Worldnutdaily Continues the War on Easter

Mychal Massie may be blaming the “godless liberals” for declaring war on Easter, but in reality it’s the very publication he writes for. The Worldnutdaily, for the second time in a week, has an article on the subject and this time they even call Easter “evil.”

The very first commandment of the Big Ten is perhaps one of the most overlooked in everyday life.

In just eight words, it states: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)

Sounds simple enough. Christians would never put another god in front of the true God who made the universe – right?

Wrong.

Most Christians, whether knowingly or unknowingly, violate this very first commandment of God each year by placing before God the actual name of a pagan goddess of fertility and the dawn.

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, her name is – believe it or not – “Easter.”

That’s correct, folks. The word Easter is actually the name of an ancient, heathen goddess who represents fertility, springtime and the dawn.

He even manages to Godwin this subject:

Perhaps if the springtime holiday were called “Hitler Sunday” or even “Satan Sunday” instead of Easter Sunday, people might have an easier time understanding the problem of attaching evil to God. Would people decorate swastikas instead of eggs and hold goose-stepping contests, all the while claiming such customs were now Christianized?

Damn. Now I think maybe I should be celebrating Easter!

40 comments on this post.
  1. Sastra:

    They really do seem to have an almost magical view of the power of words, don’t they? First, the idea of a non-christian celebrating Christmas for its nonreligious, humanist aspects is supposed to be ruled out, just completely ruled out, but the fact that it is called CHRIST-mas. That’s CHRIST. Family, friends, Santa, reindeer, tree, presents, cookies, eggnog, charity, and peace — they don’t count for anything themselves. Look at the word. It binds you. It fixes meaning.

    And now — to give them credit for consistency — they’re doing it with Easter. Estre, goddess of the spring, has forever contaminated the holiday for Christians through contact magic taking place on the spiritual level. I suppose eggs represent aborted fetuses, too. Silly.

  2. Scr... Archivist:

    Well, if there were a “Hitler Sunday”, it would have to be when Germany is having spring but also when Poland and France are having winter. Either that or a nazi-tasting ice-cream dessert.

  3. Alverant:

    They shouldn’t worry. There’s no problem assigning evil to their god.

  4. raven:

    Perhaps if the springtime holiday were called “Hitler Sunday” or even “Satan Sunday” instead of Easter Sunday, people might have an easier time understanding the problem of attaching evil to God.

    Satan Sunday wouldn’t work for the spring holiday. It’s already got a name, Easter.

    But it does make sense. Satan was created by god who lets him run around doing whatever he does. He is god’s agent. When he walks on in the Book of Mythology, in Job, he is god’s buddy.

    I’m drawing a blank on when Satan Sunday would occur though. If they made it Satan Saturday, then that would be when jesus who is god, goes to hell to spend a day with his buddy.

    Or maybe the first Sunday of winter. I really don’t like winter.

  5. Kevin:

    Monday, of course, is Satan’s day.

  6. Kevin:

    oooo…pressed submit too soon.

    Of course, if we really wanted to be mean, we could start spreading the rumor that Saturday was really “Satanday”.

    Watch their little heads explode.

  7. Doug Little:

    The very first commandment of the Big Ten

    Oh, so it’s the Big Ten now. As Christianity slips into obscurity this will be continually upgraded till we reach the point of,

    THE MASSIVELY MOMENTOUS, HUGELY IMPORTANT, DON’T YOU FUCKING IGNORE ME OR ELSE BIG TEN.

  8. Ben P:

    It seems to have caught on rather rapidly, my facebook feed was full of references to “resurrection sunday.”

  9. Doug Little:

    Satan Sunday

    Sounds like a good name for a heavy metal festival. \”/ \”/

  10. zekehoskin:

    Yeah. When you say “Easter Sunday”, you’re putting a fertility goddess in front of Ra.

  11. Doug Little:

    The word Easter is actually the name of an ancient, heathen goddess who represents fertility, springtime and the dawn.

