Happy Easter, y'all. No, I didn't submit the wrong column for this week. It is Easter. The Christian calendar is made up of seasons, not isolated days, and until the Pentecost season begins on May 19, it is Easter.
That being said, let's move on to these controversial "religious" activities called Easter egg hunts which took place during the season of Lent. Funny, but all these people who are so enlightened when it comes to political correctness know nothing about the so-called religious practices they claim to be protesting.
Let's start with the word Easter, itself. The word comes from the Greek "Eos" and Latin "Aurora," both meaning dawn, and according to some authorities are also root words for "estrogen." From that, Anglo-Saxon pagans derived the name Eostre for their goddess of spring, honored with fertility symbols of rabbits and eggs. Not sure what any of that had to do with Jesus.
Anyway, so political correctums (since we're into Greek and Latin roots, "correctum" is a bona fide Latin noun) are protesting what is actually more of a secular than a religious activity (think county and city parks, etc.) The hunts are OK as I understand it. It's only that "Christian" word which is really pagan that offends them.
These pagan fertility symbols, eggs, chicks and rabbits, have nothing to do with the Christian observance of the most sacred and significant day of their year. In fact, the only place a rabbit is mentioned in the Bible is in Leviticus where it is declared unclean. The closest reference to a chick is in Matthew, referring to the rooster that crowed after Peter's third denial. Hardly the basis for the cute characters people associate with Easter.
As for egg, the word appears only once in the New Testament where it is suggested to be a more desirable choice than a scorpion. And of the six references in the Old Testament, one deals with the tastelessness of egg whites and two refer to the eggs of venomous snakes.
At least in Christmas tradition, Santa Claus is based on a real human being, St. Nicholas, who did indeed give gifts to poor children. And his gesture, some scholars say, was influenced by the gifts of the wise men -- also real live human beings who were in fact mentioned in the Bible. But smiling rabbits hopping around carrying baskets full of dyed eggs?
I have an idea that just might make everybody happy. Why don't we go ahead and remove both pagan and Christian association with these activities and just say spring egg hunt and spring Bunny.
And at the same time, let's change the name of Easter Sunday to Resurrection Sunday and use the proper word to celebrate the event that defines Christianity.
And in the meantime, from now until Pentecost (unless my suggestion goes into effect before then,) Happy Easter!
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.