In Dearborn, Michigan some Muslim parents have complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an Easter egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church.
The Muslim parents complain that the flyers containing with the word “Eggstravaganza!” violate the separation of church and state widely ascribed to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
Students at three Dearborn elementary schools received the flyers in which a large number of Muslim students attend.
The “Eggstravaganza!” is scheduled to take place on April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn.
The flyer asks students to “secure your free spot.” The pictures on the flyer include a festive bunny and some eggs.
The event will feature a traditional Easter egg hunt as well as an egg toss and a relay race.
“It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni said. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.”
Moughni added that he believes the flyers are “a serious violation of separation of church and state.” Noting that his kids had previously received something about a Halloween event at a church, he said he is worried that Christians are trying to convert Muslim kids through propaganda distributed at public schools.
The Pastor of Cherry Hill Presbyterian, Neeta Nichols, said that the event has absolutely nothing to do with religion.
“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” she said. “There is not a religious component to this event.”
Do you feel that after school Easter egg hunts and Halloween events should be banned because of the claim “separation of church and state”?