April 20, 2019

The right to display lingerie-clad Easter bunnies tested in New Jersey

David MenziesMission Specialist

As Easter is upon us, I must confess: when I think of the resurrection of Christ, I think of lingerie-clad mannequins in bunny ears. Well, not really.

Dentist Wayne Gangi in New Jersey decided to mark the occasion with mannequins decked out in frilly ladies' unmentionables in a display that's closer to Hugh Hefner than one normally expects to see.

And one woman, Desiree Shepstone, is now in trouble with the law after removing the bunnies in an effort to keep the sight away from her 16-year-old son.

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commented 2019-04-23 22:36:37 -0400
Andrew, So what? As I said (and you are ignoring to make some dubious point) Christianity originated from the Jewish Passover. What various other groups did in Europe many miles away is irrelevant. They didn’t appropriate anything. The Catholic Church has always been very syncretistic and blended local customs into their faith. Hence the sun rays emanating from the Lithuanian crosses.

The bunny thing is the world’s thing-not the Church’s. If any appropriation has been going on it is among atheists and agnostics.

As the I stated, Easter has been a Christian thing for the last few thousand years. Pagans are still keeping their rites of spring.
commented 2019-04-23 10:12:39 -0400
Passover bunny? The date formula is modified from the Passover formula (inconsistently so, see erratic discrepancy between Gregorian and Julian-calendar Easters) but that’s not exclusive of the Pagan influences left over from appropriating someone else’s holiday.
commented 2019-04-22 23:45:54 -0400
Easter still originated in Passover. A quick read will point that out.
commented 2019-04-22 21:52:17 -0400
Al Peterson commented 23 hours ago
ANDREW STEPHENSON
It’s also why Easter floats with the lunar cycle rather than falling on a fixed date.
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Not really. There is always an attempt to denigrate Easter by connecting it to paganism but the reality it connected to Passover as a brief reading of the Bible will point out. "

There’s a strong pressure from within a given religion to attribute its traditions to its own devices, as mythological consistency is crucial to the spread of religion, with the results that the central mythologies are not above fudging or deliberate vagueness to create that consistency. Whether an impartial observer buys what they’re selling is a separate matter entirely.
commented 2019-04-21 22:44:50 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON
It’s also why Easter floats with the lunar cycle rather than falling on a fixed date.
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Not really. There is always an attempt to denigrate Easter by connecting it to paganism but the reality it connected to Passover as a brief reading of the Bible will point out.

“Passover for the year 2019 starts on Saturday, April 20th and ends the 7 day holiday on Friday, April 26th. Because the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, the holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day on the evening of Friday, April 19th. "

Hence Good Friday.
https://www.calendardate.com/passover_2019.htm

Regardless of what other religions used the lunar calendar or had rites of spring Easter has been predominantly Christian for the last 1000 years or more. Bunnies, candy and flowers are simply the World’s attempt to quash the true significance of Jesus dying for the sins of all people of the world. Just like what has happened with Christmas.

Unbelievers like the celebration but not the significance of it so they turn it into a drunk-a-thon.
commented 2019-04-21 21:01:50 -0400
Since the rebel is at the cathedral they can just drive 500km north and be in on this cultural mayhem …….
To bad there is no sound but it makes you wonder how the cops kept their cool and shots weren’t fired. Should be common place here soon…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&v=UuUpmtFxL70
commented 2019-04-21 19:55:16 -0400
again, for some reason would not allow posting if http was added to link, copy/paste into your browser.
commented 2019-04-21 19:54:08 -0400
www.thesun.co.uk/news/8907637/sri-lanka-bombings-easter-sunday-attacks-british-mum-kids-killed-latest/
21st April 2019, 9:50 pm – Updated: 22nd April 2019, 12:41 am
EASTER MASSACRE Sri Lanka bombings – British mum and two kids feared among 207 killed by suicide bombers in Easter Sunday terror attacks Five Brits died in this morning’s explosions in three churches, four hotels and a block of flats in Colombo …

All of the six explosions this morning – as Christians attended Easter mass – were carried out by suicide bombers, according to initial investigations
It has emerged Sri Lanka’s police chief warned of suicide bombers planning to hit “prominent churches” 10 days before today’s attack
commented 2019-04-21 16:21:57 -0400
I am pleasantly surprised that The Rebel had multaple Scholars in Religious History.
commented 2019-04-21 15:26:43 -0400
EASTER: SORTING OUT CELEBRATIONS

Yes, freedom of speech and expression are important and must be protected. Even if I am offended, I will stand up for a person to express themselves. However, despite telling us the answer did not matter, David Menzies did ask an important question: “Does this lawn display celebrate or mock Easter?”

