. Bunnies fark a lot and produce lots of eggs (new life).

You bury shiat and it rises back to life. Sometimes it's seeds that miraculously grow into crops. Other times it's Jesus who miraculously resurrects.
 
2014-04-10 09:56:10 PM

timujin: Delay: timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.

rather than retype, I'll just copypasta what I wrote above:
The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday.  When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year.  We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents.  So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.

/Santa Claus isn't in the New Testament, either


You're on the right track. Whether your church had an Easter egg hunt every year is not pertinent. The rabbit and egg were pagan symbols of the turning of winter to spring. This was widely viewed as a good thing and the season change was celebrated yearly according to documents written prior to Piers Plowman and the English conversion to Christianity.
 
2014-04-10 09:56:26 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Delay: timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.

It's all about fertility; spring is when stuff comes back to life. Bunnies fark a lot and produce lots of eggs (new life).

You bury shiat and it rises back to life. Sometimes it's seeds that miraculously grow into crops. Other times it's Jesus who miraculously resurrects.


I should say that bunnies represent a lot of farking and eggs represent the results of farking. Since mammals generally don't lay eggs. And I'm an idiot.
 
2014-04-10 09:57:16 PM

Kiwimann: timujin:
The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday.  When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year.  We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents.  So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.

I guess it depends on what flavor of Christian you were raised.  I was raised Catholic, and bunnies and eggs have fark all to do with Christ's resurrection.

It sounds weird to my ear, but I have trouble taking offense at the renaming.  It never had anything to do with Jesus and if they rename it, they can make it more inclusive to other kids to come root around for their plastic eggs full of candy.


Yeah, I was raised Protestant.  Funny thing is, they think all the symbolism and pageantry of the Catholic church is unchristian.  Don't even get them started on the man with the funny hat.
 
2014-04-10 09:58:53 PM
And kids eat chocolate eggs, because of the color of the chocolate, and the color of the...wood on the cross. Well, you tell me! It's got nothing to do with it, has it! You know, people going:
"Remember kids," to the kids who're eating the chocolate eggs, "Jesus died for your sins."
"Yeah, I know, it's great!"
"No, no no, it's bad, it's bad!"
"No, it's bad! It's very bad. It's terrible! Whatever you want, I mean - just keep giving me these eggs."
And the bunny rabbits! Where do they come into the crucifixion? There were no bunny rabbits up on the hill going, "Hey you --what, are you going to put those crosses in our warrens? We live below this hill, all right?" Bunny rabbits are for shagging, eggs are for fertility. It's a festival - it's the spring festival!
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2014-04-10 09:59:03 PM
timujin

Yogimus: I catimujin: So? I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

... the rabbit is a christian symbol?

The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday. When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year. We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents. So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.


Appeal to tradition.  Ten yard penalty and loss of argument.

Next you're going to say that the Holiday Tree, chosen from species that remained green through the longest night of the year, is a Christian symbol?

Really?

How about Santa Claus?  Also Christian?  And not an advertising device created to sell an iced summertime drink in the middle of winter?

If any of this stuff is Christian, it should be in the Bible, right?
 
2014-04-10 10:00:03 PM

AliceBToklasLives: AliceBToklasLives: Delay: timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.

It's all about fertility; spring is when stuff comes back to life. Bunnies fark a lot and produce lots of eggs (new life).

You bury shiat and it rises back to life. Sometimes it's seeds that miraculously grow into crops. Other times it's Jesus who miraculously resurrects.

I should say that bunnies represent a lot of farking and eggs represent the results of farking. Since mammals generally don't lay eggs. And I'm an idiot.


From some old texts I do not want to dig out, the egg represented a lifeless rock and with Spring, the egg hatched and came to life.
 
2014-04-10 10:01:59 PM

timujin: Delay: timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.

rather than retype, I'll just copypasta what I wrote above:
The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday.  When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year.  We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents.  So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.

/Santa Claus isn't in the New Testament, either


No. Egg hunts are something that happens at Easter, but are not remotely religious. Not once in all my years of various denominational churches I've attended have I ever heard anything about the bunny or eggs at church. Aside from "we are having an egg hunt." Never used in any sermons or teaching.

/not christian
//raised one
///still call it Easter
 
2014-04-10 10:03:11 PM

Delay: timujin: Delay: timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.

rather than retype, I'll just copypasta what I wrote above:
The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday.  When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year.  We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents.  So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.

