Monday marked the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for those of the Islamic faith. To recognize the occasion, President Obama issued a simple statement that read, “Times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam — that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. In that spirit, I wish Muslims around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House. Ramadan Kareem.”
This, of course, also provided Fox & Friends hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Peter Johnson Jr. another example of Obama’s mythical war on Easter. Noting that Obama didn’t issue a proclamation for that Christian holiday, Carlson wasted no time in finding a way to raise the show’s well-worn concern over Obama’s religious beliefs: “Some people are saying is this an outreach to the Muslim world and why isn’t there an outreach to the Christian world.”
CARLSON: Some people said that they might have an issue with the fact that he didn’t issue a proclamation for Easter. So some people are saying is this an outreach to the Muslim world and why isn’t there an outreach to the Christian world.”
DOOCY: Of course the White House does historically have White House Easter Egg Roll, but they didn’t issue a proclamation they did for Ramadan just now…I think he did mention briefly in his weekend address that weekend Easter — in passing — but still, nothing big. It is Christianity’s holiest, most sacred holiday.
JOHNSON: I think the coming Easter you’ll see a statement coming out of the White House.
DOOCY: Oh during the election year?
JOHNSON: Clearly, it was a terrible terrible error.
While the hosts do point out that previous presidents issued proclamations and hosted iftar (fast-breaking) dinners, it seems they only reserve their anti-Easter proclamation for Obama. After all, former President George W. Bush never actually issued an official proclamation on the holiday. Nor did Presidents George H.W. Bush or Ronald Reagan. As for Ramadan, it was President George W. Bush who started the tradition of iftar dinners at the White House, hosting eight during his presidency.
But despite the fact that Obama hosted an Easter prayer breakfast, attended a Christian church service, hosts the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, decorates a White House Christmas tree, and delivers a Christmas address each year, the Fox and Friends hosts must insist that a released statement is proof of his proclivity for Islam at the expense of Christianity.