Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Dallas church was offended on April 5 because the Cadbury chocolate company dropped the word "Easter" from its annual Easter egg hunts in the UK (video below).
ITV News reported that Cadbury and the National Trust changed the name to the "Cadbury Egg Hunt." While "Easter" appears on the National Trust webpage, the event logo does not include it.
According to the History Channel, there is no mention of Easter bunnies or Easter eggs in the Bible, but the Easter Bunny is linked to German immigrants who arrived in the U.S. during the 1700s. Easter eggs are believed to be linked to pagan origins, although some Christians see the egg as representing Jesus Christ, who rose from his tomb in the New Testament.
Jeffress sounded the alarm during an interview with Fox Business:
One thing Britain and the United States have in common is our strong, historic Christian roots. As a Christian, I am not necessarily threatened by this at all, I am offended by it. But I've got some good news for our listeners today.
I've just returned from Israel, and I have the breaking news that the tomb of Jesus Christ is still empty, just as it has been for 2,000 years, and nothing a candy company does is going to extinguish that historic fact. That is the hope of Christians around the world.
Later in the interview, Jeffress blamed progressive secularists in the U.S.:
The founder of the Cadbury chocolate company was a devout Christian, and I think he would be rolling over in his grave over the thought of this happening: The separation of a country from its historical Christian roots.
And I think, at the very least, Cadbury is trying to make money off this by being more inclusive, but there's a more nefarious motive at work here. Progressive secularists are trying to separate our country and the world from its Christian roots in order to further their secular progressive agenda. That's really what's behind much of this.
A new poll by BBC News found that a quarter of Christians in the UK do not believe in Christ's resurrection, while 50 percent of the general public don't believe.
Forty-six percent of the general public said they believe in life after death, while the same percentage did not.
Twenty percent of non-religious people think there is some form of life after death, while 9 percent of the non-religious folks believe that Christ came back from the dead.
Seventeen percent of all people surveyed believe the biblical account of Christ's resurrection.
Thirty-one percent of Christians believe the biblical version, word-for-word, while 57 percent of active Christians believe the Bible version of the resurrection.