A Fox News commentator and religious right activist is calling New York City’s decision to include two Muslim holidays on its school calendar “discrimination.”
Todd Starnes sees every attempt at inclusion and diversity as a direct attack on his interpretation of the Christian faith.Â The Fox News commentator and religious right activistÂ says Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s decision to add two Muslim holidays toÂ New York City’s school calendar amounts to anti-Christian discrimination.
Family Research CouncilÂ President Tony Perkins invited Starnes onto his radio show Thursday to discuss the issue. Perkins falsely claimed that “Christmas and Easter, two very prominent Christian holidays, theyâ€™re not on the school calendar, theyâ€™re called â€˜winter breakâ€™ and â€˜spring break.â€™â€
Starnes, a New York City resident, of course concurred.Â
â€œOh 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.â€
He did point out that ten percent of NYC’s student population is Muslim, but insisted that the City rename those holidays, to keep with the false claim that Christmas and Easter aren’t recognized except as “winter break.”
And Starnes used the false claims to falsely attackÂ PresidentÂ Obama as well.
â€œHow 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.â€
Of course, Perkins’ and Starnes’ claim is false, as Right Wing Watch points out, “Christmas does in fact appear on New York Cityâ€™s list of school holidays,” and “Easter always falls on a Sunday, which would explain why it is not on a school vacation calendar,” as you can see on the NYC school calendar RWW points to.
A few tweets from Starnes’ twitter feed:
Santa says I was not naughty this year! pic.twitter.com/Uk0Xv4d9PW
â€” toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) December 25, 2014
â€” toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 26, 2015
â€” toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 10, 2015
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Right Wingers Outraged Biden Hasn’t Delivered SOTU – Claim It Was Required by Feb. 20 – Capitol Police Issue Warning
Right wingers on social media are spreading misinformation, falsely claiming President Joe Biden was required to deliver the State of the Union Address, with some claiming a February 20 deadline. Their false claims and the fact-checking responses caused “SOTU” to trend on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
The outrage comes on the same day acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told the House Appropriations Committee right wing extremists, which she called “militia” members, “have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members” of the House and Senate “as possible.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not yet set a date for what would be a joint session of Congress. The President does not deliver a State of the Union address during his first year in office.
Despite the ignorance of the MAGA crowd and right wingers, the U.S. Constitution is clear, offering little in the way of expectations for an address to Congress.
Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 states the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
No date, mode, or even frequency is mandated. Earlier in U.S. history the President wrote Congress a letter.
Here’s a failed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey suggesting the Constitution requires a State of the Union Address. She claims she is “Asking on behalf of the Constitution.”
The President is Constitutionally-mandated to give a State of the Union address which has been Jan/Feb since 1934 by invitation of the Speaker of the House.
This year’s #SOTU has been listed as TBD.
Can we get an update @SpeakerPelosi?
Asking on behalf of the Constitution.
— Tricia Flanagan (R-NJ) (@NewDayForNJ) February 24, 2021
This MAGAite suggests President Biden is a “fraud,” and “unelected, illegitimate & totally unfit” because he hasn’t delivered a State of the Union address.
SOTU usually in late Jan or early Feb. Almost March and Fraud Biden a no show.
If Trump did this media would be hounding him.
Biden is unelected, illegitimate & totally unfit.
Rigged election 11/3/20 is looking like a worse crime all the time.#StopTheSteal
— Roger Thornhill (@RogerthornH) February 25, 2021
A Washington Times columnist falsely claiming President Biden can’t stand up long enough to deliver an address:
Biden isn’t healthy enough to stand in front of Congress for 60-90 minutes and give a SOTU and Democrats know it… that’s why they’re running cover for him.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 25, 2021
Former NRA spokesperson and pro-gun extremist thinks it was supposed to have been delivered “yesterday.”
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 24, 2021
No. The real reason is Grandpa Dementia probably can’t make it for 60 minutes or so to actually deliver a SOTU. https://t.co/WLllUECrl9
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) February 25, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene Again Tries to Block LGBTQ Equality Act Vote by Forcing Motion to Adjourn
The “QAnon Congresswoman” Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tried to block a vote on the LGBTQ Equality Act once again Thursday afternoon by calling for the House to adjourn, forcing every member to go the the floor to vote.
The move interrupts committee hearings and all other business being conducted by every Representative. The freshman Georgia Republican made the same motion on Wednesday, and received the support of every single Republican when the House voted 214-202 against adjournment in a wholly partisan line vote.
Today’s vote has yet to conclude.
