I know its' a bad idea because the National Secular Society think it's a good one:
But that's not the only reason. If you scroll down a bit in the replies to that tweet of the NSS's, you find this bit of nonsense in response:Last April we called for the date for Easter to be fixed. Anglican leaders now agree it's a good idea https://t.co/604lwmhxNm?— Secularism UK (@NatSecSoc) January 16, 2016
It is remarkable that people still think that a festival that was first celebrated by Jewish Christians in the Middle East would do so to commemorate a goddess (named only once, by Bede) who was allegedly worshipped by the Anglo Saxons. The fact that only the Germanic languages use names like "Easter" might be a clue that that isn't where the feast comes from, when everybody else chose a name a bit like "Pascha" - coming from Hebrew "Pesach". The Passover.@NatSecSoc Amazing that they don't know the date of such a pivotol event, probably because it usurped a #pagan festival of goddesss #Ēostre— Graham Davis (@AgendaForReform) January 16, 2016
Which is where Easter as a festival really comes from. Jesus was crucified, we are told by all four Gospels, on or round about Passover. Passover being a celebration of liberation, God's work and God's love for enslaved and refugee people. Passover is a lunar festival. And that's why it moves around in the calendar year.
To fix Easter in the calendar is to take it away from our liberation story that reflects the whole of God's saving work - including the earthy, incarnational, often inconvenient fact that Jesus was a Jew, following Jewish customs, living a Jewish life in a defeated nation.
To fix Easter in the calendar is to make the convenience of modern life more important than rooting Jesus in the cycles of the sun and the moon - the two lights that God put in the sky to make out the calendar. It puts Easter into the realm of technocrats, tidiness, planners, project managers and administrative assistants. It also puts Christmas at risk of becoming the second-last Sunday in December, to make life easy for the people who run chains of shops. It's "fixing" Easter in the same way that we might fix a car. Or maybe even a tom-cat.
Let the Churches agree to celebrate Easter on the same day. Ideally, see if we can get it so it always agrees with Passover. And let it wander from March to April, from snow-times to bluebell-times. just as it always has. Let's have an awkward, inconvenient, unpredictable, Jewish Jesus. Not a tidy modern one.