Coming Soon To A Controversy Near You

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EastereggWell, now that the War On Christmas is over (By the way, who won?  Will there be a Christmas next year or not?), the next holiday to get all political is going to be Easter:

Gay families plan to attend White House egg roll

NEW YORK (AP) — Three months before the annual Easter egg roll at the White House, the usually festive event is already taking on a divisive edge because of plans by gay- and lesbian-led families to turn out en masse in hopes of raising their public profile.

The Family Pride Coalition and other organizers envision the April 17 action as a celebration that will earn good will and showcase their families engaging in the annual tradition.

"It’s important for our families to be seen participating in all aspects of American life," said Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler.

Naturally, the American Taliban isn’t happy about this.

On conservative chat rooms, some critics of Family Pride suggested the White House could make the egg roll an invitation-only event, as it did in 2003 when attendance was limited to military families. Other critics said conservatives should mobilize to outnumber gay families at the egg roll.

"It’s improper to use the egg roll for political purposes," said Mark Tooley of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy. Tooley wrote a critical article this week in the Weekly Standard magazine about the planned event that has circulated widely on conservative Web sites.

It’s "improper to use the egg roll for political purposes"?  Is he serious?  As it is, the White House endorsement of Easter is unconstitutional.  Now personally, I think the violation is de minimis and am happy to let that slide.  But when you start singling out Christians (who happen to be gay) from participating, then you’re going a bit too far.

Maybe Mr. Tooley thinks that gays shouldn’t be allowed to have money (since our currency is emblazoned with "In God We Trust").