One might wonder what the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter Bunnies and Christian Terrorists have in common. The connection is politically correct public schools or PCPS. The tale begins in Rhode Island. A craft fair was scheduled to be held at the Tiverton Middle School in Tiverton, RI, on Saturday, April 7. The Easter Bunny was scheduled to make an appearance at the fair but the district Superintendent was concerned that the Easter Bunny’s visit is “too Christian” and may offend people with other “backgrounds and traditions.” He insisted that the Easter Bunny be renamed Peter Rabbit. What he didn’t realize is that the Easter Bunny and colored eggs have no connection whatsoever to Christianity or the Resurrection of Christ, but have pagan origination, the bunny being the pet of the Goddess Eostre or Ostara . The point here is not to take a position for or against bunny rabbits and Easter Eggs but rather, to question the governmentally sanctioned squelching of a non-school event on school grounds – based on the suspicion that the event has Christian overtones.
But how does this relate to Christian Terrorists? Here again, the PCPS pushed the envelope. It is rare these days that a news program would even mention Islam in connection with the word terrorist. The television program 24 is pointedly about terrorism, yet portrays the Muslim terrorists as unwitting dupes of rich white Americans (most likely of the evil Evangelical & Republican variety) and/or Soviet loyalists. Even so, schools are becoming concerned about terrorism and hostage situations. In order to prepare students for this chilling possibility, a New Jersey School Stages Practice Hostage Drill – Portrays Killers as Fundamentalist Christians.
The school superintendent, Chris Manno, explained that his desire was to make the drill feel as real as possible. He enlisted the aid of two local policemen to carry out the drill. County police as well as emergency response personnel were dispatched as part of the exercise. The pretext was:
The drill organizers explained that the supposedly Christian gunmen “went to the school seeking justice because the daughter of one had been expelled for praying before class.”
Can you even imagine the absurdity of this? I suppose I can understand why he wouldn’t have wanted to identify the would-be terrorists as Muslims. After all, there is a possibility that some radical Muslims may become offended and storm the school and take hostages in protest! But why identify the “terrorists” as fundamentalist Christians, rather than say, irate ACLU “activists” who perhaps stormed the school and took hostages to protest the school allowing a visit from the Easter Bunny? (Think about it – colored egg hunts, and the annual consumption of chocolate bunnies may cause innocent children to identify the erstwhile Bunny as a Christian symbol and perhaps convert to Christianity in droves). But no, the school could not very well imply that the ACLU might engage in terrorism, since that would be insensitive and might result in the terrorizing of Chris Manno with a big ACLU lawsuit! No, it is much safer to paint the terrorists as gun toting Evangelicals. And if some Jesus freaks are offended or get their feelings hurt, so what?
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; “ (Matthew 5:44)