Jill Biden's Easter Egg Contest Sparks Controversy: Ban On "Religious Themes" Raises Questions

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 20 January 2024 04:20 PM
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First Lady Jill Biden is hosting a "Youth Art" Easter egg decorating competition for children of National Guard members.

However, the contest has sparked controversy due to its prohibition of religious-themed eggs, despite Easter being a religious holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The contest announcement also indicates that the decorated eggs will be showcased during the Christian and Jewish celebrations of Easter and Passover.

The young artists are urged to create designs that mirror their everyday experiences as children of servicemembers. However, the rules explicitly state that the designs should not include "religious symbols, overtly religious themes." The guidelines further specify that the entries "must be consistent with the image and values of Sponsor," referring to Jill Biden.

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The competition, initiated by Jill Biden in 2021, will reward the winning designs by having them hand-painted on real hen eggs. These eggs will then be displayed in the White House colonnade, accompanied by the names of the victorious young artists.

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In addition to the prohibition of religious themes on the Easter eggs, the contest rules also forbid political, racist, obscene, or discriminatory content. Any content that disparages the sponsor, in this case, Jill Biden and the Biden administration, is also not allowed. Interestingly, the rules stipulate that descriptions of the entries "must be primarily in English."

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The contest also seemingly prohibits any submissions themed around Hunter Biden, with the rules stating, "The Submission must not promote illegal drugs or firearms (or the use of any of the foregoing)."

The contest was publicized on social media by various State National Guard units. The exclusion of religious-themed eggs was first reported by Todd Starnes and the First Liberty Institute, which posted a PDF of the contest rules.

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The contest announcement and rules excerpt reads:

"BE PART OF TRADITION: 2024 CALL FOR YOUTH ART On behalf of First Lady Jill Biden, The Adjutants General of the National Guard are asking youth from National Guard families across the United States and all U.S. territories to submit artwork inspired by the theme ‘Celebrating our Military Families’.

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Children should depict on an egg template (see Art Submission form) a snapshot of their life – a favorite activity, scenery in your state, your military family, a day-in-your life, etc.

Selected designs representing the unique experience and stories of National Guard children will be brought to life on real hen eggs by talented egg artists from across the country and displayed at the White House this Easter and Passover season."

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The contest rules also include a list of restrictions, including prohibitions on content that violates any rights of any other party, disparages the sponsor or any other person or party, promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or discrimination, contains material that is unlawful, promotes illegal drugs or firearms, includes questionable content, religious symbols, overtly religious themes, or partisan political statements, and is inconsistent with the image and values of the sponsor.

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