Proverbs 14:15 MSG
This, from my good friend, Rev. Dennis Dinger (Retired)
Maybe Bill O'Reilly has been too busy raising the millions of dollars he needs to pay of his sexual harrassment lawsuits to notice. Perhaps FOX and Friends have been distracted by Russian spies hiding in Donald Trump's entourage. And I suppose Judge Napolitano just put his tin foil hat on backwards and can't see what's in front of him. Whatever the reason, all the gang at Fake News seem to have missed the new War On Easter whose first battle of 2017 is taking place in Great Britain.
Over there the Cadbury Chocolate Company, a venerable British institution, has for years sponsored a nationwide Easter Egg Hunt. In villages and cities all over the U.K. Cadbury hides Easter eggs in parks and fields and invites the kiddies to come and search them out.
Lots of fun. Kids and parents love it. Cadbury gets good publicity and increased candy sales. Everybody wins.
Until this year when it seems that Jesus loses. You see, this year the annual "Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt" is being called the Cadbury Egg Hunt. Concerned Christians are concerned that their Christianity is threatened, their God denied, unless cadbury puts Christ back in eggs, or some such thing.
Teresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of England, Scotland ,Wales and the six lost counties of Erie, is upset enough about the situation to make a speech in Parliament denouncing the chocolate maker's perfidy. Teresa is , in her own words, "a vicar's daughter" and she knows, as only a PK can know, the absolute centrality of Jesus in the Cadbury tradition, the indissoluble bond that exists between the crucifixion and chocolate, the necessary conflation of Christ and confectionary treats.
In her speech Ms May said that she is certain the late, lamented founder of the Cadbury estate would be offended by his company's dropping the word "Easter" from its egg hunts. Which is kind of funny as the original Mr Cadbury was a Quaker and did not celebrate easter--but let that pass. Ms May is after all a vicar's daughter and knows what should have been in the old man's mind even if he didn't and it wasn't.
I wonder how long it will be before Christians of Ms May's and Mr O'Reilly's stripe complain that on Ascension Thursday so many people no longer go out into the streets and look up--hopefully, expectantly, wonderingly- -at the empty sky.
Dean Feldmeyer is the author of 5 novels, 4 non-fiction books, three plays, and over 100 essays, articles, poems, and short stories, some of which can be found on this web site.