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Why Easter never became a big secular holiday like Christmas

Why Easter never became a big secular holiday like Christmas

Christians from a variety of traditions will celebrate Easter this Sunday. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. For many Christians, including those from Eastern Orthodox traditions (who generally celebrate Easter later than Western Christians, as they use a different calendar), Easter is the most important Christian holiday of all.

But in North America and Europe, Easter has a diminished cultural force as a time for secular celebration — its wider cultural cachet hardly approaches that of Christmas. As Jesuit priest and writer James Martin wryly wrote for Slate, “Sending out hundreds of Easter cards this year? Attending way too many Easter parties? … Getting tired of those endless Easter-themed specials on television? I didn’t think so.”

So why don’t we celebrate Easter the way we do Christmas? The answer tells us as much about the religious and social history of America as it does about either holiday. It reveals the way America’s holiday “traditions” as we conceive of them now are a much more recent and politically loaded invention than one might expect.

To read more from Vox, click here.

Ronald Reagan: Statement on the Celebration of Passover and Easter

Ronald Reagan: Statement on the Celebration of Passover and Easter

Ronald Reagan, XL President of the United States

Statement on the Celebration of Passover and Easter 
April 17, 1981

This weekend, people across the world will join in holy celebrations, drawing spiritual sustenance from their worship. Here in America, religious beliefs are central to our founding principles. We draw special strength from our unity as a people who trust in God, and from the lessons for us and our children in our rituals.

Saturday night, Jewish people everywhere will sit with their families and friends for the celebration of Passover—a celebration of freedom.

Beginning with the traditional Seder meal, Passover is rich with tradition and symbolism. Its observance reminds us that the fight for freedom and the battle against oppression, waged by Jews throughout their history, is one of which all free people are a part.

Beginning today and culminating on Sunday morning, Christians will celebrate with their families the resurrection of Christ, His victory over death. We will remember that He gave His body and His blood—washing clean the faults and the shortcomings of the world. In our rejoicing we will renew the hope that is ours through the risen Lord.

Nancy joins me in extending to all who celebrate Passover or Easter our warmest wishes for a time filled with joy and spiritual fulfillment and our hope that one day men and women everywhere will be able to worship God in the manner of their choosing.

Ronald Reagan: “Statement on the Celebration of Passover and Easter ,” April 17, 1981. 

Mayor Taps Task Force to Study Campaign Finance Limits, Disclosure

Mayor Taps Task Force to Study Campaign Finance Limits, Disclosure

Here’s how Texas students are getting ready for the March for our Lives rallies over gun control

Here’s how Texas students are getting ready for the March for our Lives rallies over gun control

The best way to protect our children and students in schools is to beef up security, have armed security guards (see the incident earlier this week or late last week), and improve the coordination between background checks.

Moreover, we need dads involved and supported in their involvement in their family life and children’s life. The common denominator with these incidents, included ng the bomber, is that the perpetrators didn’t have an active father. And each of them had serious mental issues.

Sadly, the FBI and local law enforcement messed up in the Florida high school shooting.

Evidence proves that guns are not the problem and the legal use of them protects and saves people.

To read more from the Texas Tribune, click here.

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting

Citizens need to weigh in on the City Budget:

District 9 Participatory Budgeting is now in the cost estimation stage!

Check out our map at tiny.cc/d9map to see the projects that have already been proposed. As we receive cost estimates on your proposals, we will move closer to forming the first ever #d9pb ballot.

Citywide & District 10 Surveys

Citywide & District 10 Surveys

Citywide Surveys

SA Climate Ready is a City initiative aiming to improve the quality of life of all residents of San Antonio and make the city and its people better prepared to face expected changes in climate. This initiative will explore both mitigation strategies, aiming to reduce or prevent the emission of GHGs, and adaptation strategies aiming to prepare the community, municipal government operations, and other key sectors for the anticipated impacts of climate change. An essential part of this process is to engage our community to better understand the collective vision and priorities of our citizens. This helps ensure that the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will serve to benefit all San Antonians. The Office of Sustainability has created a survey focused on plan vision and priorities. To participate in this survey, click here.

Do you hate potholes? Take the City’s Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) survey regarding potholes in San Antonio: http://bit.ly/PotholesBaches

We appreciate your feedback!

 

District 10 Surveys

Here in District 10, we’re already looking “down the road” for repairs and upgrades. We’ve been hard at work reviewing and tweaking the 2018 street repair schedule, but we are always on the lookout for the big projects that can truly transform District 10. We’ve started a running list of future bond projects for consideration, but we need your help in guiding us to what District 10 needs most. Please help us determine what your priorities are for the future 2022- 2027 Bond by completing this survey. It’s not too early for us to start this process at our level.

We’d like to gauge our neighbors on their desire for a homestead tax exemption, for them to assign a monetary value to what they consider relief, and what services they are OK with being reduced in the City Budget in order to receive a homestead exemption. If a resident is not willing to cut services in order to receive a tax break, that’s valuable information. If a resident considers an extra $100 in tax reduction a real relief, that’s also valuable information. The results of this survey will help guide our office as we push forward with tax relief options for our residents. Please participate in our survey, here.

Runoff Election information

Runoff Election information

Early Voting for the Runoff Election begins on Monday, May 14th and ends on Friday, May 18th.  The Runoff Election will take place on May 22nd. As a reminder, you can vote in this election even if you did not participate in the Primary Election. Check your county elections website for voting information and locations.

Drugs or alcohol factor into half of Texas child abuse and neglect deaths

Drugs or alcohol factor into half of Texas child abuse and neglect deaths

Parents often can’t see how drug use impacts their parenting.

“A lot of clients say, ‘What’s the big deal? It’s just marijuana,’ and we tell them, you can’t be as responsible, especially to your baby, you can’t respond to your baby, if you’re stoned out of your mind,’” McShane said.

The number of Texas children dying from abuse and neglect decreased by 22.5 percent in fiscal year 2017, but half of the deaths occurred under caregivers using drugs or alcohol, according to a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services report released earlier this month. A similar report last year also found that half of the 222 children who died were being watched by a parent or caregiver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

To read more from the Texas Tribune, click here.