On Easter Sunday,Barack Obama continued perhaps his least recognized redistribution policy:the redistribution of respect. Not content to betray Armenian Christians,he insulted all their brethren in the faith. On Holy Saturday,Obama issued a statement on the Armenian genocide that studiously refused to admit the Muslim murder of 1.5 million Christians rose to the level of “genocide.” However insufficient the proclamation was,it was better than other American portions of the Body of Christ got. Barack Obama issued no statement for the celebration of Easter,the holiest Christian holiday,whatsoever.
Obama has made no similar slight against Islamic,Jewish,Hindu,Buddhist,Sikh,or Jainist holy days. He has not overlooked Nowruz,the Persian New Year reflective of Zoroastrianism. But the Founding Founders’faith and majority religion of most citizens of the United States no longer merits written recognition from the president.
Obama seems to have singled out Islam for special recognition and approbation. Last August,he hosted an Iftar dinner,where he declared his support for the Ground Zero Mosque. He released statements on Eid-ul-Fitr,Hajj,and Eid-ul-Adha.
A presidential statement commemorated Passover,which falls near the date of Easter each year. Indeed,the president’s staff posted Passover recipes on the White House website. (Obama has held a Passover Seder since at least his days on the campaign trail in 2008.)
Indeed,those celebrating the holiday need not be American to receive the president’s undivided attention. He has spoken “directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran”on Nowruz,the Persian New Year. His 2009 message was particularly subservient,telling Iran’s leaders,“We know that you are a great civilization,and your accomplishments have earned the respect of the United States and the world.”This year,he posted a slightly tougher (sub)missive on the White House website in both Arabic and Persian. (He has ended each message with the greeting,“Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak!”)
The president has no trouble taking pen in hand to recognize even the most exotic festival of non-Christian faiths. But the holiest holiday of the Christian religion got passed over.