Readers and writers have the rare opportunity to come across a story about politics that doesn’t end in discord or kick off years of legal wrangling. It seemed fitting, also, to share something like that with you on Easter, considering it’s the most hopeful, optimistic day on the Christian calendar.
In this case, the happy news arrives via the Washington Examiner, from their section called “Restoring America.” (I like the sound of it already!)
The Examiner’s writer begins by explaining the town of Easton, Pennsylvania, with a population of around 27,000, was having a slight problem with its Easter egg hunt this year.
Pennsylvania’s town debates whether it should call their Easter egg hunt for children.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 17, 2022
Last Wednesday, you see, the city’s administrator, Luis Campos, informed the city council that they had trouble, right there in River City (Easton sits at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers).
Campos told the councilmembers that, in his infinite wisdom, he had decided to remove the word “Easter” from any official, social media posts about the upcoming Easter egg hunt.
Campos spoke up at a Wednesday City Council meeting, announcing the revision out of a desire to reflect the city’s neutrality, according to Lehigh Valley Live . Campos revised the posts after a resident complained about the word’s Christian connotations, he said.
The resident, apparently, was concerned that using the word “Easter” might represent a violation of the separation of church and state.
Here is where the majority of consternation occurs. Legal battles can erupt. But, as I said at the beginning, things didn’t go that way for Easton.
Sal Panto, the town’s mayor, checked in with the city attorneys, and on Thursday, it was all sorted out. He posted the following on Facebook
After discussion with Council on Wednesday evening the Administration followed up with our attorneys and the word “Easter” will remain in our announcements about the Easter Egg Hunt.
Hizzoner added that the rain delayed events (I’m guessing that included the egg hunt) would take place Saturday (yesterday), which are put on by the Easton City Recreation and Neighborhood Programs department.
I second one of the commenters (who appears to be a local) on the mayor’s Facebook post:
“Glad ya grew a set of eggs yourself. Next thing ya know, we can’t say the word Christmas. It’s a shame [you] even had to have a discussion about this.”
The conclusion to this case shows me that things are going in the right direction and that conservatives are making an impact on commonsense and restoring sanity.
God be praised.
What’s the best part? You can take a “stroll” around Easton yourself, with this nifty walking tour video. Enjoy!