Snow Days Are an Anti-Religious Plot, Apparently

Andrea Tantaros, as part of her plan to become ridiculous enough to make the big bucks like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin do, agreed with a wingnut legislator that schools having to shutdown due to excessive snow is all just a liberal plot to eliminate religious holidays from their calendars.

Over the weekend, Boston’s Fox affiliate reported that the town of Easton, which is near Boston, was forced to push the end of the school year to June 29 due to an unusual amount of snow this winter. As contingency plan for next year, the school committee decided to eliminate two Jewish holidays and one Christian holiday instead of extending the school year.

On Monday’s edition of Outnumbered, Fox News host Jedediah Bila argued that schools should start earlier to “avoid angering this religious group or that religious group, and let everyone have their religious holiday.”

But Duffy said that there was something more sinister going on.

“That makes too much sense,” the Wisconsin Republican quipped. “Don’t let any good crisis go to waste, and if you want to take religion out of the public square, look at Boston and look at all the snow and say, ‘What a great reason now, we can take these religious holidays out of our school system.’”

“It’s using the crisis to the liberal benefit,” he added.

Tantaros agreed: “I think the congressman hit the nail on the head. This is what happens when liberal academic Boston meets ethnic Boston.”

“Take away from president’s day or go a little earlier in the summer or even a Saturday,” she advised. “There’s other options but they don’t want those options. They would rather take away the religious holidays.”

All because one single school district proposed doing so if next year is a repeat of this year’s unprecedented amount of snow in Massachusetts. Overreact much, folks?

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  • John Pieret

    Take away from president’s day

    Why, you anti-American commie!

  • gshelley

    The school board should have proposed removing one of the days to make space for a Muslim Holiday. That would have really made their heads explode

  • Alverant

    Come on, have you ever known a christian conservative to let facts get in the way of a perfectly good wacky conspiracy theory?

  • Alverant

    OK how do you do strikethrus? I tried to put a line through “perfectly good” and it didn’t take.

  • eamick

    @4: <strike>whatever</strike> works for me.

  • Modusoperandi

    They’ve got a point. School should start earlier so that they don’t have to cancel holidays when the kids won’t be there.

  • eric

    I don’t particularly like the phrase “reality has a liberal bias” (it sounds a bit snotty to me), but when weather causes schools to give up vacation days and conservatives get upset about that, well, the phrase really fits.

  • kantalope

    Every kid I know, anywhere at anytime, would be totally cool with going to school on Saturdays as long as they get to celebrate festivus.

  • caseloweraz

    eamick: <strike>whatever</strike> works for me.

    Me, too.

    Hey, wait a minute — I wrote a “me too” post. Before you know it, I may be able to say, like John Madden, “Hey, wait a minute — I wrote a book!” I…

    I’ll get my coat.

  • theguy

    ““Take away from president’s day or go a little earlier in the summer or even a Saturday,”

    Why? So some tea-bagger piece of shit can blame us liberals anyway? I don’t play that game.

  • scienceavenger

    @7 I don’t particularly like the phrase “reality has a liberal bias” (it sounds a bit snotty to me)

    It is, but when we have mainstream conservatives taking positions that fly in the face of reality on many issues (eg evolution, climate change, abstinence, trickle down economics, etc.), and their reaction of tossing the “biased” accusation at us when we inform them of this, how else would you have us put it?

  • blf

    In addition to proposing a Muslim holiday as a replacement, the school board should take up the Saturday suggestion, but change the day — to Sunday.

    (Are hardhats enough protection from exploding wingnuts, or do you need a full biohazard suit?)

  • scienceavenger

    Don’t let any good crisis go to waste…

    This fucking stupid statement sums up the flawed view of GOPers as well as any. It amounts to saying we shouldn’t do anything to prevent future crises when one occurs.

  • felidae

    Ms. Tantaros seems to be a boundless reservoir of right-wing dumbcuntedness

  • teele

    “As contingency plan for next year, the school committee decided to eliminate two Jewish holidays and one Christian holiday instead of extending the school year.”

    “It’s using the crisis to the liberal benefit,” [according to Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)].

    Here in Michissippi, Lord Rick and the flaming liberals in the state legislature have apparently already eliminated all Jewish holidays from the school calendar! That means they’ll be coming for the Christian school holidays, like… uh… well, CHRISTMAS!!! Yeah! Even if it IS a federal holiday!! And all those other Christian school holidays, which I can’t think of right now!!!! Wait and see, next they’ll be forcing kids to go to school on Memorial Day, and even July 4th!! When they SHOULD make them go to school on Labor Day, since that’s just a commie-concocted day off for evil so-called “workers”!!!!!

  • jaybee

    Don’t let any good crisis go to waste

    … you mean like how GWB’s administration shamelessly used their Terror Alert color levels to milk the news cycle? Eg, announcing an alert during the Democratic National Convention to remind people who (supposedly) is really tough on terror. Yes, we know who the real terrorists are.

  • jnorris

    If Jesus wants school kids to have His Holy Holidays, then Jesus can stop making the fuckin’ snow that causes make-up days. Hey, Ms Tantaros, pray for Jesus to fix the problem He created.

  • kimberlyherbert

    The districts around me here in Texas actually do this. Several holidays are marked Student/Staff Holiday/Bad weather day. If they have to close the schools in a district, then that day is used as the make up day. No extending the school year which would be costly because came May and June the temperature gets into the 90’s and you have to cool the buildings or the department of health would shut you down.

