Most folks recognize that Easter Egg hunts are rites of spring for children, not religious rituals.
But in at least one public school, the perceived risk of Christian indoctrination has overwhelmed tradition. Thus, the title of the charming spectacle — little ones frolicking hither and yon while trying to find hidden, brightly colored eggs — has been shortened at Heritage Elementary School in Madison, Ala.
By order of Principal Lydia Davenport, what formerly was known as the school’s Easter Egg Hunt is now known simply as the Egg Hunt — and the Easter Bunny will forthwith be known merely as Bunny.
Principal Davenport told Huntsville’s WHNT-TV: “We had in the past a parent to question us about some of the things we do here at school. So we’re just trying to make sure we respect and honor everybody’s differences.”
She added: “Kids love the bunny and we just make sure we don’t say ‘the Easter Bunny’ so that we don’t infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter Bunny to religion. A bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit.”
But calling an Easter Egg Hunt an Easter Egg Hunt is correctly identifying the activity — not forcing any religion on anybody.
Anyway, aren’t Easter Egg Hunts already confusing enough without silly notions about what is — and what isn’t — proselytizing?
For instance, rabbits, though remarkably prolific, don’t lay eggs.
Meanwhile, if you’re searching for logic in this latest case of alleged modern “tolerance” run amuck, good luck.
And happy Easter Egg hunting.