Ban the Bunny!
Yep... I've got it in for the little furry critter and would like nothing better than a savory rabbit stew. Let me explain.
I just came from mass, where I had an opportunity to gently rib a young Irish friend who had expressed some dissatisfaction with the last St. Patrick's Day parade. Apparently the participants conducted themselves in a less than saintly fashion culminating in the portrayal of St. Patrick as a drunken bishop. I suggested he get himself to an Italian parish on St. Anthony's feast for the procession and subsequent celebrations to learn how to do it properly. The food is better too, but I digress.
What does all of this have to do with my desire to declare open season on bunnies this time of year? Just this... I have always regarded Easter as an exclusively religious holiday. Christmas has gotten so commercialized that it has bitten the dust long ago. I have long favored changing the date to sometime in January to coincide with the Orthodox calendar, leaving the commercial interests to do what they like with December 25.
Seeing the way St. Patrick's Day has been secularized over the years culminating in the complete parody of a Christian saint makes me feel the secularists are slowly advancing on Easter. Even now there is an Easter Parade in my neighborhood. It makes me cringe...