On Wednesday, I noted how the City of Richmond, whose mayor, Dwight Jones, is a pastor, by the way, is doing its part to "rebrand" the Easter season into another generic secular happenstance by sponsoring more than a dozen "egg hunts" on "Monday, April 9" — known the world over as Easter Monday except to all but those in the city's Department of Recreation, Parks and Community Facilities. Thankfully, there's someone in the city who knows what the season is about. On Wednesday evening, April 4, from 5:00-7:00 in Capitol Square.Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell will host the the first annual "Governor's Easter Egg Hunt." The event is free and open to the public and will include several activities, including music, face painting, eggs with great prizes and appearances by several mascots and a Thomas Jefferson re-enactor. Sounds like good family fun. Though free, reservations are required. Click here to make them. For more information about the event, click here.
Governor and Mrs. McDonnell are not afraid to call it what it is, despite how some cultural elites are trying to whitewash Easter as they have tried to do with Christmas.
It's important for people, especially the young, to recognize why it is we celebrate what we do. For the City of Richmond to play its part and take sides in an attempt to whitewash the meaning of this time of year is inexcusable. No one is asking the city to offer a sermon, lead a prayer or hand out Bibles, but simply to leave in the name of the reason and the tradition of the event it is sponsoring — and not pretend Easter never happened or was celebrated the day before. I, for one, am happy Governor and Mrs. McDonnell are not afraid of the culture vultures who would devour all references to our Judeo-Christian culture and recognize it is not government's role to whitewash history and faith. While I am sure it is not in any way a response to the city's events, I am sure the Capitol's event will be much more fun and better attended.