So how did the big war on Easter turn out?
Easter baskets, Easter services, premium-priced Easter brunches at hundreds of Long Island restaurants: Reports from the front say Easter is alive and kicking around here.
Some of my cable TV friends were sounding dire warnings all week. Cynical secularists, they charged, had launched a loathsome war on the holiest day in Christendom, although the w-word probably should have been wrapped in quotes. This "war," like the "war" on Christmas, the "war" on smoking and the "war" on Big Gulps, was far more a rhetorical concept than a bombs-and-bullets operation. And all these make-believe battlefields had quickly devolved into predictable slogan contests.
This time, the alleged aggression involved a few school boards across the country hosting "spring egg hunts" instead of "Easter egg hunts." Before you knew it, it seemed, the entire Judeo-Christian tradition was at risk.
Uh, not quite.
Egg hunts by any name have little to do with the resurrection of Jesus. And even if the PC language police had managed to pull off a couple of tiny incursions, Easter isn't at any greater risk than Christmas ever was.
Maybe the time has come for a truce on all these make-believe wars, including the one on women that some of my other friends have been so agitated about. Let's pepper our rhetoric with a few fresh analogies -- then all head off together to church or to brunch.
1. War on Mindless Slogans
2. War on Overblown Rhetoric
3. War on Silly TV Arguments
4. War on Anything I Disagree With
5. War on Calling Things Wars
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