A Fox News contributor and the head of the Family Research Council took to the airwaves Thursday to complain that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement adding two Muslim holidays to the New York City public school calendar “discriminates” against Christians.
In audio captured by Right Wing Watch, Fox contributor Todd Starnes told the FRC’s Tony Perkins that the inclusion of Eid al-Adha and al-Fitr “marginalizes ” Christians in the name of “tolerance.”
Starnes, who has an extensive history of attempting to create anti-Christian controversies where none exist and falsely reporting stories, agreed with host Perkins who said, “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.’”
Despite the fact that Easter falls on Sunday — which is not a school day — and Christmas is on the New York City schools’ list of holidays, Starnes was in total agreement.
“Oh yes!” an agitated Starnes exclaimed. “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.”
Despite New York schools also observing the Christian Good Friday, as well as Jewish holy days of Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Passover, Perkins noted that “something is rotten” in a country that predominately identifies as Christian.
“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,” Perkins lamented.
Starnes agreed, blaming de Blasio’s decision on an environment of Christian marginalization encouraged by President Obama’s administration.
“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.”