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.