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White House Bans ‘Religious Symbols’ From Easter Egg Decorating Event

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The White House prohibited “religious themed” designs for its 2024 Easter egg art contest open to children of National Guard families.

A flyer stated egg designs cannot include religious symbols or overtly religious themes.

It explained the contest is part of a tradition where the First Lady receives a commemorative egg and last year youth-designed eggs were displayed.

“As part of the White House Easter traditions, America’s Egg Farmers – for nearly 50 years – have proudly presented an intricately decorated Commemorative Easter Egg to the First Lady of the United States. In 2021, the White House expanded on this longstanding tradition by displaying youth-designed Easter eggs in the White House East Colonnade,” the flyer read.

“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,’” the flyer added.

“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,” the flyer read.

Selected children’s artwork inspired by “Celebrating our Military Families” was painted on real eggs and exhibited.

Children were prohibited from designs that promoted “bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.”

“A teacher for more than 30 years, First Lady Jill Biden is continuing her theme of ‘EGGucation’ for the event, transforming the South Lawn and Ellipse into a school community, full of fun educational activities for children of all ages to enjoy,” the White House stated.

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