Starnes, Perkins Whine About Privilege Being Challenged

The New York City public schools, like any other school, closes for many religious holidays, most obviously Christmas. It was just announced that they would now close for two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. Cue the inane claims that this is somehow anti-Christian persecution.

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes appeared on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program yesterday to chat with Tony Perkins about what they perceive as growing anti-Christian persecution in America, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement that city schools will now close for the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha and al-Fitr.

The two right-wing commentators were outraged, claiming that New York City’s move somehow discriminates against Christians.

“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,’” Perkins said. Starnes concurred: “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.”…

An anguished Perkins lamented that “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.”

Starnes responded by claiming that Islam is being elevated over Christianity, and it’s all Obama’s fault.

“You’re absolutely right Tony,” the Fox News pundit said. “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.”

But as Right Wing Watch points out, Christmas is also on the school calendar as an official holiday. In fact, they get the whole week off, as is the norm around the country. Easter isn’t listed because it takes place on a Sunday, so school isn’t in session. This is how absolutely ridiculous Christian privilege is. It’s persecution not only when you try to challenge it, but even when you just allow any recognition of any other religion.

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  • parasiteboy

    Why are they not complaining about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur?

    Oh right Judeo-Christian values, I guess Meatball was right, 2 out of 3 Abrahamic religions ain’t bad.

  • Sastra

    As far as I know Eid al-Adha and al-Fitr — like Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur — are holidays which stayed close to their tribal religious origin and never co-opted pagan and secular aspects in order to drag in everybody. There’s a price for getting seamlessly mainstreamed into a culture.

    I was raised freethinker and celebrated both Christmas and Easter as secular holidays, same as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and 4th of July. Easy peasy. Jesus who?

  • matty1

    Never mind that, the real outrage is that they observe Clerical Half Day in June? Doesn’t everyone know Clerical Half Day is in July? Heretics!

  • matty1

    @2 I think that is hard to determine except in a Muslim majority country. I wouldn’t expect a minority observance to ‘drag in’ secular celebrations in an effort to offer something for everyone but I would not be surprised if in places like Malaysia the Eids are observed in a Christmas like way with gifts and decorations.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Idiots. Without your children, you’ve lost. This, like fighting PBS, is a fight they can’t win. You don’t go up against Big Bird, and you don’t go up against two more days off of school.

  • Taz

    Easter isn’t listed because it takes place on a Sunday, so school isn’t in session.

    No school on Sunday? Must be a Muslim thing.

  • raven

    Don’t forget the War on Easter!!!

    It’s on April 5 this year.

    Most of the War on Easter attacks are by, strangely enough, xians. Some xians don’t have holidays, they have Wars on Holidays.

    They know Easter is another Pagan holiday the xians stole. And the Pagans are stealing it back. They also have realized that Easter is named after Estre, the goddess of spring and fertility. Real Xians don’t call it Easter anymore. They call it Resurrection Sunday.

    Atheists call it Zombie Uprising Day among other names.

  • John Pieret

    It’s persecution not only when you try to challenge it, but even when you just allow any recognition of any other religion.

    But … but … Christianity was always the dominant religion and if you take away their dominance, you have to be persecuting them! Besides, if those other religions get noticed it must be because we’re letting too many of those brown people who practice them into the country and, before you know it, white Christian people will no longer be the majority!

  • theguy

    “something is not right there in New York City, ‘The Big Apple,’ something is rotten.”

    What, NYC is too culturally diverse for Mr. Dances-with-White-Supremacists Perkins?

  • Jared James

    Todd Starnes and Tony Perkins lie for a living, film at any time you’d care to mention.

  • U Frood

    We had Good Friday off as part of a 4 or 5 day weekend built in to our schedule. But most of those days were given up to substitute for snow days in earlier months. Good Friday usually survived (though one year I remember they made the Seniors come in for a useless half-day in order to fulfill the minimum school year before the preset graduation date)

    I don’t remember how it showed up on the calendar.

  • scienceavenger

    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’…

    So they are on the calendar, but they aren’t called what you want them to be called. Words fail me.

  • moarscienceplz

    I demand that schools no longer be on holiday for that infamous Druid holiday – Midsummers Day! Haul all those rugrats back into the classroom, even in their swimsuits if necessary!

  • vereverum

    @ Modus #5

    you don’t tug on Superman’s cape

    you don’t spit into the wind

    you don’t pull the mask of that old Lone Ranger

    and you don’t mess around with

    .

    sorry, your rhythmic phrasing just called up a memory.

  • Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy

    The way it doesn’t count that the Boston schools are normally closed for St. Patrick’s Day, aliased as a historical event nobody cares about? (I think they may be open this year to make up for the unusual number of snow days this winter.)

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