/Santa Claus isn't in the New Testament, either

You're on the right track. Whether your church had an Easter egg hunt every year is not pertinent. The rabbit and egg were pagan symbols of the turning of winter to spring. This was widely viewed as a good thing and the season change was celebrated yearly according to documents written prior to Piers Plowman and the English conversion to Christianity.


I am aware of why the rabbit was taken as a symbol, but that has little to do with how it's used now.  This goes to your comment that I "use the New Testament", which these days only serves as a place to pick-and-choose your own flavor of Christianity and represents just a part of the traditions of any particular branch.  Santa Claus, Jesus, the Easter Bunny, whatever it takes to keep the flock in line.
 
2014-04-10 10:06:02 PM

studebaker hoch: timujin

Yogimus: I catimujin: So? I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

... the rabbit is a christian symbol?

The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday. When I was a kid, my church had an Easter egg hunt every year. We'd color pictures of the Easter bunny to take home to our parents. So, yeah, I'd say it's a Christian symbol.

Appeal to tradition.  Ten yard penalty and loss of argument.

Next you're going to say that the Holiday Tree, chosen from species that remained green through the longest night of the year, is a Christian symbol?

Really?

How about Santa Claus?  Also Christian?  And not an advertising device created to sell an iced summertime drink in the middle of winter?

If any of this stuff is Christian, it should be in the Bible, right?


What Christianity started off as and what it is now are very different things.  So, yeah, the tree, the fat dude in the red suit, that very confused egg laying rabbit, all of them are now used as symbols of Christianity.  The religion didn't get codified in the fifth century and then just stop, it has evolved into whatever is necessary to keep butts in the pews.
 
2014-04-10 10:11:33 PM
I wish Muslims or Jews had some holidays we could shiat on.

And so what if there are no bunnies in the Bible?  Who cares?  Christians have a lot of shiat that's not in the "Good Book" and ignore a lot of things that are in it too.

Grow up, people. This may not be a "Christian nation", but that religion is a huge part of our cultuire.
 
2014-04-10 10:16:02 PM

timujin: The rabbit and the eggs are used as symbols of Easter, a Christian holiday


Rabbits aren't even kosher.
 
2014-04-10 10:16:36 PM
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2014-04-10 10:16:47 PM

gfid: I wish Muslims or Jews had some holidays we could shiat on.

And so what if there are no bunnies in the Bible?  Who cares?  Christians have a lot of shiat that's not in the "Good Book" and ignore a lot of things that are in it too.

Grow up, people. This may not be a "Christian nation", but that religion is a huge part of our cultuire.


You'll get over it. Or maybe you'll bomb a federal building or send a letter bomb to a judge. Who knows
 
2014-04-10 10:17:21 PM

Delay: AliceBToklasLives: AliceBToklasLives: Delay: timujin: So?  I do hope anyone complaining about this realizes the rabbit was a pagan symbol long before it was a Christian one.

Uh. An Easter rabbit a is Christian symbol? Citation needed. And, please use the New Testament.

It's all about fertility; spring is when stuff comes back to life. Bunnies fark a lot and produce lots of eggs (new life).

You bury shiat and it rises back to life. Sometimes it's seeds that miraculously grow into crops. Other times it's Jesus who miraculously resurrects.

I should say that bunnies represent a lot of farking and eggs represent the results of farking. Since mammals generally don't lay eggs. And I'm an idiot.

From some old texts I do not want to dig out, the egg represented a lifeless rock and with Spring, the egg hatched and came to life.


That sounds about right. The egg's hatching is the resurrection of what was lifeless.

I suspect a lot of these symbols (egg/resurrection, rabbit/fertility, tree/cross, etc.) were a lot more intuitive for folks living in predominantly agricultural societies than they are to us urbanites.

Also until the Reformation the vast majority of Christians did not read the Bible and were (if literate) generally discouraged from doing so. Reclaimed 'pagan' traditions were far more 'Christian' to the average medieval Christian than Pauline theology.
 
2014-04-10 10:20:17 PM

Billy Liar: Now is this a concealed-carry event?


Where you choose to conceal your eggs is really nobody else's business.
 
2014-04-10 10:22:03 PM

gfid: I wish Muslims or Jews had some holidays we could shiat on.


As far as Judaism is concerned, Easter already does that to Passover, kinda by definition.
 
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