Calling the Easter Bunny an “unnecessary distraction from the joy of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion,” the Polish government has announced plans to ban all Easter Bunny imagery this year, for fear it is marginalizing the true message of Easter.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Donald Tusk met with Catholic officials, including Kraków arch-bishop Stanisław Dziwisz, to discuss the proposed ban and assess the economic impact the move would have on Poland’s emerging economy, as well as how to handle any unforeseen unrest it may cause among the Easter Bunny’s most staunch supporters.
The ban is being fiercely opposed by the chocolate industry, especially Polish chocolate maker E. Wedel. The company is leading the charge against the draconian law, stating that “the government can’t possibly expect us to take this lying down. An attack on the Easter Bunny, and especially on chocolate, goes against everything that Jesus Christ taught us! He sacrificed himself so that you and I can enjoy our fine E. Wedel chocolates on the day of his death, as God meant us to!”