School fliers announcing church Easter egg hunt have Muslims up in arms


Majed Moughni displays the offending Easter bunnies. Photo:

A Muslim parent is upset over fliers his two elementary school-aged children received advertising an Easter egg hunt in Michigan.

The papers were passed out to students at three Dearborn, Mich., elementary schools, according to the Detroit Free Press. Headlined, “Eggstravaganza!” the fliers announced an April 12 egg hunt, relay race and egg toss at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church.

“It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni said of his children, aged 7 and 9. “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.’ ”

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Moughni said he doesn’t agree with “using school teachers paid by public funds … to pass out these flyers that are being distributed by a church.”

“I think that’s a serious violation of separation of church and state,” he told the Free Press.

The pastor at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church didn’t understand what the hubbub was all about. The egg hunt isn’t a religious event, she said, and the flier – decorated with images of eggs and a bunny — was approved by the school district.

“There is not a religious component to this event,” Pastor Neeta Nichols told the newspaper. “Part of our ministry in Dearborn is to invite the community to let them know we’re here. We’re offering various kinds of programming, fun opportunities, so what we can be engaged with the community.”

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Others aren’t so sure.

“It would be one thing if this were an Easter egg hunt in an otherwise secular setting,” said Greg Lipper, senior litigation counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “But this invitation was for an Easter egg hunt at a Christian church — and so the event has much clearer religious connotations. Context matters.”

How’s this for context? Ten Muslim students at a Maryland public school last year demanded — and received — time off from studies so they could perform their traditional prayers on school property, according to The Washington Post.

Closer to home, in April 2013, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations lodged a complaint against the Dearborn School District, saying it didn’t accommodate Muslim students wishing to participate in prayer on school grounds.

The district caved, according to Arab-American News.

Muslims have even demanded — and received — rooms set aside for prayer in Catholic schools, Fox News reported.

If the separation of church and state has any validity, it has to apply to everyone. No one, no matter what his or her religion, can have it both ways.

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385 thoughts on “School fliers announcing church Easter egg hunt have Muslims up in arms

  1. GunFarce says:

    They won’t be happy until the Easter Bunny is wearing the traditional Islamic suicide vest and everyone is chanting “AllahAckBunny”..

  2. MrBobDiaz says:

    Muslims demand total respect for their faith, but refuse to give ANY respect to other faiths. If they don’t like it here, go back to the Middle East.

  3. pat mcgillidicudy says:

    We just let the Muslims get away with too much.

  4. Summer Smith says:

    Instead of : “‘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.’ ”, I think what REALLY happened was “Dad, I’d really like to go to this Easter egg hunt. Can I??” Lol

  5. Desiree Wilson Hansen says:

    No matter what side you are on….This is a very poorly written article. I would feel embarrassed if I was the “journalist”.
    Hot button topic + 2 random examples that don’t apply to this situation=really really really poor journalism. If you feel the need to write on topics as this….at LEAST have the decency to have supporting points that are relevant. Felt like I was reading a 3rd graders very poor report on a very complex social issue.

  6. Takebackamerica! says:

    This is nothing more than another Muslim attempt to enforce on all Americans a sharia-like ban on Everything they don’t Agree with! Because they have that Wanna Be American President in their back pocket. So they know if they pitch a Public Stink They will Get their way!! Don’t Believe that Read up about Muslims That work for Star Transport Who found out that their boss was going to ask them to transport a load of alcohol–a job that everyone knows the company has–and these Muslims refused to take the load because: religion.

    The Obama administration is suing the trucking company for violating these Muslims’ freedom of religion because after they refused to take the load as per the contract they signed, they were properly and logically fired. Or Read up about all the Muslims who Boycotted their Job so they could take extra breaks for their Prayer Time (They Won that case By the way O.o)These Muslims Moved Here To Take Over! That is their Plan and That is what will Happen if we don’t figure out a way to Stop it!

  7. DK says:

    Do you know that the Egg laying Bunny has German roots and symbolizes the God of fertility and spring? It became associated with Easter because until science proved it wrong rabbits were believed to be hermaphrodites who can reproduce without sex… Like the Virgin Mary. Kind of odd that the single most defining event in Christianity is celebrated using a tradition with a non-monotheistic origin. Maybe next year we can have the kids compete in a Poseidon swim meet to celebrate the resurrection of Christ! Very confusing to begin with, so don’t worry Muslims. This thing has less to do with any one of the abrahamic religions and more to do with letting the kids run around in the spring on a fun scavenger hunt.

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