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I read with interest a news story this week in which a St. Paul, Minn., official decided to outlaw the Easter Bunny because the furry creature might offend “non-Christians.”

I don’t know what’s more disturbing – that this guy believes the Easter Bunny actually has something to do with the Christian celebration of Easter or that he is part of a larger problem in which pompous officials jump on the politically correct bandwagon to eradicate all mention of religion (specifically Christianity) in public squares across our nation.

In this example, a toy rabbit, pastel-colored eggs and a sign with the words “Happy Easter” were removed from city council offices, the Associated Press reported.

Yeah, we sure wouldn’t want that artificial green grass and those colorful little eggs to alarm some innocent bystander who happens along.

Why, they might mistake those decorations as an endorsement of religion!

Don’t laugh – that’s about how ridiculous the modern anti-religious freedom movement has become. Groups like Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, American Atheists and the American Civil Liberties Union are working to fashion a sanitized, religion-free public square; these groups habitually deny and rewrite our nation’s history in order to enact their reprehensible agenda.

City leaders and education officials across this country have been so duped by this effort that even the most negligible reference to religion – or something as non-religious as the Easter Bunny that is perceived as religious – is outlawed.

In an unrelated event, earlier this week, in Wisconsin, a high school official canceled a so-called “diversity day” when it was learned that a group of Christians, including former homosexuals, wanted to present Bible-based perspectives on homosexuality.

Viroqua High School officials had planned to present the viewpoints of several religions – including Hmong (an Asian ethnic group), Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, African-Americans, homosexuals, Latinos, Buddhists, the physically disadvantaged and the economically disadvantaged – but not the views of Christians.

Diversity day?

Right.

When a school official reported that the viewpoints of Christians and former homosexuals would be excluded, a resident contacted the Orlando, Fla.-based Liberty Counsel on behalf of several concerned Viroqua residents.

Liberty Counsel attorneys then sent a letter to the district administrator, explaining that the censorship of Christians and former homosexuals violated the Establishment Clause and the 14th Amendment equal protection guarantee. After receiving no response, Liberty Counsel sent another letter a few days letter to the same official and the board of education.

Two days later, the diversity day event was canceled.

This is a clear example of how anti-Christian many local officials have become.

There are untold thousands of former homosexuals (or ex-gays) in our nation who are flourishing in their new lives. But they are shunned as if they have the plague because they don’t fit into the “diversity” of the so-called mainstream.

Mathew D. Staver, president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel, said of the case, “This is yet another attempt to indoctrinate our youth with the harmful message that homosexuals cannot change. While touting the message of tolerance, homosexual activists refuse to be tolerant of opposing viewpoints. Our youth deserve to know the truth about homosexuality – that people can choose to overcome same-sex attractions and that acting on those attractions results in devastating physical, mental, and spiritual consequences.”

I have no doubt that the same officials who want to disallow all Christian expression on campuses or in public squares would at the same time have no problem with promoting “The Da Vinci Code,” or some other book or movie that disparages Jesus Christ.

There is no level playing field when it comes to the religious freedoms of conservative people of faith. We are literally viewed as second-class citizens by many in leadership in this nation.



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