Todd Starnes, the Official Persecuted Christian™ of Fox News, is at it again. (Actually, I should say he’s “still at it,” since this knucklehead never stops.) Now he’s upset because of a song that was performed at a Minnesota high school’s winter concert.
The holiday concert at Blaine High School featured songs celebrating a variety of holidays. But only one of those songs has Starnes upset: “Eid-un Sa’Eid,” a song performed for the second year in a row at the school, contains the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great.” Starnes was apparently busy being upset over some other form of Christian persecution in 2014, as this just hit his radar this year.
Starnes opens his report by saying “In Blaine, Minnesota, nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ like a Ramadan song.” He goes on from there to describe how students “had to sing a praise song to Allah.” Except that they didn’t have to, according to school officials. School district spokesman Jim Skelly told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that students in the choir, a number of them Muslims, chose songs to sing to celebrate their culture. Students have done songs celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa in the past. Skelly said that they are considering adding a Hindu song in the future. The district added that the song was well received by the audience, many of whom participated by singing along.
But this was all too much for Starnes, who climbed down off his cross to promote the event and his commentary this way on Facebook:
“The Islamic faith is accommodated. The Christian faith is marginalized. Because Todd Starnes apparently spells inclusion “m-a-r-g-i-n-a-l-i-z-e-d.”
Of course the know-nothings had to weigh in.
Rand must follow a Native American religion, since all others would be “alien” in the U.S. And of course he makes his point by falsely claiming that kids can’t “pray at lunchtime.” Why yes, they can. The school just can’t sanction it, or allow school employees to lead or participate in it.
But this exchange, between a commenter named Paul Koszut (note the cute profile pic of a Christian crusader) and someone who insisted on confusing him with facts, says it all about the people who listen to Todd Starnes:
Skelly said that the school met with 10 parents who had expressed concern. They also have received calls from outside the district (thanks again, Fox News!). At least some of those who were concerned expressed the opinion that Muslims are “the enemy.”
Let’s clear up a couple of things. Starnes doesn’t get why a school would do a Ramadan song on a “holiday” concert. Ramadan usually occurs in early summer, when U.S. schools are on vacation. Also, it is typical for schools to hold a concert in December which features music from a variety of holidays. Depending on when the performance is scheduled, Hanukkah is often over by the time that concert rolls around. But Hanukkah songs are still performed, and Todd Starnes isn’t out there screaming “persecution” over those.
The commentary concludes with Starnes wondering what Christian songs “they are going to croon during Ramadan.” Which is just stupid on too many levels to count.
Starnes is big on promoting fake persecution of Christians. But he doesn’t have anything to say about Iraq, where under Saddam Hussein, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world lived in peace. Since the Bush/Cheney war on Iraq, the country is now rated as the third worst country in the world for persecution of Christians. But no, Starnes prefers to get upset over a song.
Here’s the latest idiocy from Todd Starnes, via Fox News:
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