    Saturday is named after the planet Saturn which is named after the Roman god Saturn. So they had better come up with another name for Saturday as well.

  12. Doug Little:

    Well they are in trouble as Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are named after gods as well.

    Tuesday – “The name Tuesday derives from the Old English “Tiwesdæg” and literally means “Tiw’s Day”. Tiw is the Old English form of the Proto-Germanic god *Tîwaz, or Týr in Norse, a god of war and law.”

    Wednesday – “The name is a calque of the Latin dies Mercurii “day of Mercury”, reflecting the fact that the Germanic god Woden (Wodanaz or Odin) during the Roman era was interpreted as “Germanic Mercury””

    Thursday – “The contemporary name comes from the Old English Þunresdæg, “Thunor’s Day” (with loss of -n-, first in northern dialects, from influence of Old Norse Þorsdagr, meaning “Thor’s Day”). Thunor and Thor are derived from the Proto-Germanic god Thunraz, god of thunder”

    Friday – “The name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning the “day of Frigg”, a result of an old convention associating the Old English goddess Frige with the Roman goddess Venus, with whom the day is associated in many different cultures.”

    So they only have Monday left… They can have Monday.

  13. composer99:

    The use of ‘Easter’ to describe the Easter holiday is, as far as I am aware, specific to the English-speaking world. Non-English cultures usually use some derivation of ‘Pascha’ (which itself is derived from the Hebrew ‘Pesach’ and so are much more “on-topic”, so to speak).

    As far as alternate English uses go, ‘The Feast of the Resurrection’ is uncommon, but I have heard it used on several occasions over the last 10 years, largely among Anglicans who otherwise wouldn’t give a fig about pagan “contamination” of Easter and its liturgical season.

    ——
    On the topic of general weekday names with pagan associations, just as Sunday is associated with the sun (and therefore with pagan sun deities, if not with any one such being in particular), so to is Monday (in this case the moon).

    So I believe anyone granting symbolic/spiritual “power” to the association of Easter with a pagan goddess is pretty much screwed, all day, every day, by calling upon the name of pagan/animist forces or deities all week long.

  14. coragyps:

    This year and, I think, last year there were ads in the local newspaper for a church (maybe not – maybe a “worship center”) inviting people to a Resurrection Sunday service.

    I failed to get there, since I really, really don’t care about why “Easter” isn’t the proper term anymore.

  15. Taz:

    Nothing says evil like “fertility, springtime and the dawn”.

  16. busterggi:

    “In just eight words, it states: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)”

    Since that applies only to Yahweh wouldn’t that mean Jesus is a false god? I know the whole trinity crap was designed to get by this but since conservatives Christians usually consider themselves ‘originalists’…

  17. abb3w:

    Bonus fun: mythologically, Germanic/Celtic Ēostre appears to have been a variant of Phonician Astarte, who was a variant of Babylonian Ishtar, who in turn ties to early Canaanite/Jewish Asherah.

    In other words — the English/German terms for the feast name it after YHWH’s despised ex-wife.

    (The name in Russian and Romance languages seems rooted in the Hebrew for “passover”, sent by way of Aramic, Greek, and Latin. Polish seems to be “great night” or such.)

  18. snafu:

    The very first commandment of the Big Ten…

    is to build a football stadium that can seat 100000?

    When did the Ten Commandments get re-branded the Big Ten?

  19. Wes:

    When did the Ten Commandments get re-branded the Big Ten?

    When they invited Maryland?

