Muslim parents are complaining about flyers for Easter egg hunts


tay
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In Dearborn, Mich., home to over 40,000 Americans of Arab descent, some Muslim parents have complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an Easter egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church.

The Muslim parents assert that the flyers – emblazoned with the word “Eggstravaganza!” – violate the separation of church and state widely ascribed to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Students at three Dearborn elementary schools received the flyers. A large number of Muslim students attend the schools.

The “Eggstravaganza!” is scheduled to take place on April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn.

The flyer urges students to RSVP “to secure your free spot,” note the Free Press. The associated imagery includes a festive bunny and some eggs.

The event will feature a traditional Easter egg hunt as well as an egg toss and a relay race.

“It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni told the Free Press. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.”

Moughni added that he believes the flyers are “a serious violation of separation of church and state.” Noting that his kids had previously received something about a Halloween event at a church, he said he is worried that Christians are trying to convert Muslim kids through propaganda distributed at public schools.

The Muslim father of two kids, aged 9 and 7, said he would be equally opposed to the distribution of flyers about events at local mosques.

Pastor Neeta Nichols of Cherry Hill Presbyterian noted that the event has absolutely nothing to do with religion.

“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” she told the Free Press. “There is not a religious component to this event.”

Greg Lipper, a lawyer at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, proclaimed his concern that the flyer is advertising an Easter egg hunt that will occur at a church. In his view, “context matters”—and it matters even more when young kids are involved.

Easter eggs are a symbol many Christians use to celebrate the Christian holiday of Easter. In pagan religions, eggs represented fertility, birth and rebirth. More generally, they symbolize springtime. Kids typically tend to associate Easter eggs with candy and people in rabbit costumes.











Muslim parent upset over school flyer promoting church's Easter egg hunt | Detroit Free Press | freep.com (external - login to view)
 
B00Mer
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lone wolf
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Call 'em candy stones then....
 
Spade
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They have a point. Easter eggs are a pagan celebration of the Goddess Eostre. Public schools in the States should be separated from pagan rites.
Canada is officially pagan, so that complaint would not be valid here.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post


As opposed to peace loving Canadians

 
Twila
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If there was a true seperation would that not mean no religious effectations or affiliations? Or is it only advertising that should be kept seperate?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

As opposed to peace loving Canadians

Gee gerryh, are those Canadian stoning anyone... under Sharia law??



or hanging anyone for being homosexual??



I dunno, but tossing rocks through windows and looting ... vs stoning and hanging.. I think Islam BEATS Canada hands down.
 
shadowshiv
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“It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni told the Free Press. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.”

Yep, I'm positive the kid said that and not Majed Moughni himself.

Seriously, if something like this really bothers you that much, why don't you go somewhere that they don't have Easter Egg hunts. OR! You could just NOT go. It's not like the flyer says that they HAVE to go. Stop trying to piss in everyone's Cheerios (well, easter eggs in this case) with your oh-so-righteous indignation.



What are you talking about, Gerry? Clearly that is a barbecue, as you know that us Canadians do love ourselves a barbecue.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Separation of eggs and state?
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Separation of eggs and state?

Someone's pulling the yolk a little too hard.
 

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