Remember, atheists are very tolerant of other peoples beliefs and get picked on a lot. They would never start a religious thread to pick a fight or be unkind.I take it you're an atheist.
Nobody else seems to start religious threads,
Great post!I had a delightful 11 hour shift at work this Easter.
Though envious, i truly hope all those who celebrated had a good day with family.
That said, Christians stole the name from the Saxons who celebrated the holiday in praise to the goddess Eastur (multiple spellings, names ect a crossed Europe). Spring in general was marked with a celebration of fertility just about worldwide by every religion, ya know with bunnies and eggs -n- stuff. Much like decorating pine trees, traditions continue. As they should, as far as i am concerned.
To say Easter overall somehow "belongs" to christians is rather silly, when it would seem like all of the pagan overtones would have the bible thumpers demanding the holiday, as it is observed by most, be kept out of schools. Yet our friends at Fox were very concerned with a few schools and Easter egg hunts. Not because of the ties to pagan symbolism, but because they felt it was an attack on christians not to proceed with them?
Strangeness of that aside, it doesn't really matter, if you are celebrating the resurrection, freedom from Egyptian slavery, some ancient goddess or just spring itself. A ritualized family celebration is good on its own merits and i was sad to miss it.
We have to substitute something to fill the void of self righteousness.