It appears we have a peaceful resolution to the Easter egg crisis in Dearborn, Michigan we reported on earlier today. According to the Daily Caller, 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.On Sunday morning, Muslim leaders in the Muslim community stood together in solidarity in front of the Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn. 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.
As we reported, 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.
There was nothing misleading, but I am pleased to know the Muslim leaders in Dearborn realize the negative perception surrounding the area and Mr. Moughni’s actions did not help in dispelling those beliefs. It is a good thing when communities can come together. I for one do believe there are Muslims, such as my friend Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, who want liberty and freedom and the true coexistence of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
It is however imperative that the American Muslim community confront the issues headlong and finally do as the other two major religions have done, undergo a reformation aligning themselves with principles and values promoting individual sovereignty, not subjugation, lest we ascribe a more unpleasant inference to the literal translation of the word Islam as submission.