Really, Mr. President, really?
Your White House issues a letter recognizing every major Muslim feast day, scads of other religious, secular and cause-related occasions, and stays completely silent on Easter?
By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.
The White House . . . did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president’s weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter.
… In 2010, Obama was criticized for releasing an all-inclusive Easter greeting. He reached out to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and people of no faith at all in a statement about a holiday that is uniquely Christian.
Keith Koffler notes: “Last week, the President released a Passover greeting this month that compared the ancient Jewish exodus from Egypt to the Arab political awakening this year, which would be a beautiful thing if most Arabs didn’t seek Israel’s destruction.”
This really puts the lie to the Kmiec claim that our current President is especially sensitive to the importance of “religious dialogue.” When it comes to religious issues, he apparently prefers a monologue where all religions have a place – except, that is, biblical Christianity. I mean, if the President is half a Christian wouldn’t he make the slightest effort to ensure that Easter is not the single yearly religious day that isn’t mentioned?!
Yesterday, on Easter night, a wild storm hit DC. Eddie Kohan documented it:
Tonight was actually a warm, still Easter evening in Washington–until all of a sudden, it wasn’t. I shot these at about 8:30 PM.
A storm rapidly materialized in the Southern sky, and swept from the National Mall toward the White House. Instantly, there seemed to be lightning bolts dropping out of the heavens all around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue–and the wind kicked up dramatically.
A spectacular downpour started as the lightning built, with no preliminary drops; one moment it was dry, the next there was a gushing, blowing, massive water dump.
At least one of the lightning bolts hit the White House, apparently.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be particularly excited to have lightning strike my house on the day I decided to publicly ignore the most important Christian feast there is. Really.