Move Over War on Christmas – It’s Unholy War on Easter Time!

This is Ann Kooiman NOT turning the other cheek
This is Ann Kooiman NOT turning the other cheek
So it’s Easter Sunday. Happy Easter to my Christian friends. Happy Ostara to my Pagan friends. Happy Sunday to my atheist friends.

Apparently, I’ve been a bad boy because rather than participate in Christian belief, I have, like so many others, gone my own way. Or so I learned from Fox & Friends’ Anna Kooiman on April 18. It turns out that if you express your own opinion, and it does not match the “accepted” opinion, you are a hater and an enemy of religious freedom. They didn’t have to mention little old me by name. I know who I am. What I did.

This is bad. I mean, these are some very angry aberrochristians and they are not about to turn the other cheek when they can lie and whine and hate instead, you know, like Jesus did…oh wait… Um, well…anyway, the War on Christmas is just a war, but the war on Easter is an “unholy” war!:

The Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist group that already posted an anti-Easter sign in the Wisconsin state capital, is now erecting a massive display in Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Two eight-foot banners featuring Thomas Jefferson and President John Adams promoting the secular views of our founding fathers.

Oh no, somebody expressing a belief the Religious Right does not approve of! Oh no! That’s can’t be allowed! That’s hateful! C’mon, deep down inside, you always knew facts were hateful things, didn’t you? Don’t play ignorant.

One banner reads “In reason we trust”, the other will say “Keep state and religion separate.” The exhibit, aimed at countering the Jesus in Daley Plaza displaying a display that is going on today or going up today, it’s been going on for eight years there in Chicago, it’ll feature a nineteen foot tall cross and a 10-foot tall image of the resurrected Jesus. Has Easter evolved into an occasion to demean religious beliefs and Christianity?

As for the first, what’s wrong with that? As for the second, that’s what the First Amendment says when it forbids establishment of a state religion. As face-palm moments go, this one ranks right up there.

One of Kooiman’s guests, Faith and Freedom Foundation Deputy National Field Director Virginia Galloway, late compared reason signs to “God hates fags” signs: “They have a right to express their opinion, a Constitutional right…” but, she said, “It seems without class, like the Westboro crowd and the things that they did.”

The alleged War on Easter isn’t a new development, of course. Neither is Fox News’ religious bigotry. In 2006 Bill O’Reilly claimed to have actually prevented a war on Easter. It wasn’t long before his tune changed. World Net Daily asked where all the Easter parades had gone in 2011. Sean Hannity complained about the “war on Easter” that same year, as did Fox & Friends, and Bill-O is now claiming that the Religious Right won the war on Christmas and that the left has moved on to a war on Easter:

O’REILLY: More evidence that Judeo-Christian tradition is under attack in America. That is the subject of this evening’s Talking Points Memo. If you watch the Factor, you know that we won the “War on Christmas” battle. A few years ago some American companies ordered their employees not to say “Merry Christmas.” Remember that? We presented the facts to you, you told the stores you wouldn’t buy there. The crazy edict was quickly rescinded. Power to the people. But the war on Judeo-Christian tradition continues on in some public school districts. In 10 days it will be Easter Sunday. But in some schools you are not allowed to say the word “Easter.” On Long Island, the East Meadow school district, holding a Spring egg hunt — not Easter eggs, Spring eggs. Same thing in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Manhattan Beach, California. Flat Rock Elementary School in South Carolina, and a school district in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. No Easter. They are having Spring egg events. Moderated by a Spring bunny, at least in San Diego. I know it’s stupid. You know it’s stupid. But it’s happening, and there is a reason why it’s happening. Secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White House. They feel unchained, liberated and they are trying to diminish any form of religion. The goal is to marginalize religious opposition to secular programs. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 3/21/13]

Secular progressives running wild! Feeling unchained! He makes liberty sound truly horrible. And no surprise, since the Religious Right hates liberty like nothing else. Let’s face it, there is no reason to say the word “Easter” in schools unless you are going to call the holy days of other religions by their name in schools. You know, equal time. After all, other religions do exist [*gasp!*].

And unlike Christians, I have no objection to my child learning what Christians think Easter is if he also gets to learn about the holy days of other religions, and about what atheists believe and don’t believe. It’s called E-D-U-C-A-T-I-O-N. The study of comparative religions. It’s called understanding the world around you. Ignorance breeds fear; fear, as Yoda will tell you, breeds hate. You can tell there is a whole lotta ignorance over there at Fox News.

But education isn’t what the Religious Right wants. They want our children indoctrinated in Christianity. They want school prayer and when they say school prayer they mean Christian prayer, Godd*mmit. They want to be the only people allowed to express their religion in the public sphere. And if you fail to go along with that, you’re a hater and waging a war on Christianity and it’s holy days.

