Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Egged On By Politicians and the Press?


A storm in an egg-cup seems to be developing with people being urged to resign their membership of the National Trust because of its claimed 'airbrushing' of the Easter Story (bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39487307). This has all seemingly come about as the NT is hosting Cadbury-sponsored 'Great Egg Hunts' at some of its properties. The claim is that the organisation is taking the word 'Easter' out of the equation to make these events relevant to people from a variety of faiths (including no faith). The odd thing is that the Spring tradition of eggs is actually older than Christianity, being reportedly related to fertility celebrations. Some of these old traditions were said to be modified to make the then new religion popular with the locals. I personally would worry more about whether the 'Great Egg Hunt' is doing much to counter obesity problems in our children. 

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