Fox ‘News’ and the ‘War on Easter’
Words cannot express just how dumb this is.
Roll the tape:
They’ve been doing this all week, too. A sampling:
On March 21, O’Reilly lambasted President Obama and the White House for empowering “secular progressives” to pressure school districts around the country to eliminate terms like “Easter bunny” and “Easter egg.” O’Reilly complained that “the war on Judeo-Christian tradition continues in some public school districts,” citing districts in five states that he said “are having Spring egg events. Moderated by a Spring bunny”:
O’REILLY: I know it’s stupid. You know it’s stupid. But it’s happening, and there is a reason why it’s happening. Secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White House. They feel unchained, liberated and they are trying to diminish any form of religion. The goal is to marginalize religious opposition to secular programs.
March 27: Fox’s coverage of the “War on Easter” came to a head when it dedicated six segments to the so-called “War.” Fox’s early show, Fox & Friends First, covered the Alabama middle school’s decision twice, asking the audience to weigh in on the supposed controversy.
On Fox & Friends, the co-hosts also commented on the Alabama middle school’s decision to remove “Easter” from school activities. In the first segment, co-host Brian Kilmeade reacted to a clip of the principal explaining why she made the decision to drop the word “Easter,” asking if she was nine years old because of how she spoke. Co-host Gretchen Carlson wondered why using the word “Easter” was concerning at all:
CARLSON: I just always love to know who complains about this. Because if you’re talking about Passover this week, and you’re talking about Easter, I think those are the only two religious holidays this week. Correct me if I am wrong. So if you include both of them what’s the big deal? I guess if you believe in nothing, then you would be one that might criticize, saying either of those two words. But then, can’t you just leave the option out there for people if they believe in nothing to just - okay you believe in nothing. I just don’t understand when people get their undies in a bundle.
I apologize to anyone who got dumber after reading this.