"Easter" ban from school's egg hunt political madness

WHEN it comes to religious freedom, is it the Christian with the biggest target on their back now?

News from the US of an elementary school in Maddison, Alabama banning the word 'Easter' from the Easter egg hunt has left many parents, well, hopping mad.

Fox News reports Heritage Elementary School principal Lydia Davenport banished the word for the sake of religious diversity.

Now this principal is no dummy.

In 2010, she won Alabama National Distinguished Principal of the Year.

But you have to question her wisdom in a country that prides itself on religious freedom and still has In God We Trust on its currency.

Ms Davenport has told US media she banned the word after receiving a complaint from a parent in the past.

So let's get this straight - one or two complain - and the rights of the majority are obliterated.

In Australia, a sizeable chunk of the Australian population regard themselves as following one brand of the Christian faith or another.

Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of us across the country will mark Christ's sacrifice by attending Easter church services.

Children, of all ages, have just as much right to hear about Christianity as any other faith.

Multiculturalism should be about ensuring we have tolerance for all - including Christianity.

If we start censoring Christians during their most sacred time, are we going to do the same for Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists?

Ms Davenport says the Heritage Elementary School is 'just trying to make sure we respect and honour everybody's differences'.

"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," she told the television station.

How about honouring and respecting the heritage of the Christian faith which is still supported by the majority of parents.

And let's not lose sight of the fact that there is nothing particularly Christian about an Easter bunny.

As one parent wrote in to the local station: "I don't get upset about too many things, but this upsets me."

"Even non-believers enjoy a good egg hunt. Kids need to enjoy being kids."

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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