We’ve all grown used to the yearly claims that there is a massive War on Christmas waged by the nasty secularists forcing Christ out of the season and the God out of the public square. However, a War on Easter? That’s definitely not something many have encountered.
Yet that is what is allegedly being waged in Wisconsin, where a battle of displays at the capital in Madison have Christian groups crying foul.
The issue began when Concerned Women for America’s Wisconsin branch decided to place a cross and conservative and anti-choice literature up in the state capitol to celebrate Easter, according to Fox News. Unhappy with a religious display in a public, taxpayer funded area ó especially a display that only endorsed Christianity ó Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation put up their own sign to tweak the CWA supporters.
“Nobody died for our sins. Jesus Christ is a myth,” read the atheist group’s sign.
ďItís unfortunate to see a sectarian symbol that is increasingly used as a symbol of political intimidation in our state capitol,Ē Freedom From Religion Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement to explain their own “display.”† ďItís also unfortunate to see women serving as a front for a patriarchal religion based on womenís subservience and second-class status. This is the same group that helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment citing its allegiance to biblical principles, instead of civil liberties under our secular government.”
The new sign didn’t make it long at the capitol, however, before it ran into some resistance of its own. ďA man wrested [the] foamboard sign, which was securely taped to an easel, and violently mangled it in front of passersby. Capitol security was quickly summoned and gave chase, but the vandal got away,Ē The Blaze reports the FFRF stating on their website.
The sign still stands in the capitol, despite its now battle-weathered appearance. The FFRF has also added a note to the display, which reads, “Somebody, presumably somebody who disagreed with our message, tried to destroy our sign. Apparently, this person believes the Capitol is a public forum for Christianity only. If you donít think religious messages should be displayed on government property, join the club! We donít think they should be, either. But as long as religious groups use the Capitol to proselytize, FFRF has a right to respond to their message.”
“Religion is divisive,” the note concludes. “It belongs in churches, not the State Capitol. Keep religion out of government.”
Although the Wisconsin capitol has become the major forefront of the War on Easter, it isn’t the only battle out there. According to New Hound, Fox News also tried to stoke a “War on Easter” fight in Detroit, where they declared that Muslims hate Easter egg hunts and won’t let small children participate.
The real story? Some families weren’t comfortable with the idea of a church handing out flyers about one of their events to children at their public school. “[Parent Majed] Moughni said heís concerned about ‘using school teachers paid by public funds … to pass out these flyers that are being distributed by a church. I think thatís a serious violation of separation of church and state,’Ē reports the Detroit Free Press.
Religious displays promoting one specific religion being frowned on in the capitol? Churches admonished for recruiting at public schools? I can see how opposing these things must mean there is a War on Easter being waged.
Now, just be sure to wake me up so I don’t miss the War on the Fourth of July.
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