On Thursday Greene, wearing a mask that read “Joe Biden is as useless as this mask,” suggested she was speaking for the entire Republican caucus who are “very offended” Democrats are “claiming” Republicans “had anything to do” with the January 6 insurrection. On Wednesday a CNN report confirmed that a “close ally” of Greene’s was at least present on Capitol Hill during the attack.
Greene Thursday also lied on the House floor, declaring that “the Equality Act is not about stopping discrimination. It’s about causing discrimination against women and religious freedoms.”
“I would like to motion to adjourn, Madam Speaker,” she concluded.
On the House floor, Marjorie Taylor Greene claims she was a “victim” of the January 6 insurrection she encouraged, then adds, “the Equality Act is not about stopping discrimination. It’s about causing discrimination against women and religious freedoms.” pic.twitter.com/6h7rCrpPxa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2021
199-219: House defeated Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) motion to adjourn for a second straight day over the Equality Act. It was party line vote yesterday. 2 Republicans against her motion today. pic.twitter.com/t4SkC9cEcm
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 25, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene Slammed for Attack Targeting Dem With Trans Daughter as House Readies LGBTQ Equality Act Vote
It’s almost as if Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wanted to prove why the LGBTQ Equality Act is so important, right before the House will vote on the anti-discrimination legislation that Green just days ago called “disgusting, immoral, and evil.”
Wednesday night Greene posted a video of her hanging an anti-transgender sign outside her office, smugly wiping her hands when the deed was done, as Mediaite reported. It was a rare move, not only another direct attack on Americans, some of whom Rep. Greene represents, but a direct attack on her House colleague across the hall, Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL), whose daughter is transgender.
Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called “Equality” Act to destroy women’s rights and religious freedoms.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 24, 2021
Congresswoman Newman had installed a transgender flag outside her office, after Greene’s ugly attack on transgender people and all LGBTQ Americans.
Our neighbor, @RepMTG, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is “disgusting, immoral, and evil.”
Thought we’d put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door 😉🏳️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/dV8FatQFnx
— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) February 24, 2021
Greene’s attack only served to make anti-LGBTQ discrimination more apparent. When the House debates the legislation, no one will be able to say it’s not needed, after a sitting Member of Congress literally targeted transgender Americans in a vicious attack.
There was also this attack:
As mothers, we all love and support our children.
But your biological son does NOT belong in my daughters’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams. https://t.co/ex0LXGHAew
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 24, 2021
Newman told New York magazine why she put the transgender flag outside her office.
“I’m going to put this flag here so you can see it every day and see about your actions and your hate and your disrespect. So that’s all that was meant to do. It was just making a statement.” She added, “You only let a bully go so long, and then you have to be clear and direct and firm — and I was.”
Support for Newman has been tremendous.
Democrat Marie Newman is the mother of a transgender child. Marjorie Taylor Greene not only got Capitol police officers killed, she is a very very sick person. She should be expelled from Congress immediately. https://t.co/rLowvqw3fe
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) February 25, 2021
Rep. Marie Newman has a transgender daughter.
Marjorie Taylor Greene just put up an anti-transgender sign right outside of Newman’s office “so she can look at it every time she opens her door.”
Disgusting. How is this not workplace harrassment? https://t.co/piZa1RAzGP
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) February 25, 2021
Rep. Newman, whose office door Greene’s sign is pointed at. pic.twitter.com/HwiPlK4uNJ
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) February 25, 2021
QAnon terrorist Marjorie Greene tried to block the Equality Act as a way to discriminate against the transgender community, so in response to such hate, badass Congresswoman Marie Newman installed the Trans flag right across the hallway from her. Badass. pic.twitter.com/AzCERviQZa
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 24, 2021
Rep. Newman’s daughter is trans, so this is a direct attack on her family. Despicable. https://t.co/o0WbC6ArU0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2021
It needs to be repeated…
Marjorie Taylor Greene installed THIS SIGN after Rep. Marie Newman put a Trans Equality flag up.
But Newman’s daughter is transgender… And now THIS 🤬
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) February 25, 2021
A comedian once made a joke about Barron Trump and Republicans screamed YOU DON’T GO AFTER CHILDREN HOW DARE YOU and now Rep. Taylor Greene is putting up signs outside her office and delivering speeches specifically to antagonize Rep. Newman’s daughter.
— Bilal Dardai (@bilald) February 25, 2021
Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel.
This hate is exactly why the #EqualityAct is necessary and what we must protect @RepMarieNewman’s daughter and all our LGBTQ+ loved ones against. https://t.co/4sfeyQlGLd
— Rep. Sean Casten (@RepCasten) February 25, 2021
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