Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Christian eggs

The latest Jesus and Mo strip, called “code”, is based on a Mirror article about a new fracas in Britain. It seems that Cadbury, the confectionary company, dropped the word “Easter” from ads for its annual “Easter egg hunt,” in which Cadbury eggs are sequestered at various Natiinal Trust sites throughout Britain, with clues given to their location.

The latest ad (see below), does indeed call it the “Cadbury Egg Hunt,” which the company apparently didto appeal to children of all faiths. But that angered Prime Minister Theresa May, who said this:

“I’m not just a vicar’s daughter – I’m a member of the national trust as well.

“I think the stance they [Cadbury? National Turst? Both?] have taken is absolutely ridiculous.

“I don’t know what they are thinking about frankly.”

“Easter’s very important. It’s important to me. It’s a very important festival for the Christian faith for millions across the world.

As the Mirror notes, Archbishop of York also complained, but, as you can see below, the word “Easter” is right there in the ad.What’s everyone beefing about?

Lord, what a tempest in an eggcup!  Anyway, here’s the Jesus and Mo take:

67 Comments

  1. Posted April 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Cos if there’s one thing that Jesus died on the cross for, it was so that there would always be chocolate egg hunts when the Easter Bunny visits.

    /Grania

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      😎

      cr

    • Posted April 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      To me, far better than dying to atone for humanity’s nonexistent sins.

  2. Posted April 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    😂 Jesus eggs!

  3. GBJames
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    This made me chuckle when I read it.

    Our neighborhood has sponsored an egg hunt for more than a dozen years now. Being active in the ‘hood, I got involved and early on got it labeled the Spring Eggstravaganza. There have been few complaints. Since the main backer of the event is an atheist herself, we just agreed that the right thing to do was to keep it secular.

  4. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Cadbury Egg is the name of the product, right? The eggs they’ll be hunting for are Cadbury Eggs, so this will in fact be a Cadbury Egg hunt.

    • barn owl
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Well now you’re just making too much sense.

      • Gordon
        Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

        It makes even more sense when it is noted there isn’t much room on the egg to put “Easter” without dropping several fonts

  5. Kevin
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of the annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Now I have. That is a successful ad campaign.

  6. Posted April 5, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Easter fun. Easter magical. Easter hunt. Easter products. Obviously, they were thinking about Easter even though the Bible does not mention eggs, chocolate or bunnies at Calvary.

    • Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Or fun. Though the Roman soldiers nailing that troublesome jew to the cross might have enjoyed themselves.

    • barn owl
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      Easter’s door swings decidedly pagan: the date is determined by phases of the moon, there’s the Germanic dawn goddess Eostre, rabbits and fecundity, exchanging gifts of eggs, etc.

      Most importantly, it’s the last Candy Holiday before the long dry spell that’s not relieved until Hallowe’en.

      • Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

        Ha ha. So I guess it should be the UK Pagan Council complaining, not the Arch Bishop of York.

      • Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        Eggsactly!

        /@

        • grasshopper
          Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

          Such a fuss ova eggs.

          • Jonathan Wallace
            Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:26 am | Permalink

            Ei ei ei!

      • rickflick
        Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        From the Middle Ages rabbits have been a symbol of fertility. I’ve spent a pleasant hour and a half perusing this image – the Garden of Delights – by Jheronimus Bosch: See how many rabbits you can find.

        https://tuinderlusten-jheronimusbosch.ntr.nl/en

        P.S. You can navigate a tour through the painting. Very well done.

        • Newish Gnu
          Posted April 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

          Hey, there’s a detail in that painting that was on the cover of a novel I read maybe 20 years ago. On the floating blue sphere in the middle of the painting are a man and woman doing headstands. (They kinda look like they are having sex whilst upside down.)

          Of course I can’t remember the title or author of the novel now but I was quite taken with it. It was set in Botswana. A somewhat eccentric and charismatic American had established a community run pretty much by Botswani women. It was partly about the international aid industry, partly about feminism, and partly about race.

          I always wondered about the image on the cover.

          • rickflick
            Posted April 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

            I’ve scene details of this and other Bosch paintings used in various contexts. Including book covers. The figures seem to lend themselves to it. Certainly they grab your attention.

      • jeremy pereira
        Posted April 5, 2017 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

        the date is determined by phases of the moon

        Yes, that would be because the date of Easter was originally set from the date of the Jewish Pesach (or Passover) and the Jewish calendar is based on lunar months. At some point in the last 1,000 years or so, the church, with typical arrogance, decided it was better able to calculate the date of Passover than Jews were, which is why it no longer matches up. But the lunar thing comes from Judaism, not any Germanic pagan festival.

        there’s the Germanic dawn goddess Eostre

        Who has nothing whatsoever to do with Easter apart from imparting the name and then only in countries with Germanically inspired languages. In other countries whose languages are Latin inspired, the word for Easter derives from Pesach e.g. French: Pâques, Spannish: Pascua de Resurrección, Italian: Pasqua,.

        Eostre, rabbits and fecundity, exchanging gifts of eggs

        I don’t think anybody really knows about where the rabbits and eggs come from. I don’t recollect ever celebrating fecundity at Easter.

