AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: Muslims, Presbyterians amicably resolve Easter egg hunt crisis
A display of impressive common humanity and even more impressive common sense broke out over the weekend in Dearborn, Mich. after Muslim parent Majed Moughni complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an “Eggstravaganza!” Easter egg hunt to be held at a Presbyterian church.
According to The Arab American News, a local bilingual newspaper, the Detroit Free Press first reported that Muslim parents — plural — were upset about the flyer advertising an Easter egg hunt at the church. (RELATED: Now Muslim parents are complaining about flyers for Easter egg hunts)
Turns out, it was only one parent, Dearborn-based lawyer Moughni, who complained.
On Sunday morning, Muslim leaders in the Muslim community stood together in solidarity in front of the Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn.
Included in the delegation of Muslims were religious leaders, business leaders and representatives from a number of organizations including the Arab Civil Rights League and the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee.
The Muslim leaders and Cherry Hill Presbyterian’s pastor, Neeta Nichols, denounced Moughni’s complaint about the Easter egg hunt. Nichols and the Muslim leaders also urged area Muslims to come to the “Eggstravaganza!” and have their children participate.
The Muslim delegation donated $500 to the church. The money will go toward the purchase of even more eggs.
The Saturday, April 12 event will feature a traditional Easter egg hunt as well as an egg toss and a relay race.
The flyers for the event which had so offended Moughni were emblazoned with the word “Eggstravaganza!” They urged students to RSVP “to secure your free spot.” The associated imagery includes a festive bunny and some eggs.
Moughni had asserted that the flyers passed out at three Dearborn public schools violate the separation of church and state widely ascribed to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
The local backlash was fast and furious after Moughni complained, notes The Arab American News. Local Muslims took to social media by the hundreds to condemn his puzzling stance against Easter egg hunts for kids—and to condemn the Detroit Free Press for publishing what they viewed as a misleading article in the first place.
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