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Scoot: Respect for diversity and religious tradition

Freedom in America means freedom for all, not just for Christians.

A controversy surrounds a 19 ft. cross and a 10 ft. picture of the resurrected Christ in Chicago’s Daley Plaza this Easter weekend.  Atheist group Freedom From Religion has countered the Christian symbols with 8 ft. tall signs that focus on secularism.  One of the signs features a picture of Thomas Jefferson with the words, “In Reason We Trust.” The other sign features President John Adams with the words, “Keep State and Religion Separate.”

FOXNews.com gave the controversy the headline, “Unholy War on Easter.” FOX News has also promoted the idea that there is a “War on Christmas.” 

VIDEO: FOX News: Atheist group resurrects War on Easter

Christians should have a right to acknowledge their faith during Easter Week, or anytime for that matter. And atheists have a right to promote secularism. Freedom should not discriminate. As a Christian and an American, I am conflicted over the controversy. I respect the expression of Christian faith during religious traditions, but as an American, I respect the freedom others have to express views that differ from mine.

Let us not forget something we talk about often on “The Scoot Show” on WWL – the news media benefits from controversy. Even without the media coverage of atheists countering Christian views during Easter Week, there would be reaction, but the news media magnifies the controversy by finding guests who represent the situation in black and white terms. If we allow ourselves to get upset with a religious controversy – we need to realize that the news media is often motivated to deepen the controversy for the purpose of defining two distinct sides.

It is also important to step back and not allow the news media to brainwash us into thinking that the expression of atheist views robs us of our Christian faith – or any faith.  If the media coverage of atheist views in the face of Easter does impact your faith – I suggest that your faith may not have been that strong to begin with.

It is also fair to point out that atheists who wish to exercise their rights to freedom of expression should be respectful of Christians and other religions, and at the same time Christians should be respectful of the views they disagree with. But flaunting atheist views during Easter Week could be considered showing a lack of respect for others.

I celebrate America’s diversity and I appreciate our individual freedoms, but our respect for religious diversity is robbing us of wonderful religious traditions.

Last year, the Heritage Elementary School in Madison, Alabama has removed the word “Easter” from all Easter-related activities. Easter eggs became simply “eggs.” The Easter Bunny was just “the bunny.”

The school’s principal, Lydia Davenport, instructed her staff to no longer use the word “Easter” because it might be insensitive to others. Davenport said, “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. A bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit!”  Wow – what words of wisdom from a principal!

The attacks on celebrating Christmas and Halloween have been present for years, but the attack on Easter is a reminder that attempts to make America more sensitive are actually creating a soulless America.

Easter and Christmas have both religious and pagan roots, but until some people pointed that out, most of us distinguished between the religious and pagan aspects of both holidays.  Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ, has the tree, which is a pagan symbol. Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, has the bunny and the eggs.  It is possible to blend religious and pagan meanings, while also distinguishing between the two.

Acceptance of diversity in America should not mean that we dismiss the traditions that are part of the fabric of American society. Celebrating Christmas or Easter does not take away any individual’s right to recognize and celebrate their religious beliefs.  No one is denied their religious rights as a result of some religious-based celebrations and the mere celebration of Christian beliefs in schools or anywhere in public does not force religious beliefs on anyone.  Recognizing and celebrating a traditional religious date in America has gotten confused with an attempt to instill specific religious beliefs in others. 

I am a Christian and I love Easter and this time of year! Easter celebrates the joyous resurrection of Christ at a time when flowers, trees and life around us is resurrected from the winter.

In the case of Christians vs. atheists – both sides should show respect as they exercise their rights.

Happy Easter!


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04/18/2014 5:58PM
Scoot: Respect for diversity and religious tradition
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04/20/2014 2:20PM
Scoot is a two-bit pûnk that trashes women and spews HATE ...
what a joke.
04/20/2014 2:33PM
When Scoot was accused of being gay he went into a rage.
He was embarrassed. Scoot is a FRAUD when it comes to diversity. He is a typical moron.
04/20/2014 2:37PM
Self-righteous clowns like Scoot who preach diversity are really
just demanding that others endorse their deviant behavior.
04/20/2014 8:00PM
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04/21/2014 9:51AM
How funny!
All of these posts are obviously from the same angry person. You obviously don't know anything about Scoot. I doubt you even read his blogs. See help now!
04/22/2014 11:09AM
Liberals are full of envy an hate ...
you seen this in how they react to success. Rather than be excited for others when they achieve financial success they react with hate and envy and vote for politicians who promise to PUNISH these folks and take away their hard earned money.
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