        • Charles Phillips
          Posted April 6, 2017 at 3:27 am | Permalink

          Don’t forget Pasg (Welsh)

        • Mike
          Posted April 6, 2017 at 4:44 am | Permalink

          I understood that the latinate terms (Pasqua etc.) come from passionem (late latin past participle of “to suffer”).

          As for bunnies; I heard a very plausible (but unsupported by citation) theory that it is in fact hares that are referenced. Leverets are left widely spaced under minimal cover in open fields and the mother moves between her offspring feeding them one at a time. At about the same time of year ground nesting birds lay their eggs more or less on the open ground. Apparently people occasional y finding eggs in the open and then subsequently finding young hares in similar locations leapt to the conclusion that the bunny-like objects hatched from the eggs. Hence the link to Spring, fecundity, bunnies and eggs.

          • jeremy pereira
            Posted April 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

            If it were, the argument wouldn’t suffer. However, it has the same root as paschal as in paschal lamb and paschal candle. The paschal lamb is the lamb that is sacrificed for the passover meal and the theology of John’s gospel draws a parallel between the sacrifice of the lamb and the pseudo sacrifice of Jesus.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_mystery#Etymology_of_.27Paschal.27

            • jeremy pereira
              Posted April 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

              Just to clarify, the last post is only about the first paragraph of your post. I have no idea where the stuff about bunnies and eggs come from but I know they are not Biblical.

              • Mike
                Posted April 6, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

                Happy to accept the etymology. But I personally like the bunny hypothesis.

  7. tubby
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Clearly it’s Obama’s war on Easter. I heard it from Alex Jones, so it must be true.

  8. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t figure out how they get those eggs out of the rabbits…

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      Amazing what will come out of a ruminant on occasion.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      Yep. That used to seriously puzzle me when I was maybe 5 years old. Rabbits laying eggs? And the eggs were delicious chocolate not yucky slimy yellow things. And where did Jesus fit into this? Did he hatch out of one or what?

      Prob’ly some leftover pagan fertility festival, of course, like all these ‘Christian’ things…

      cr

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me that the Donald promised that, once he was Prez, Macy’s (and whatever department store replaced Gimbels, I guess) would start saying “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”

    Last I checked, no such authority was conferred on the president by Article II of the US Constitution.

    • Doug
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      You’re looking at a Fake Constitution. Trump has an Alternate Constitution.

      • jeremy pereira
        Posted April 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

        It’s a great constitution. the best.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      Since you raised the subject (Trump) I want to just throw out something at this late hour because I think it is important. After listening to all the news and updates throughout the day, I think the time has now arrived when we find out just how bad this guy is. He has absolutely no foreign policy and it has caught up to him. He has no idea what he is going to do on any of the really major problems happening – in Syria, in N. Korea or with China. He is like a lost child in heavy traffic and it is not good. We are really in deep trouble.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted April 5, 2017 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

        Amen, brother.

        That presser in the Rose garden this afternoon with King Abdullah of Jordan was scary. With all the stupid and phony crap that Trump spouts daily, it’s easy to lose sight of just how unqualified and incompetent he is, until he spills out a word-salad like he did today about Syria. It’s a national embarrassment and threat to international tranquility.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted April 6, 2017 at 7:47 am | Permalink

          If you have ever seen a fish, lying on the dock and flopping around…well, at least the fish knows what he is attempting to do.

  10. Sastra
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Hey, what part of “KEEP THE EOSTRE, Goddess of the Spring, IN EASTER” don’t these Christians understand???

    • Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      +1

    • Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      I’ve read that Eostre (or however the name is spelled) was or is a fertility goddess, and that bunnies and eggs are symbols of fertility. I don’t know whether that’s true or not but it sure sounds more sensible than bunnies and eggs somehow symbolizing Zombie Jesus.

      • E.A. Blair
        Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        Jesus isn’t a zombie. He’s a lich.

  11. veroxitatis
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Several articles pointed out that Cadbury’s original founder (John Cadbury) was a Quaker, and Quakers did not celebrate Easter, Christmas or other dates in the Christian Calendar. They felt that every day was a special day given by God.

  12. Angela
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I just love when Christians get all upset about someone messing with their Easter eggs and Christmas trees when these have nothing to do with Christianity. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

  13. Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Worth, perhaps, mentioning that Theresa May’s brand of Christianity is perfectly consistent with cutting welfare benefits to the poor and disabled, and with a rabid and arbitrary enforcement of immigration laws that is tearing apart families that have been here for a generation.

    But I’m sure she’d rather have us talking about chocolate eggs, than about Brexit

    • Richard
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      I just watched a fascinating documentary on the BBC about the effect of the benefits cap, which showed a woman bringing up her four grandchildren who was whining piteously about how she couldn’t make ends meet, couldn’t carry on and was thinking about shooting herself (just hyperbole in the UK, where guns are rare).

      The programme let slip that she was getting fifty thousand pounds a year in benefits (all tax-free, of course). Using an online take-home pay calculator, I discovered that’s equivalent to a salary of about seventy-three thousand a year. Looking at HMRC’s figures for UK salary percentile points, I found that for the tax year 2014-15 (the most recent for which figures were given) more than 95% of people in the UK had a total income less than that figure.

