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chiba102
04-08-2004, 11:20 AM
Actors Whip Easter Bunny at Church Show ("Mommy why are they hitting the Easter bunny?")
fredericksburg.com | 4/7/04 | AP

Posted on 04/07/2004 5:04:31 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat

GLASSPORT, Pa.

A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.

People who attended Saturday's performance at Glassport's memorial stadium quoted performers as saying, "There is no Easter bunny," and described the show as being a demonstration of how Jesus was crucified.

Melissa Salzmann, who brought her 4-year-old son J.T., said the program was inappropriate for young children. "He was crying and asking me why the bunny was being whipped," Salzmann said.

Patty Bickerton, the youth minister at Glassport Assembly of God, said the performance wasn't meant to be offensive. Bickerton portrayed the Easter rabbit and said she tried to act with a tone of irreverence.

"The program was for all ages, not just the kids. We wanted to convey that Easter is not just about the Easter bunny, it is about Jesus Christ," Bickerton said.

Performers broke eggs meant for an Easter egg hunt and also portrayed a drunken man and a self-mutilating woman, said Jennifer Norelli-Burke, another parent who saw the show in Glassport, a community about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

"It was very disturbing," Norelli-Burke said. "I could not believe what I saw. It wasn't anything I was expecting."

CardiMuscles
04-08-2004, 12:56 PM
It reminds me of a threatre group here in Wales in 2000 who on the night before Good Friday (under the cover of darkness) erected a cross and then covered it over and made it look as though it was a grand unveiling of a statue.

At 3.00pm the following day this group were making a great hoohah (dressed as local dignitaries and the like) and revealed the cross (complete with wax model showing lots of cuts as you would expect from a whipping exercise) and started shouting at the top of their voices "THAT'S WHAT EASTER IS ABOUT" ad nauseum. If memory serves me right, they were all arrested for breaches of the peace