Texas students harassed over Easter egg hunt in bible verse

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University of North Texas students said they were harassed for placing Easter eggs filled with Bible verses on the Denton, Texas campus on March 28, 2021. |

A politically conservative student group at the University of North Texas said they were harassed by other students for distributing campus Easter eggs filled with Bible verses.

On Sunday evening, members of the Texas UNT Young Conservatives chapter placed 250 colored Easter eggs with Bible verses hidden indoors around campus and pre-posted a social media announcement about the egg hunt. .

Kelly Neidert, a senior executive and president of the UNT section of YCT, told the Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday that they had hidden the eggs in part to celebrate Easter and as something fun for the students since the campus is subject lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19.

“My group decided we wanted to do this event because our school has very strict COVID guidelines right now, and we just figured pulling out Easter eggs with bible verses would be pretty fun for everyone and a good way to celebrate Easter without breaking our COVID guidelines, ”said Neidert.

Neidert told College Fix in an interview earlier this week that half of the verses were about Easter and Christ, while others raised Bible verses unrelated to Easter.

Due to the religious nature of Easter eggs, YCT members have come under attack on social media, including a UNT Facebook group used by some 9,000 UNT students, parents and alumni, a reported The College Fix.

Neidert said the group was often attacked for their conservative beliefs, but the religious aspect of the event seemed to provoke students even more.

“They’re obsessed with harassing us just because that’s what they love to do,” Neidert told CP. “They don’t like us being conservative, but I think it was probably a little more inflammatory in their minds because of the religious aspect. And they don’t feel included in one way or another … [since] It is a Christian holiday. I think that’s a big part of the problem they have with it.

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Easter eggs containing Bible verses seen on the campus of the University of North Texas at Denton on March 28, 2021. |

Neidert retweeted screenshots of some of the students slamming the Easter egg hunt. Some students accused them of throwing trash, while others called on the student body to stomp or throw the eggs. With reference to the Bible verses inside the eggs, a student wrote about Twitter: “Great! I had little toilet paper.”

Eggs were found around the campus with the Bible verse removed and condoms left inside.

In the past, UNT students have vandalized the YCT abortion memorial in memory of abortion victims. Neidert said she should have known that students would have the same response to Easter eggs.

Neidert showed CP screenshots of some of the students’ social media posts poking fun at the Easter eggs.

“After the eggs came out, we got a lot more feedback from a lot more of the students,” said Neidert. “They were trying to go and stomp on them. They said they were going to throw them out, and they just sent me nasty messages about the event.

Some parents of UNT students also joined in the criticism, saying the Easter egg hunt in the bible verse was not appropriate because not everyone on campus is a Christian, and suggested that the students should have filled the eggs with candy instead.

Neidert said many YCT students were disappointed with how the event went. But despite the backlash, she noted that some students seemed to enjoy Easter eggs.

“It seems like a lot of students picked them up and just just enjoy them, but I know some students were throwing them away as well,” Neidert added.

YCT is frequently attacked on college campuses statewide. At UNT last year, a petition to suppress the club for so-called “hateful actions” – racism, transphobia and homophobia – received more than 2,700 signatures.

In response to demands from left-wing activists to remove the conservative club from campus, Neidert issued a declaration on behalf of the YCT section last July.

“We are not a perfect organization, but it is clear that some people want us to be disbanded because we are conservatives. … ”, Wrote Neidert. “Everyone on campus, including us, has First Amendment rights. We will remain without apologizing in our beliefs.

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