  20. Wes:

    Praise the FSM, do I love WND comments. Here’s my favorite one from that thread so far…

    You are clinically insane. You are actually saying that GOD should play second fiddle to the DEVIL and use one of his days for His own? That suggests that you have no idea whatsoever as to WHY PAGAN HOLIDAYS OR PAGANISM EXIST. If you did you wouldn’t spout such foolishness. Does the term FALSE DOCTRINE mean ANYTHING to you? It did to Jesus and His apostles! Does the phrase, ” OF THE DEVIL” mean ANYTHING to you? Easter is a SATANIC holiday that involved the SACRIFICE OF BABIES AND THE DIPPING OF EGGS IN THEIR BLOOD. As Kovacs rightly pointed out, for the first three centuries after the ascension they taught the TRUTH. Then LIES were introduced. Who is it that you think introduced them? Didn’t Jesus and all of the apostles warn u to keep the doctrine of Christ PURE? Didn’t Christ WARN you in Matt 15:7-9 not to follow the traditions of men that weren’t grounded in HIM? The false church (Catholic) CHANGED the BAPTISM of Christ to one done in empty titles! They also stopped receiving the Holy Ghost like this “Acts 2:4″, Peter and Paul both linked the reception of the Holy Ghost to your obeying of Acts 2:38, Peter told the people on the day of Pentecost that if they were baptized in JESUS’ NAME they WOULD receive the Holy Ghost. Paul questioned believers on the road to Ephesus in Acts 19;1-6 and after he ascertained that they did NOT have the Holy Ghost he linked this lack to the fact that they were INCORRECTLY BAPTIZED! He RE-baptizes them in JESUS’ name and of course they then receive the HolY Ghost. People like you do a disservice to the church and to God by implying that the satanic pracitces like Christmas or Christmas TREES which were FORBIDDEN BY GOD ( Jeremiah 10:1-5) are now part of the “big tent”. Jesus told you to keep your religion as HE gave it to you PURE AND UNDEFILED and if there is ANYTHING ON EARTH that can “defile” you it is something that was dedicated to or came from, the DEVIL. SMH.

    Well, someone here might be clinically insane…

  21. ArtK:

    The very first commandment of the Big Ten…

    I understand that the NCAA is brokering negotiations between the Ten Commandments and a collection of four Hind sutras. The “Really Big Fourteen” will compete at the national level in morality, ethics and tennis.

  22. tyros:

    Even Iranians get to celebrate pagan Nowruz! (No false gods in the holiday name, granted.)
    I would love to watch a WND-led crusade against pagan weekday names. They could do like Hebrew or Arabic and say Second Day, Sabbath etc. Also, they’ve got the months to deal with… oy. March, May (another fertility goddess!), June, emperor-worship (July, August), etc.
    These guys vaguely remind me of Salafis. Purist zealotry.

  23. slavdude:

    So they only have Monday left… They can have Monday.

    The day of the moon? (Moon-Day, lundi, lunes, etc.) Sure, why not?

    Sheesh, what doofuses.

    This kind of reminds me of when I used to teach at the University of Phoenix Online (yes, I know) and would have adult students who seemed to have gotten all of their knowledge of the world outside their little worlds from their (invariably evangelical Protestant) pastors or rag sites like WND. When I asked one who was complaining about the “War on Christmas” whether Easter should not be the more important holiday, representing as it does the promise of the Zombie Je–uh, Resurrection, she told me that Christmas was the more important holiday just for the fact of Jesus’s birth (probably, in her [pastor's] view, representing the promise of the Rapture).

  24. transenigma32:

    “Perhaps if the springtime holiday were called “Hitler Sunday” or even “Satan Sunday” instead of Easter Sunday…”

    Funny he should say that… this year, Easter was on Cesar Chavez’ birthday, the 31st of March.

    Next year, it’s on April 20th – or Adolf Hitler’s birthday.

  25. Aliasalpha:

    Ooh Hitler sunday, we could have chocolate swastikas! Oh no, on second thought that sounds like a euphemism for poo

  26. jesseneedham:

    I can’t believe nobody brought up

  27. jesseneedham:

    The Producers.

  28. mikeyb:

    Easter bunnies and Easter eggs are just totally paganistic and satanic.

  29. Scr... Archivist:

    jesseneedham @26/27.

