Bill O’Reilly jumps the Shark … errrr … Easter BunnyPosted: March 23, 2013
This is so ridiculous that it almost isn’t worth posting. However, it’s a Saturday and we could use a good laugh. Billy O’Reilly thinks secularizing the Easter Bunny will lead to abortion and drug use. I never knew O’Reilly was such a big fan of German Fertility Goddesses.
O’REILLY: Secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White House. They feel unchained, liberated, and they’re trying to diminish any form of religion. The goal is to marginalize religious opposition to secular programs. For example, in Canada and China a woman can have an abortion for any reason at any time. Secular progressives want that here. But traditional forces in America are in opposition. Therefore in this country, you can’t terminate a baby about to be born without a damn good reason. And if you do abort a late term baby, you could be charged with murder. SPs hate that. In Scandanavia, there are laws that say you cannot criticize minorities and if you do, you could be arrested. Secular progressives want laws like that here. Also the legalization of drugs, well under way in many places, and that is a secular cause. So, if the far left can marginalize Santa and the Easter bunny, of they can tell the children those symbols are obsolete and unnecessary, they then set the stage for a totally secular society in the future.
Look for the upcoming children’s book by Snowbilly Snookie right after her astounding literary contribution for children about the war on Santa and Christmas. It’s just amazing to me how early Romano-Christian culture co-opted pagan rituals and symbols and these whackadoodles seem to be upset when every one wants them back. Rabbits and eggs are very ancient fertility symbols. The egg-laying bunny actually wasn’t invented until the 18th century. The actual origin of the bunny comes from Germany and it had nothing to do with a christian “Easter” It had to do with a Germanic Fertility Goddess.
The idea of an egg-laying bunny came to the U.S. in the 18th century. German immigrants in the Pennsylvania Dutch area told their children about the “Osterhase” (sometimes spelled “Oschter Haws“). “Hase” means “hare”, not rabbit, and in Northwest European folklore the “Easter Bunny” indeed is a hare, not a rabbit. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. In 1835, Jakob Grimm wrote of long-standing similar myths in Germany itself. Grimm suggested that these derived from legends of the reconstructed continental Germanic goddess *Ostara,
Ostara is the German spring and fertility goddess. Be prepared, the history of this actually links to my interest in extremely old burials and grave goods.
Easter is deeply rooted in German culture: as a time of celebrations, customs and traditions across the country. The word Ostern is believed to have come from the German Spring and Fertility Goddess Ostara, whose sacred animal was the ‘fertile’ hare, and in pre-Christian days a light cult held a festival in her honor as soon as the days became longer, which, with the introduction of Christianity, was changed in the 2nd century to a celebration for the resurrection of Jesus. As a source of new life the egg had been a symbol of creation, spring and fertility since ancient times, long before Christianity, with its origins traced back to 5000 BC, when the Egyptians and Persians painted eggs to eat and give as presents for spring equinox. The first Christians then placed eggs both in and on graves, believing that just as a grave hid a life the egg also seemed to be dormant but contained life sealed within it, and German archeologists have found centuries old examples of these offerings.
Again, it’s just another example of how Roman culture and religion co-opted pagan culture. The word “easter” is basically an anglicized version of the goddess’ name. The eggs existed as pagan symbols way before the invention of Christianity itself. The entire man-in-bunny-suit is a modern invention.
Bill O’Reilly is continues to prove he’s an ignorant ass.