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Old 03-24-2006, 11:36 PM   #46
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Re: Re: The War On Easter

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i know people (Christians) who have nothing to do with the easter bunny (or easter eggs) because it spoils the true meaning of easter.
actually isn't the rabbit closer to the true meaning of easter than christianity?
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Old 03-24-2006, 11:48 PM   #47
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Let's make all government buildings a shade of gray. Then NO ONE can be offended (I think).
I guess you must celebrate every holiday in front of government buildings?

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I guess you must celebrate every holiday in front of government buildings?

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in a true americhristian nation, of course.
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I'm actually quite surprised that in the US, you don't get time off at Easter. We get Good Friday off in Canada. Considering how much more religious the country is, I never understood this.
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I'm actually quite surprised that in the US, you don't get time off at Easter. We get Good Friday off in Canada. Considering how much more religious the country is, I never understood this.
we don't have a national healthcare plan either. considering how much larger our gdp is compared to canada's it's quite a surprise.
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Is that how you normally decorate this time of year?
you should see what he does for Christmas!
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Let's make all government buildings a shade of gray. Then NO ONE can be offended (I think).
YES!!! All government buildings should be gray. Grey means no preconceptions!!!

That's how governments should govern...

I'm glad you understand.
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I'm actually quite surprised that in the US, you don't get time off at Easter. We get Good Friday off in Canada. Considering how much more religious the country is, I never understood this.
The only thing that gets in the way of religion is $$$$. Just look at our connections with Saudi Arabia.
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Shades of soviet scary grey block buildings in nbcrusader's post there. But then again, nobody actually paints the government buildings for any holiday.

Personally I'm against all modern architecture.
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It never ceases to amaze me that the first thing people do in these situations is ban something. No better way to incite hatred than to insinuate that something has to go because others of a different persuasion don't like it.

Imagine what a different world we could live in if, instead of stopping something for fear (and this is the big problem in most of these situations, FEAR) of upsetting others, we actually spoke to each other and came to an agreement that was mutually beneficial. How good would that be?

A classic example of this in action is where my parents live. On one side they have people from Egypt and the other people from Lebanon. (This is in sunny Sydney) Anyway, my parents are from N. Ireland and have been brought up as protestants. Though to paraphrase my mother, she doesn't believe in that s@#t. However, at Christmas time she celebrates what I believe Christmas is all about, peace and goodwill (though she pretty much does this all year round just more so at Christmas). Anyway, her neighbours are religious and their religions celebrate Christmas on a different day. It may surprise you to know that on each of these people's "christmas's" they all celebrate part of the day together.

Why is this so hard? Why can't people be more tolerant of each others customs and beliefs? Instead of being insular and exclusive why not be broadminded and inclusive?

Does it matter what god we acknowledge?
Does it matter if we celebrate Easter with fluffy bunnies (or in my case Bilby's?)

I wonder what would happen if, instead of hiding away all the Easter tradition, we smiled at someone (no matter what creed they were) and offered them a gift of easter in the spirit that Easter is intended?
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Nice post Tania. It helps to respect differences, but it's not all about celebrating differences. We should all be able to celebrate the things we have in common as well. Easter is a time of celebrating fertiility and spring in general. In Muslim Turkey they have a spring festival. I forget the name of it, but certainly one is supposed to be celebrating the time of year. If one presented someone with a flower on the first day of spring or right around the beginning of spring in Turkey it would be accepted with joy and gratitude.
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The U.S. Constitution declares freedom of religion

not freedom from religion.


As a Christian, I see other religions represented where I live,
but this does not offend me.
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The U.S. Constitution declares freedom of religion

not freedom from religion.


As a Christian, I see other religions represented where I live,
but this does not offend me.
One of the weakest arguments I've seen. And I see this phrase all the time.

Have you seen these other religions in government buildings?
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