The horror! Muslim parents decry flyer advertising church-sponsored Easter egg hunt
Because nothing quite says "We want to turn your children into Christians" like inviting them to an Easter egg hunt.
Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.
A flyer headlined “Eggstravaganza!” was given to students this week at three elementary schools in the Dearborn Public Schools district, which has a substantial number of Muslim students. The flyer described an April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn featuring an egg hunt, relay race, and egg toss. It asked students to RSVP “to secure your free spot” and included images of eggs and a bunny.
“It really bothered my two kids,” said parent Majed Moughni, who is Muslim and has two children, ages 7 and 9, in Dearborn elementary schools. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.’ ”
Does anyone believe a 7 year old kid would say such a thing? So, in addition to feigning outrage, he's a liar too.
The pastor of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended the flyer, saying it was approved for distribution by Dearborn Public Schools and is not promoting a religious event.
“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” said Pastor Neeta Nichols of Cherry Hill. “There is not a religious component to this event.”
“Part of our ministry in Dearborn is to invite the community to let them know we’re here,” she added. “We’re offering various kinds of programming, fun opportunities, so what we can be engaged with the community.”
But Moughni and others are worried that churches are trying to convert their youth through the Dearborn schools. Moughni said his children received flyers for Halloween events at another church last year.
Part of the mission of public schools is to be active in the community. The schools are fulfilling their responsibility to the community by spreading the word about a community event. Why make it more complicated than that?
I'm sure Mr. Moughni has his reasons. Aside from being one of those perpetually outraged Muslims, it probably has to do with getting your name and picture in the news by doing Allah's work.
You would think if the Christians in Dearborn were of a mind to convert a bunch of Muslims, they wouldn't use Easter bunnies and eggs to do it.