    Most schools have these days built in around Easter and Memorial Day. A few years ago an ice and snow storm hit Houston and shut down my district. When they announced they would be using the built in Make Up Day – Good Friday. You would have thought they announced they were burning down the churches. Thing is the people who threw the biggest fits – were not the people who would be in church that day. They were screaming about their religious rights being violated in one breath and in the next talking about how they weren’t going to get to do completely secular family tradition like go shopping for spring dresses with their mother and sister.

    I actually told them they were acting like fools. There were two teachers who I know, would have actually spent the whole day in church. They didn’t yell or scream, but followed procedure and sent a formal request for the day off for religious reasons. It was granted. One of the fit throwers didn’t show up and called in sick. She was written up – because they had e-mail she sent detailing this great plan on the school e-mail system. (cue screaming about her privacy rights). I have to say the bad publicity did cause a change. Now Good Friday is a student holiday/Staff Work Day DMA Day (Translation 8 hours training but you actually take the training on your own time summer/weekends and they pay you back with comp day. IF you don’t you sit through 8 hours training and they don’t renew your contract). The bad weather day is either Monday after easter or Thursday before depending on the timing of STAAR test that year.

    Another nearby district had a flood between easter and Memorial Day. SO they had their make up day on the previously marked Memorial Day. The VFW held a protest outside the school.

    Some district here are adding a 3rd make up day Thanksgiving week, or end of Winter Break because hurricane season goes to October and is more likely the cause of schools closing.

    When we closed for longer periods of time Alicia (when I was in HS) , Rita (teacher), Ike (teacher) – The state just gave the districts a waver and we didn’t have to make up the days. (They did have a limit on the number of days). Honestly the only reason districts in my area got waivers for Rita was everyone hightailed it out of town because of Katrina. We were on the west side and had no wind or rain.

  • iangould

    “Take away from president’s day or go a little earlier in the summer or even a Saturday,” she advised. “There’s other options but they don’t want those options. They would rather take away the religious holidays.”

    Yes, hold school on Saturday – you know, rather than impacting on a Jewish religious holiday.

  • dan4

    How exactly is closing public schools for Christian/jewish holidays not the Christian/Jewish equivalent of “Sharia Law?”

  • kimberlyherbert

    Closing on holidays – it is a practical thing. Schools are penalized on their AYP (Federal Report Card) for many things including absenteeism.

    If you know people are going to take their kids out of school to travel, go to a family party, or go to religious services it logical to close the schools and not take a hit on those days.

    There are schools in this area that close down for Fair Day. It is the day the of the parade, the kids have livestock competition (earn scholarship money), and there is a steep discount on ride tickets.

  • dan4

    @21 Most school districts don’t close for Muslim holidays.

  • magistramarla

    When we were first stationed in Texas in 1993 we were shocked to find out that there was school on Memorial Day. We had never run into this before, and we already had plans for a road trip to see relatives and had reservations.

    We planned to simply pull the kids out of school, but the oldest, who was 16 at the time, had some important exams and refused to go with us. We wound up leaving her at home, with food and a car. She was fine, and (LOL) there was a meeting of the math/science club at our house that weekend. Our daughter was (and still is) a serious nerd like her father.

    Later, when I was teaching in Texas, I hated that there were “professional development days” on federal holidays, such as Veteran’s Day. It meant that the hubby and the kids were home, but I had to sit through a day of totally irrelevant speakers and films. It would have been more useful if I had been allowed to stay in my classroom to catch up on lesson planning and grading. The professional development that was more useful to me were the classes and conventions that I attended during the summer on my own dime.

  • samgardner

    What I love/hate about this sort of argument is that it shows the rank hypocrisy of their claim that they prefer local control (typically in the context of, “it’s not fair that the government not allow a religious community to force it’s religion in schools”).

    As soon as that local control does something they don’t personally like, they feel it needs to be stopped. Presumably the school board discussed it within the context of the local community, but somehow she feels she knows so much better what should have been done?

  • U Frood

    Which Christian holiday? The only ones I’ve ever seen get a day off were Christmas and Good Friday.

    As far as I know, the observance of Good Friday doesn’t involve any particular activities during the day. There may be a church service that night, but there’s no reason you can’t go to school during the day. Were I still a Christian, I might say it gives the wrong message for Good Friday to be a day off. It’s an important day, but it’s a somber day.

    Giving kids the day off just means they’re playing Call of Duty or Zombie Massacre all day.

  • caseloweraz


    “Don’t let any good crisis go to waste…”

    This fucking stupid statement sums up the flawed view of GOPers as well as any. It amounts to saying we shouldn’t do anything to prevent future crises when one occurs.

    I think that’s a jab at Hillary Clinton, who made a similar statement a few years ago (not in a similar context, obviously.)

  • caseloweraz

    So while Andrea Tantaros delivers a risible warning about a liberal plot to remove religious holidays from the school calendar, others of the wingnut tribe froth at the mouth over the White House celebrating a (non-Christian) religious holiday.

  • lorn

    Probably best that they don’t know that both the HAARP and Chemtrails mind and weather control systems are all run by the DNC.

    They also underestimate the devilish cleverness of the Democrats. They look for attacks on religion. Little do they know that the DNC has gets huge sums of money black mailing people with the power to declare snow days. This year it was the National Association of Funeral Directors that failed to make the vig. NAFD was all set up to profit from the DNC created snow and bus crashes. But the DNC snatched it all back by declaring snow days.

    Why did the DNC have so much snow dropped this year? That is, as they say, above my pay grade. But mums the word o the rest of it.