      But it wasn’t enough for her. Jesus Haploid Christ. What do these people want – half a million a year, a mansion and a Ferrari?

      • Posted April 6, 2017 at 1:39 am | Permalink

        What’s the relevance of the smug social-class bashing ?

        • Richard
          Posted April 6, 2017 at 2:10 am | Permalink

          Did I say anything about class in my post? I don’t think so.

          The relevance is that Paul Braterman’s post criticized Theresa May for cutting welfare benefits to the poor, and I pointed out that some of these people who are having their benefits capped (to the level of the UK average salary, so it’s hardly draconian) are anything but poor.

      • Jonathan Wallace
        Posted April 6, 2017 at 7:34 am | Permalink

        The implication of your comment is that the woman in question is typical of the people who have been affected by benefit caps. What is the evidence for that?

        Whilst it suits some political viewpoints to peddle the view that benefit recipients are feckless layabouts who are pocketing large sums of money and living the life of riley at the expense of the rest of us, the truth is rather different. Many people living on benefits are living in very real hardship and the arbitrary capping of their benefits makes this worse.

        There may be some unemployed people on benefits who are disinclined to work but again it is a baseless assumption that this is typical; many wish to work but for various reasons are unable to do so. Whether the parent is genuinely unable to work or not we should also recognize that the children in such families bear no responsibility for their situation but nevertheless suffer the consequences of the benefit cap. Since the cap is applied by stopping/cutting housing benefit these consequences frequently mean becoming homeless which in turn results in children being taken into care. As well as being disastrous for the children and very harmful to their lifetime prospects (thereby contributing to persistent multi-generational benefit dependence) this is also financially nonsensical because the costs of placing a child in care substantially exceed any savings made from the benefit cap. Being made homeless also substantially increases the difficulty of getting a job.

        So, Paul Braterman was entirely correct to point out the contradiction between Theresa May’s pious vicar’s daughter christianity is somewhat at odds with her doctrinaire policies which create hardship without solving the underlying problems.

  14. Linda K
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Somebody jeezusplain to me what “Sentamu” means?

    • Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      John Sentamu is the Anglican Archbishop of York.

      • Linda K
        Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

        Thanks! I should have googled….

    • veroxitatis
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      John Sentamu is the Archbishop of York (the 97th.) to whom Jerry refers in his article.

  15. E.A. Blair
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Consider also that eggs and rabbits as emblems of spring, and, for that matter, even the very word “Easter” are all stolen from pagan traditions.

  16. Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Easter eggs and bunnies have nothing to do with Christianity. Is she (Theresa May) delusional?

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Yes.

      cr
      (Well, you did ask…)

  17. Adrian
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    This is an crude attempt at marketing by the CofE. There was a bishop spouting on the BBC that the church had “Christian Easter eggs” (Google it) for sale in Tesco’s. According to reports they aren’t selling well and many other stores refuse to stock them.

    Cadbury say that there are thousands of references to Easter on their website.

  18. Graham Head
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    The Lib Dems had the best political reaction to it. They issued this press release.

    Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have got egg on their faces today. They both scrambled out eggs-traordinary statements criticising Cadbury’s and the National Trust for something they haven’t actually done.

    This is a eggs-tremely big distraction. I think we all feel poached by this whole sorry saga, but none of us more so than Cadbury’s and the National Trust, who have done nothing wrong and are right to feel egg-rieved by the criticism they have received.

    Happy Easter,

    Notes to Eggs – FAO Cadbury’s Press Office – please send free samples to 8-10 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AE.

  19. Posted April 6, 2017 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    A storm in an egg cup…

    • Posted April 6, 2017 at 3:13 am | Permalink

      Besides, Eostre is a pagan goddess…

  20. MKray
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    All this about Easter, and no-one seems to have noticed that both the major annual holidays in the UK, Xmas and Easter, are based on Fake News!

    • Posted April 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Xmas may be excused with fake news, but I think it is based on the Saturnalia.

  21. Steve Pollard
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    The CofE has form for creating this sort of spurious controversy. This time last year they made a fuss because supermarkets refused to stock Christian-themed Easter eggs (reason: because nobody was buying them). Last Autumn they made a fuss because a cinema chain refused to show an ad encouraging people to come to church to pray. The CofE must think they can’t lose: if their campaigns are successful, they might get more bums in the pew. If they receive mockery, or even better pushback, they can play the persecution card. Either way they get publicity. What they don’t realise is that they come across as whiny killjoys.

    The Daily Mash’s version of the issue is as good as any: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/cadbury-ignoring-part-of-bible-where-rabbit-gives-jesus-a-wispa-egg-20170404125383

  22. Posted April 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Chocolate eggs are about the only good thing about celebrating a supposed brutal execution.

    (Well, now that I have a friend who is obsessed with rabbits, maybe all the reminders of her, too. :))

  23. E.A. Blair
    Posted April 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Breaking news from the Vatican:

    Easter is cancelled for 2017 and the forseeable future.

    Yeah, they found the body.


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