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do you believe in the Easter Bunny?

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    There's a surprisingly large number of people who believe that Easter has always been a Christian celebration, oblivious to the fact that early Christians continued to celebrate Passover until the time of the council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.

    The TRUE origin of Easter stems from some ancient PAGAN celebrations, and there's a connection to Ham (the person) and eggs.

    As Paul Harvey used to say, here's the "rest of the story":

    http://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2014/04/do-you-believe-in-easter-bunny.html
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I was told some time ago that the tradition of Easter eggs being decorated stems from an old Germanic custom and that the eggs represented renewal, the bunny is supposed to represent fertility as rabbits reproduce so quickly and often
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I'm still lookin' for that Christian rabbit that lays eggs!
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: The TRUE origin of Easter stems from some ancient PAGAN celebrations, and there's a connection to Ham (the person) and eggs.
    Thanks for sharing, that guy. I've always found it fascinating that many Christian holidays mirror Pagan holidays and traditions. It was a pretty clever way to start a religion from scratch.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    No I don't believe in the large rabbit but some of my grandchildren still do. I just buy some candy to add to the already large piles.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    My wife surprised me and we had baked rabbit for Easter (stuffed with hard boiled eggs of course)! I prayed it wouldn't make me sick ;(
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: My wife surprised me and we had baked rabbit for Easter (stuffed with hard boiled eggs of course)! I prayed it wouldn't make me sick ;(
    I absolutely do not understand either X-Mas or Easter; both are "pagan" rituals; indeed the "churches took full advantage of that; I must say sometimes churches are smarter than our politicians in order to get attention. They are doing great right now and buying private jets; so the bussiness is good.
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    Dutch Wrote:
    pr Wrote: My wife surprised me and we had baked rabbit for Easter (stuffed with hard boiled eggs of course)! I prayed it wouldn't make me sick ;(
    I absolutely do not understand either X-Mas or Easter; both are "pagan" rituals; indeed the "churches took full advantage of that; I must say sometimes churches are smarter than our politicians in order to get attention. They are doing great right now and buying private jets; so the bussiness is good.
    I wouldn't expect that you would considering that you fashioned yourself as an unbeliever, and I also find it interesting that you only mention the negative part of the Church such as the airplanes and things that pseudo preachers seek but you omit the good things that people of all faiths do for the disadvantage around the World.
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    johnnycee Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote:
    pr Wrote: My wife surprised me and we had baked rabbit for Easter (stuffed with hard boiled eggs of course)! I prayed it wouldn't make me sick ;(
    I absolutely do not understand either X-Mas or Easter; both are "pagan" rituals; indeed the "churches took full advantage of that; I must say sometimes churches are smarter than our politicians in order to get attention. They are doing great right now and buying private jets; so the bussiness is good.
    I wouldn't expect that you would considering that you fashioned yourself as an unbeliever, and I also find it interesting that you only mention the negative part of the Church such as the airplanes and things that pseudo preachers seek but you omit the good things that people of all faiths do for the disadvantage around the World.
    I can't follow your last line: ......... but you omit the good things that people of all faiths do for the disadvantage around the World. Thus the "good" things are an "disadvantage" ; probably you are right this time!!! Sorry the "good" things don't weigh up to the "bad" things; ask ISIS. Religion is the curse of humanity, just look around you and smell the roses.
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    Ah, yes --- the smell of flowers, the grass beginning to grow again , the sky is more blue, the air is fresh with spring showers. The time of Renewal. After a cold dreary winter, the world opens its innocent eyes, to see we survived that long cold sleep, & are born again, to another New Year of Life. (It's a Miracle).