    I guess my post at 2 was too obscure….

  30. WMDKitty -- Survivor:

    “…people might have an easier time understanding the problem of attaching evil to God.”

    Uhm… do I really need to point out that the Bible itself attaches evil to God?

    Isaiah 45:7 — “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

  31. dingojack:

    jesseneedham – ‘and remember yooooouuu asssked for it!’
    Dingo

  32. mendel:

    “Christians would never put another god in front of the true God who made the universe – right?” Well, that’s actually what happened. Christian Missionaries in heathen Germania told their converts, “why don’t you come to our church for spring festival and we’ll tell you about the resurrection instead” to make Christianity attractive (it’s hard to attract people when the other faith has a spring festival and you don’t), and that’s where the heathen name for the Christian festival stems from.

    So yeah, by “revoking” the name of Easter you’re dismissing part of the history of your faith, possibly because you care more about being righteous than about converting non-believers these days? Pharisees.

    (Oh, and btw, in 2016 “Resurrection day” is actually not even on Passover.)

  33. dingojack:

    Easter regularly isn’t on Passover. The both rely on the position of the Earth and the Moon, but Easter begins on a Thursday, but Passover can to occur on any day of the week (except Fridays). Hence the divergence is common*.
    Dingo
    ——-
    For those of you playing along at home:
    First day of Passover 2013-2023.
    Tue 26th March 2013
    Tue 15th April 2014
    Sat 4th April 2015
    Sat 23rd April 2016
    Tue 11th April 2017
    Sat 31st March 2018
    Sat 20th April 2019
    Thurs 9th April 2020
    Sun 28th March 2021
    Sat 16th April 2022
    Thur 6th April 2023
    Easter Thursday 2013-2023
    28th March 2013
    17rh April 2014
    2nd April 2015
    24th March 2016
    13th April 2017
    29th March 2018
    18th April 2019
    9th April 2020
    1st April 2021
    14th April 2022
    6th April 2023
    Can you spot the differences?

  34. davidmc:

    Was first resurrection Sunday was just a massive April Fools day joke that got out of hand?

  35. richardelguru:

    Dingo
    So the world WILL end on the 6th April 2023??

  36. skinnercitycyclist:

    Either that or a nazi-tasting ice-cream dessert.

    How about “Hitler Ripple”? Can’t take credit, I think it’s from a Letterman “Top Ten”

  37. skinnercitycyclist:

    The use of ‘Easter’ to describe the Easter holiday is, as far as I am aware, specific to the English-speaking world.

    I beg to add:
    German: Ostern

  38. dingojack:

    davidmc (#34) – no.
    Since Jesus was (allegedly) arrested on the first day of Passover (which was allegedly a Thursday) on a year between 26 ce and 36 ce (when Pontius Pilate was the Governor of Judea), then the only two years that fit this set of circumstances are the years 27 ce and 30 ce (which would make Jesus 33 years old if born in 6 bce or 4 bce, respectively, marking the beginning and end of Herod’s the Great’s rule as king of Judea). In both cases Passover begins after the 1st of April (the two Thursdays, 8th of April and 4th of April, respectively)*.
    Dingo
    ——–
    * in fact Passover didn’t begin on the Calends of Aprilis even once during Pilate’s term as Governor

  39. matty1:

    mythologically, Germanic/Celtic Ēostre appears to have been a variant of Phonician Astarte, who was a variant of Babylonian Ishtar, who in turn ties to early Canaanite/Jewish Asherah.

    Do you have a source for that? I’ve seen the claim before but it seems suspect to me, there is a lot of time and space between Babylon and 8th Century England and she seems to be absent from intermediate cultures like the Greeks and Romans.

    Also do we actually know anything about Eostre beyond Bede’s brief comment that she was a goddess who had a festival in spring?

  40. composer99:

    skinnercitycyclist:

    Yeah, I should have left a mention of Germanic languages in there (or folded up English into the Germanic language family).

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