We already touched upon the paganism of Easter with the post on The Real Easter Egg product pronouncing the name of Jesus on each egg, so we might as well continue with Veggie Tales as they have a new DVD being released on March 5th. It’s called Twas the Night Before Easter.
Per the description on ChristianCinema.com: “It’s Easter time in Crisper County and cable news reporter Marlee Meade is hunting for a way to help others. She cooks up a plan to save the old theater with a cast of costume-clad townies, massive props and a 20-foot robot rabbit to perform ‘Up With Bunnies.'”
May we remind Christian parents that the Easter is about paganism based upon a fertility goddess known by several names such as Astarte, Ishtar, Eostre and so on depending on which mythology you are studying. According to ReligiousTolerance.org, her name comes from the ancient word for spring or “eastre.”
Religious Tolerance continues by describing one pagan “easter” celebration that sounds familiar? They quote the book Religions of the World by Gerald Berry, “About 200 B.C. mystery cults began to appear in Rome just as they had earlier in Greece. Most notable was the Cybele cult centered on Vatican hill …Associated with the Cybele cult was that of her lover, Attis (the older Tammuz, Osiris, Dionysus, or Orpheus under a new name). He was a god of ever-reviving vegetation. Born of a virgin, he died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after three days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection.”
This is not the only myth that deals with being born of a virgin and ressurrection. They appear to be numerous, sometimes one being built upon another, and they are before the time of Christ. Regardless if you believe that the Christ story is sewn together by myths or if it was real, Easter itself is most certainly pagan. What do bunnies and Easter eggs have to do with the Bible or salvation? If Christians want to do what I prescribe to atheists as “making a pagan or Christian holiday their own” that’s fine, but atheism is well aware of what they are doing. Most Christians don’t have a clue.
Otherwise, why are Veggie Tales selling the idea of “Up with Bunnies”? I’ll quote my previous post: “…the Easter rabbit was believed to be a spirit, once called the Easter Hare instead of Rabbit. Easter Hares/Rabbits had so many multiple births that they became a symbol of fertility.” So Veggie Tales is selling sex in a disguised pagan form. I applaud them.
Oh, and to add to the paganism. In the Veggie Tales story a singing sensation named Cassie Cassava is played by American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle. This is part of the DVD description at ChristianCinema.com and can be seen in the trailer. …I thought idols were forbidden in the Bible? Think I’m being too literal? Then please be consistent as atheists have Biblical law thrown at them constantly. It cracks me up to see boasting about an American Idol contestant being used to sell a Christian DVD. The whole concept of American Idol is to be worshiped like a rockstar–is that a Christian value? Because it’s not the first time I’ve seen American Idol used to push Christian products. It also amazes me that the contestants always believe in God at the same time they are trying to usurp “Him.” Or maybe they’re just trying to usurp the “American God.” Jesus, please take the wheel away from Carrie Underwood.
I guess I’m biting back a bit tonight, I got a nasty cold. As I continue to delve into Christian product lines I don’t understand how the Christian mainstream can’t see how ridiculous they are and at the same time dog atheists about how stupid we are on evolution, morality and social concerns. This April I’m sure to hear, “Well, you’re an atheist–you hypocrite, you can’t celebrate Easter.” Recognize your own hypocrisy first and then we can talk about why atheists blend pagan holidays into their own celebrations which has been done throughout history. Christianity evolves and changes just like everything else in this world; it would just be nice to see Christians understand this for once.
BTW: I still like Veggie Tales as stand alone cartoon characters. I’m sure the kiddies will enjoy watching this special.