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Easter Bunny, also know as Free-range Easter Hare or Rabbit a la Pascha is a traditional holiday meal prepared during the celebration of the far-fetched holiday known in Judeo-Christian society as Easter. As the holiday focuses on the brutal death and inexplicable rebirth of Jesus Christ, so too does tradition dictate the slaying of a rabbit. Only the rabbit doesn't resurrect itself; it is consumed by good, wholesome Christians in celebration of Christ's life. Or death.. or something.
Origins and Customs
Similar to the origins of Christianity, no man can say exactly where the traditional bunny feast began. Also similar to Christianity, no one really minds the fact that it's origins cannot be traced; the traditional rabbit slaying has become a jovial occasion, so much so that blindly following the practice has become a commonplace.
Each year, on a Sunday in April (dictated by the Pope at some point prior to April), the youngest member of a good Christian family is sent into the closest forest and told not to return without a dead rabbit in-hand. After stalking, slaying, skinning and gutting the animal, it is also the youth's responsibility to prepare a four-course meal with the bunny as it's centerpiece. In doing so, according to Christian Easter Law, the young person becomes a more devout follower of Christ, and a more popular student in school. After the meal, the family prays, sings songs, and thanks Christ once more for dying for the sins of man.
In order to avoid debates over religious freedoms, law enforcement agencies allow the young Christian hare-seekers to roam wooded areas freely, and generally do not respond to emergency calls involving missing persons until the week following the Easter holiday. It is generally agreed upon in most Christian communities that if a child is not fit enough to capture the Easter Bunny, he or she is altogether incapable of fully serving the lord.
The feast of the Easter Bunny can be prepared any way the family's youngest member sees fit (as long as a vague religious theme can be applied to the dish). Below are the more common forms of Easter Bunny entrées:
|Fried Rabbit Soufflé||The rabbit is diced into tiny pieces and injected into a puff pastry. The pastry is slowly inflated, giving it a domed, cake-like appearance.||As the flaky, fluffy pastry rises, so too shall we remember the body of the lord, or the son of the lord, rising, also. --Luke 12:27|
|Broiled Hare Gumbo||The rabbit is grilled upon an open flame. It is then manually dissected and placed within a stew of choice (generally consisting of vegetables, rice, and host wafers).||And lo, an angel did come before Isaac, and unto Isaac he did say: 'Go unto the bayou, oh son of man, and grilluth to perfection thy hare of choice. But whence you have finished, place yon bunny within a kettlepot, adorned with vegetables or rice.. or host wafers.. and do so serve him, at thy Easter feast.' --Leviticus 10:14-18|
|Pickled Easter Surprise||The vinegar-soaked rabbit is prepared in a manner known only to the chef.||It's great for rabbit, but this is a really tasty way to prepare any type of mammal, and its fun too! --Martha, 11:51|
|Stuffed Rabbit Artichokes||Hollowed, hallowed artichokes are filled with chunked rabbit meat. Generally garnished with parsnips and served with a side of mashed potato and pino grigio communion wine.||And unto his children did sayeth the Lord: Don't you people realize how insanely improbable this religion is?! --Revelations, 1:01|
Though any of the above methods are acceptable for the Easter feast, the finished product must be palatable. If strictly interpreted, the Bible states that a poorly prepared Easter Bunny is punishable by stoning.
In Popular Culture
The slaying of the Easter Bunny became such a popular event in Christianity that naturally, other religions became interested in the practice. Eventually, rabbit killings became so popular that Christian awareness programs began to spring up across the nation. As such, every year near Easter, men in giant rabbit suits visit malls across the nation, preaching the words of Jesus and warning children of other religions not to meddle in theology that doesn't belong to them.
After these sermons, photo opportunities are generally granted to to the pious.
Over the years, organizations like Heathens Who Hate Jesus and Godless Idiots Who are Definitely Going to Hell have spoken out against Christianity (and, tacitly, the practice of slaying bunnies to celebrate Easter). Their cries of animal cruelty have fallen on deaf ears, however, as Christians are mandated by God to worship him however they think the Bible tells them to. This methodology also renders Christians exempt from legal prosecution and prison sentences.