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  1. says

    I don’t think they’ve fully thought through the implications.

    Wait…you mean Easter was a pagan holiday? So…what happened during the “first” Easter?

    Wait … you mean there’s no evidence that there ever was a “first” Easter? That the whole crucifixion story is just so much syncretic mumbo-jumbo myth-making?

    Wait…does that mean that Jesus didn’t die for our sins?

    Wait…does that mean there was no such person as Jesus?

  2. says

    “War on Easter”? Hardly. It was Christian first, even before Christians, on account of God being eternal*. So there!
     
    * For the first Easter, God had to hide eggs from Himself. Kind of sad, really.

  3. says

    Brett McCoy “The favored term is now ‘Resurrection Sunday’. *barfs*”
    Really? Say it in the monster truck announcer voice and it’s awesome. (“Resurrection SUNDAY-SUNDAY-SUNDAY!”)

  4. chisaihana5219 says

    So only the words of the canonical books put together in the 3rd Century at the Council of Nicea by, sorry guys, Roman Catholic Bishops, who based their choices on already prevailing Roman myths are true? My irony meter just hit the red line. It’s another case of holding two opposing views at the same time. He doesn’t want to call it Easter or time it by Roman standards, but he still wants to believe in the Jesus gospels put together by Roman clergy. Egads!

  5. anubisprime says

    So 20 yrs ago he woke up and realized that many of the things he was taught in church for most of his life were not based on what the bible teaches but on traditions that gradually developed over the past 2000 yrs!

    Better late then never!

  6. Trebuchet says

    How come Robt. E. Lee was narrating that video? And how come “The Venerable Bede” always makes me chuckle? Enquiring minds want to know!

  7. Larry says

    Does this mean Jesus didn’t actually chew the ears off chocolate rabbits before scarfing down the rest without sharing?

    Heck, I’ve wasted years following that tradition so as to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Now I must carry on the tradition with no real purpose.

  8. says

    Clearly we need more bunnies to fight Great Zombie Jesus, now. Maybe we can get some of our eeeee-ville mad Darwininan scientists to engineer egg-laying ones. Shouldn’t be too hard to bulk up the ranks, knowing rabbits.

    Side question: What are rabbits like as pets? How do they play? Run around a lot? I’m mostly familiar with predator pets and how their style of play facilitates learning to hunt.

  9. raven says

    The favored term is now “Resurrection Sunday”. *barfs*

    LOL.

    First time I heard that was 30 seconds ago, when it was posted above.

    I need to get out more.

    Hmmm, if that is what I’m missing, I really need to stay away more.

  10. dingojack says

    Psst – ‘Christmas’ is a pagan festival (well actually several pagan festivals) too! Well christians, looks like your whole mythos boils down to nothing more than a con designed to boost retail sales.
    What’s that you say? 1 Timothy 6:10?
    Dingo

  11. patricksimons says

    I say roast the easter bunny on a spit and serve him up with deviled easter eggs on the side!!

  12. macallan says

    For the first Easter, God had to hide eggs from Himself. Kind of sad, really.

    Well, he does come across as rather absent minded in genesis 1, so that probably worked pretty well.

  13. brucemartin says

    I like the World Nut Daily motto they show at the end of their video:
    The Simple Believeth Every Word.

    That marketing strategy is one way for WND to maintain their video sales profitability.

  14. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    I don’t think you watched the same video I did, Ed. The one I saw says that the name of Easter came from a pagan festival in ancient England, not ancient Rome.

  15. tbp1 says

    I love all the hard-core anti-Catholicism in the comments, and not usually about anything that really ought to bug them (the Crusades, the Inquisition, religious wars, child molesters, etc.). It’s mostly over obscure, meaningless points of doctrine and dogma.

  16. mikeyb says

    War on easter yawn. I don’t think most Christians take Easter seriously enough, even to be thinking about potential wars against it. War on changing the NFL to protect player safety, now that is much more serious.

  17. thebugguy says

    That was hilarious. “Just the facts” doesn’t even get cite the proper work of Bede’s for his description of Eostre, and then inserts a lot of centuries later hypothesizing as if Bede had said it himself.

  18. matty1 says

    I couldn’t bring myself to watch all of it so I skipped through and there at the end was his website “toolong.com”, why yes, yes it is by about 4 minutes 28.

  19. matty1 says

    Oh it gets better the youtube name is toolonginthesun. Why not just call yourself “My brains got fried”?

  20. says

    Let’s see, off the top of my head….

    Fir trees were sacred to Baldur, a messianic god of light appropriated by Christian missionaries into Scandanavia as presaging Christ. The evergreens represented the promise that summer would return. Holly and ivy, also being evergreen, were held as sacred to Baldur.

    Mistletoe was sacred to the Celts: since it grew high up in the trees, it obviously had magical powers.

    Scandanavians followed the practice of hanging sacrificial objects, from bundles of herbs to fruit to baked goods to humans that had been strangled and cut open, from the limbs of trees. Christmas trees are a sanitized descendant of this practice.

    Yule logs started out of the practice of reconsecrating the hearth to Thor by way of a burnt sacrifice. The hearth would be cleaned out and a large log laid and lit. If it lasted through the night, then Thor would protect the home through the next year.

    Speaking of hearths, Santa Claus has a striking number of similarities with Thor, including his association with chimneys, his beard, his ample physique, his affinity for the color red and his habit of bringing gifts to the worthy and severely punishing the wicked.

    The dating of Christmas coincides with the ancient Roman observance of Saturnalia, which ran from December 17 to 23 and was marked by singing, feasting, reversal of societal norms, and the exchange of presents. In the later Empire, the feast of Sol Invictus, the birthday of the Unconquerable Sun, was observed in a two day festival immediately following Saturnalia, on December 24 and 25.

    And yet, when anyone tries to tell this to the wingnuts, we are evil destroyers of all that is holy and pure. Go figure.

  21. bad Jim says

    Today is Palm Sunday, when Southern California venerates its iconic trees, or something.

    Every Halloween I face the same question anyone with a beard faces: which is scarier, Santa Claus or zombie Jesus? Unfortunately, in my affluent neighborhood, Santa isn’t actually threatening (some of my neighbors even decorate for Valentine’s day) and practically nobody can tell the difference between zombie Jesus and the way I normally look.

    Let’s face it. Every holiday that features chocolate or alcohol is guaranteed to be pagan in origin.

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