The outraged hosts of Fox News' morning show on Wednesday said that public schools should just "take the religion as it is, celebrate it and move on" after one Alabama school canceled all Easter-themed events.
Last week, WHNT reported that the principal of Heritage Elementary School in Madison had instructed teachers not to have events linked to Christianity because one classroom could represent as many as six different religions.
Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on Wednesday argued that schools should be able to have the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs because "it doesn't have anything really to do with Easter."
"Some people say the bunny comes from paganism or is a symbol of fertility or something like that," she explained. "Have we just gotten so deep into this political correctness that we now just can't take the religion as it is, celebrate it and move on?"
"What better way to celebrate Christ's resurrection than to hide eggs in your living room?" co-host Brian Kilmeade agreed.
"I don't remember a bunny in the Bible story," co-host Steve Doocy chimed in. "I feel sorry for those kids though they can't say East... the e-word. Well, what if the teacher wants to talk about that big storm that's moving up. You know, the [nor'easter]?"
"What about Easter Island?" Carlson wondered. "If they study that in geography."
In an email, a viewer named Carol told the Fox & Friends hosts that she didn't understand why the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs were offensive because the words "Easter" and "bunny" do not appear in the Bible.
"Ah ha!" Kilmeade exclaimed. "So the Christians' nonsensical use of rabbits clears it for being used, using the rabbit!"
"This is how it becomes so ridiculous," Carlson conluded. "Let's just call it Easter and move on. Next week, you don't have to worry about it."
Watch this video from Fox News' Fox & Friends, broadcast March 27, 2013.