March 28, 2006
Put this story down as one of the silliest you’ll ever hear. A small display has been removed from the city hall lobby in St. Paul, Minnesota for fear it might offend non-Christians. The display featured a cloth bunny rabbit, pastel-colored eggs and a sign with the words “Happy Easter.” It was put there by a secretary for the city council and not purchased with city money.
This isn’t the first time the St. Paul authorities have done something like this. In 2001, red poinsettias were briefly banned from a holiday display because they were associated with Christmas.
Excuse me, but a bunny rabbit has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ and poinsettias are in no way related to the birth of the Savior of the world. I would be just as glad if Christians stopped embracing these secular symbols of Christmas and Easter, but even so, it shows you the intolerance of those who claim to be tolerant of virtually everything… except, of course anything that can even remotely be linked to Christian faith is intolerable.
By the way, if St. Paul wants to be consistent, it should change the name of its city.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.