A world where people actually get to believe what they want and express that belief is inconceivable to them.

So be it. War it is. A war for true religious liberty. A war against the fascism of the Religious Right. A war against the superstition of the 13th century. A war for science and a fact-filled cosmos. A war for our future. That’s what it comes down to anyway and we might as well be open about it.

But it’s not a war on Christmas, and it’s not a war on Easter. It’s a war to give the rest of us the freedom to divorce ourselves from what passes for Christianity on the Religious Right. Nowhere does the Constitution say the rest of us have to go along with them when they celebrate Easter and Christmas or anything else (and why are they so hot about Christmas and Easter when they really don’t give a fig about Jesus and his teachings?). We have just as much right on those days to celebrate the things we believe in.

That’s what religious freedom is. And that is what atheists are exercising when they carry signs that say “reason” instead of “faith.” The new crusades have been launched not by a pope, but by Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, but they have the same end in mind, and look out anyone who gets in their way.

24 Replies to “Move Over War on Christmas – It’s Unholy War on Easter Time!”

  1. Watching that video was torturous. The woman they had representing the Fundies didn’t have a clue. She went straight to the, we are being attacked mode. She said something about wanting to lock them in a building. I agree with her on that one, with a couple of tall fences and concertina wire on the top.

  2. It’s so simple. It’s public property. Take it all down or make room for the other side. Why don’t they get that ? This is not rocket science.

  3. The real unholy alliance has been between the GOP and the religious right. Largely synced in the 1970’s and has congealed into a permanent state of angry, rigid paranoia and perpetually feeling like their the victims of some imaginary persecution.

    Nothing anybody else does will ever make them happy. Even if all of us liberals, atheists, Jews and pagans all went away they would never be happy.

    Deep in their souls they are unhappy. They worship a deity that threatens to smite them and send them to an unpleasant soul containment centre. The end timers are the worst. They are fatalistic, nihilistic and full of fear.

    They can never relax and enjoy life. They are convinced that this life is crap and their only release from it is the promise of paradise. That is a miserable mind set.

    Their best hope is to get away from this mind set by leaving these people behind.

  4. I do not believe in attacking christians on Easter. I think if they(the aliens) wanted a banner in Daily Plaza, it could have been put up year round and not just on Easter. Let the xtians have their holiday. Its no problem to me. However they(christians) must also encourage the Hindu and muslims to have their banners and celebrations as well. By encourage I mean keep their traps shut.

    Our schools are filling up with Indian and Asian children. The time of christian only in the schools is fast going the way of the dinos on Noahs ark. The time of the xtians only having public celebrations is going the same way. However I do not think (any)public religious celebrations should be hindered in any way by opposing beliefs.

    To me being an atheist doesnt mean to fight other religions. To me it means live and let live.However ALL sides must do it

  5. I do not believe this vulgar and gruesome display isgoing up in a public park in my native city. A creche scene is at least not frightening. A huge statue of a torturous public execution is not something little kids should be confronted with. It makes you wonder what they’re preparing them for.

  6. yep, nothin’ says i love jesus more than bunnies and candy… and if you say that its a pagan spring celebration of new life, you’re going to hell.

  7. Thanks, Fox channel, for the free advertising of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Happy 18th Anniversary!

  8. Makes sense.
    Late autumn is “faux war on Christmas” season, so it stands to reason that early spring would be “faux war on Easter” season.

  9. Emmm…I suspect you’re allowed to walk the streets on condition you take your meds. What happens when the judge finds out you haven’t?

  10. Thor says I don’t have to worry about Jesus. He has a big hammer. Jesus got nailed to a piece of wood. Just sayin’…

  11. “Fox News, the Devils News”, preaching hate and violence…the play book is predictable. Right before Arbor Day, the were making analogies between liberals and conservatives: killing babies :)and cutting down trees:(. Now earth day is coming up which if you read the bible, and are a true Christian, you would know that we the people are the caretakers of the earth. But greedy republicans and the Devil “fox news” has taken advantage of the religious community. Making taking care and caring about Mother Earth is bad and liberal. Let’s see if the promote earth day…..

  12. I agree but it’s hard to because you get the most basic of facts wrong repeatedly. That is not Kooiman it is Ainsley ( not sure of her last name)

  13. Their religion is dying, and it’s their own actions that are speeding it along. Nothing that non-Christians are capable of doing to religiosity in the US can match the damage they are doing to it themselves.

  14. More importantly Jason, I think its the fact that they will not have enough believers to go to war against the muslims. And that scares them to death. Simply becuase they want to use the final war to force jesus to come back and take them to heaven

  15. Certainly, Shiva. It sort of takes the shine off of a good old fashioned tent revival cum apocalypse when other people aren’t as excited about the end of the world as they are.

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