    Consider the Alternative: Entering the era of oil pollution, California drought, eternal war, the sinking of U.S. power, mass starvation, global warfare, world pandemics, (like Ebola), --- total destruction of mankind's existence, --- reduced to ashes. --- Where TOMORROW NEVER COMES....
  • Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote:
    pr Wrote: My wife surprised me and we had baked rabbit for Easter (stuffed with hard boiled eggs of course)! I prayed it wouldn't make me sick ;(
    I absolutely do not understand either X-Mas or Easter; both are "pagan" rituals; indeed the "churches took full advantage of that; I must say sometimes churches are smarter than our politicians in order to get attention. They are doing great right now and buying private jets; so the bussiness is good.
    I wouldn't expect that you would considering that you fashioned yourself as an unbeliever, and I also find it interesting that you only mention the negative part of the Church such as the airplanes and things that pseudo preachers seek but you omit the good things that people of all faiths do for the disadvantage around the World.
    I can't follow your last line: ......... but you omit the good things that people of all faiths do for the disadvantage around the World. Thus the "good" things are an "disadvantage" ; probably you are right this time!!! Sorry the "good" things don't weigh up to the "bad" things; ask ISIS. Religion is the curse of humanity, just look around you and smell the roses.
    Dutch, I don't mean to infer that it is an either or premise, but if you are gong to point out the bad in something and not allowing for the good, then you might lead some to believe that there is not any good to any religion.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: Sorry the "good" things don't weigh up to the "bad" things; ask ISIS. Religion is the curse of humanity, just look around you and smell the roses.
    I fully agree that the good things don't come close to outweighing the bad things. There are plenty of Christians out there who don't feel the need to force their religion down the throats of everyone else, but it's pretty obvious that there is also a big chunk of them who have no problem forcing everyone else to conform to their dogmatic ways and using the functions of a secular government to make that happen.

    I also agree that religion is the curse of humanity. It would be impossible to calculate the number of people who have died fighting for 'their god' throughout human history. I hope it was worth it for them because I have a strong feeling they were sorely disappointed once they breathed their final breath and realized that was it.

    Just think if we humans actually got rid of religion and started working together for the greater good of humanity instead of killing each other because one side thinks their book that was written by man is better than their adversaries book that was also written by man. Then maybe we could get rid of the Pagan and Jewish traditions that were morphed into Christian traditions and just all get along. What a wonderful world it could be.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    What a wonderful world it could be ....

    few songs sum up the contrast between good and evil than this song from "Good morning Vietnam":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzFIDTs3WtI
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    eternal flame Wrote: Ah, yes --- the smell of flowers, the grass beginning to grow again , the sky is more blue, the air is fresh with spring showers. The time of Renewal. After a cold dreary winter, the world opens its innocent eyes, to see we survived that long cold sleep, & are born again, to another New Year of Life. (It's a Miracle).

    Consider the Alternative: Entering the era of oil pollution, California drought, eternal war, the sinking of U.S. power, mass starvation, global warfare, world pandemics, (like Ebola), --- total destruction of mankind's existence, --- reduced to ashes. --- Where TOMORROW NEVER COMES....

    What me worry??
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: Sorry the "good" things don't weigh up to the "bad" things; ask ISIS. Religion is the curse of humanity, just look around you and smell the roses.
    I fully agree that the good things don't come close to outweighing the bad things. There are plenty of Christians out there who don't feel the need to force their religion down the throats of everyone else, but it's pretty obvious that there is also a big chunk of them who have no problem forcing everyone else to conform to their dogmatic ways and using the functions of a secular government to make that happen.

    I also agree that religion is the curse of humanity. It would be impossible to calculate the number of people who have died fighting for 'their god' throughout human history. I hope it was worth it for them because I have a strong feeling they were sorely disappointed once they breathed their final breath and realized that was it.

    Just think if we humans actually got rid of religion and started working together for the greater good of humanity instead of killing each other because one side thinks their book that was written by man is better than their adversaries book that was also written by man. Then maybe we could get rid of the Pagan and Jewish traditions that were morphed into Christian traditions and just all get along. What a wonderful world it could be.
    Jared exactly; yes indeed it would be a more livable world; but people still may want to kill their wife's ( just kidding)