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Theresa May has condemned the National Trust for allegedly airbrushing Christianity out of its Chocolate egg hunt.

The annual 'Easter Egg Trail' was re-branded to become the 'Great British Egg Hunt'.

Surprisingly, this matter was brought to the Prime Minister for comment, who launched into a robust rant with ITV in Jordan:

I’m not just a vicar’s daughter, I’m a member of the National Trust as well.

I think the stance they have taken is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t know what they are thinking about frankly.

People pointed out that they may want the event to appeal to non-Christians, given that last year Sunday church attendance accounted for less than two per cent over the population.

Regardless, here's the National Trust's website for their Easter egg hunts:

Easter is mentioned 14 times on the page, at present - however, it may have been amended since an article published in the Telegraph last night.

The Telegraph reported on Monday night:

The webpage makes few references to Easter, saying only that the event takes place over the 'Easter holidays' and mentions the 'Easter bunny'.

Marketing material on the Cadbury website does include the word 'Easter' but also refers to the event as the Cadbury Egg Hunt.

The National Trust said on Tuesday:

It’s nonsense to suggest the National Trust is downplaying the significance of Easter.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

We host a huge programme of events, activities and walks to bring families together to celebrate this very special time of year.

A casual glance at our website will see dozens of references to Easter throughout.

Cadbury commented:

It is clear to see that within our communications and marketing we clearly state the word Easter and include it in a number of promotional materials, including our website, where we do also promote our partnership with National Trust at this seasonal time of year.

We invite people from all faiths and none to enjoy our seasonal treats, which can be found around Easter time.

Easter's dates in the calendar for Christians were designed to align in the calendar with Pagan spring festivals, as a way of gaining more converts. That Easter dates are governed by phases of the moon, and that there's no celebration of Easter in the New Testament mentioned or commanded.

Nor do chocolate, rabbits or eggs bear any significance.

It's all a bit hypocritical and ignorant, if we're honest. Especially for a country that is less and less Christian by the year.

Anyway, while minister's daughter Theresa May feels free to condemn the National Trust on the wording of their Easter leaflets, here's a few things she's not outraged enough about to condemn.

Oh, but she got up in arms about poppies on England football strips (that were rarely featured on strips in fixtures on remembrance weekends in previous years).

Good to know what the priorities are.

HT Guardian

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