In a strange way, this display is refreshing. After all, the word Easter is just an English word for the goddess of sex, war and fertility: Ishtar. The earliest “Christians” were considered a rough sect of Judaism. In their minds, Jesus was crucified on Passover, put in the tomb on Unleavened Bread and rose on First Fruits. (These are often called “Jewish celebrations” and it’s important to know about them to make sense of Christian history).

So, how did these early believers in Jesus go from celebrating biblical holidays like Passover to celebrating Easter? In an attempt to unite the Roman empire, Emperor Constantine insisted upon the new holiday. Thus, a wider audience could be drawn in to the new Christianity. Unfortunately, this gave a mixed message. On the right we have a suffering and victorious Savior and on the left we have symbols of pagan fertility rights. What a mess.

At least a lawn display with Easter eggs, and mannequins dressed like playboy bunnies attempts to sort things out. Here is a pre-Christian picture of Easter in all her glory. Did you really think that Easter eggs and bunnies had anything to do with most influential Jewish person in history?

For Canuck Liberty I’m Aaron Malczewski
commented 2019-04-21 14:48:43 -0400
Ron Joseph:

“There is a Religious side to Easter and a commercial " made up" side which has nothing to do with Religion. This made up side includes eggs, bunnies, flowers, cakes ,turkeys and hams"

The eggs and bunnies are a remnant of the old pagan spring festival. Early Christianity spread by insinuating Christian elements into pre-existinng festivities, and never completely replaced them. It’s also why Easter floats with the lunar cycle rather than falling on a fixed date. Christmas was originally a pagan solstice festival, which is where the trees, lights, and gifts came from. Jesus wasn’t born in mid-winter (nor year zero in common-era numbering supposedly based on that event, for that matter).
commented 2019-04-21 00:56:37 -0400
Doreen Kranz commented 1 hour ago
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Doreen, I do not believe that the Menzies story or the comments had anything to do with the "Resurrection Of Christ ".
There is a Religious side to Easter and a commercial " made up" side which has nothing to do with Religion. This made up side includes eggs, bunnies, flowers, cakes ,turkeys and hams, and in this case mannequins. These made up items only remind people of Easter and therefore the sacrifice itself.
The mannequins are a different type of Bunnies, but neither are connected to the Religious part of Easter.
commented 2019-04-20 22:47:20 -0400
I usually like what you have to say David but mmmm not too happy with this one. While the person may have the right to say what they want it is just so disrespectful of what Christ did for us. Ever watch The Passion? The mother is clearly wrong to vandalize but I feel you are wrong not to have made the disrespect for the most precious gift God gave us, His Son, the most important part about this saga.
commented 2019-04-20 22:33:10 -0400
The mother was a Liberal and the mannequins were White Nationalists, so they had to be taken down.
commented 2019-04-20 19:05:28 -0400
Pretty sure vandalism is illegal. And it’s creepy for a 16 year old’s mother to be trying to protect him from … some mannequins, which are about as racy as a swimsuit display at Sears.
commented 2019-04-20 15:13:36 -0400
What’s wrong with Easter Bunnies? I always thought that they were fun little things to snuggle up with.

What that poor son learns in school in his sex ed courses vs his purulent mother’s teaching will make one really confused young adult. Maybe we will hear about him in the news one day soon… “Sex crazed cross-dressing ambitious male armed with a Nerf gun attacks manikins in sex shop. News at 11.” Oh dear!
commented 2019-04-20 13:13:18 -0400
Imagine my shock! More destruction of traditional identities for the sake of creating ourselves in our own twisted image.
commented 2019-04-20 11:19:32 -0400
I feel sorry for the 16 year old son, with a mother like that he will deviate to Boys. Or male mannequins.