If you live in New York City and have been feeling unusually oppressed this week, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes says he knows the reason: The city just added two Muslim holidays to its list of days the city schools will be closed. The two holidays,?Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, will now be added to the school calendar, according to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Starnes, who is often called upon whenever Fox or some other right wing media outlet needs an amen chorus for its bilge, said he maintains that this constitutes discrimination against Christians. Starnes was talking to fellow religious extremist Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, and Perkins began by saying:
?But yet when it comes to Christmas and Easter, two very prominent Christian holidays, they’re not on the school calendar, they’re called ?winter break? and ?spring break.”
Playing the role of obedient lap dog to a tee, Starnes agreed wholeheartedly with Perkins:
?Oh yes. For the sake of tolerance and diversity, that normally means the Christians are going to be discriminated against or their holidays are going to be minimalized.?
Does either one if these rocket scientists realize that Easter falls on a Sunday?! And if either had bothered to do a fact check, they would have found Christmas is on the list of approved holidays, too. As is Good Friday. Along with the Jewish high holidays of?Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and Passover. But no need to let facts stand in the way of some good old fashioned faux outrage.
Perkins then led the discussion to a larger commentary on how oppressed Christians are in the United States:
?When 85 percent of the population identifies as Christian but we can’t have a Christmas holiday because it’s religious but yet we can have Muslim holidays, something is not right there in New York City, ?The Big Apple,? something is rotten.?
Well if a right wing complainer is in need of a villain, no matter the situation, who do they inevitably turn to? Yep, gotta be Obama’s fault, as Starnes claimed:
?How many times have we seen this, where the Islamic faith is being given accommodation and the Christian faith and other religious faiths are being marginalized, not just in the public workspace but also through the Obama administration.?
I suppose I could be angry about this kind of stupidity, but I’m far too busy laughing to be mad.