Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes appeared on the "Washington Watch" radio program yesterday and complained about New York City schools recognizing Muslim holidays.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently said that public schools in the Big Apple will close for Eid al-Adha and al-Fitr, which are Muslim holidays.
Starnes and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, both conservative Christians, claimed that recognition of Muslim holidays in New York City schools was unfair to Christians, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"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 complained.
"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," Starnes added.
However, both Perkins and Starnes failed to mention that Easter is always on a Sunday, which is why the schools don't take the day off. Christmas actually does appear on the New York City Department of Education list of school holidays as part of "winter break."
New York City schools are also closed for other Christian and Jewish holidays: Good Friday, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Passover.
Both Perkins and Starnes tried to blame President Barack Obama for the choices made by de Blasio, but failed to provide any proof.