Thursday, April 22, 2004 :::
This is an old story, which everyone has probably heard, but I love the severity of it. Heavily paraphrased from MSNBC:
Children in audience watch as actor in rabbit costume whipped
...many parents and children got upset when a church trying to teach about Jesus’ crucifixion performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs... People who attended Saturday’s show at Glassport’s memorial stadium [a community about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh] 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.
...Performers broke eggs meant for an Easter egg hunt and also portrayed a drunken man and a self-mutilating woman...
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...
Well, at least she took the role seriously. There are no small roles, only small actors.
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