Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros Pushes Laughable Conspiracy About School Snow Days (Video)

tantaros-school-snow-daysAndrea Tantaros has made quite a name for herself by saying some of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. She’s so absurd that even fellow Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has had to call her nonsense out in the past.

Needless to say, she’s got quite an impressive resume of inflammatory and flat-out laughable comments even by Fox News standards – but she might have topped them all yesterday when she agreed with Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) that snow days are a massive liberal conspiracy to strip away religious holidays. (Let’s not forget that this is the same person who just a few weeks ago suggested that we shouldn’t even have public education because it’s full of nothing but “liberal crap.”)

It all started when Outnumbered co-host Jedediah Bila suggested that schools should start earlier so that if students are forced to miss school due to inclement weather, those days aren’t made up on religious holidays. This prompted Rep. Duffy to suggest that there was a larger conspiracy afoot.

“That makes too much sense,” Duffy said. “Don’t let any good crisis go to waste, and if you want to take religion out of the public square, look at Boston and look at all the snow and say, ‘What a great reason now, we can take these religious holidays out of our school system. It’s using the crisis to the liberal benefit.”

“I think the congressman hit the nail on the head,” Tantaros stated. “This is what happens when liberal academic Boston meets ethnic Boston. Take away from President’s Day or go a little earlier in the summer or even a Saturday. There’s other options but they don’t want those options. They would rather take away the religious holidays.”

This all stems from some Boston-area schools taking precautions for next year to avoid having to extend the school year by removing two Jewish holidays (Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur) and one Christian holiday (Good Friday) from the academic calendar.

Look, I get that there are some really religious people out there who take these days very seriously, and that’s fine. But I’m willing to bet the vast majority of parents and students view these days as nothing more than normal days off and proceed to treat them as such. So it’s ridiculous to ask every single student and parent to extend the school year out an extra week, or hold classes on Saturdays, just so that a handful of parents and students can observe these holidays. Especially considering the fact that if these parents feel so strongly about these days being important to their faith, I’m fairly certain school administrators and teachers wouldn’t have a problem with students missing class those days.

But to suggest that this is some liberal plot to attack religious holidays is just idiotic. It’s clear school administrators did the math, then figured that it’s better a handful of students miss one or two days out of the year than it is to force every student in the school district to attend classes nearly another full week.

This isn’t a conspiracy, or a deceptive liberal attack on religion as these paranoid individuals seem to believe – it’s just basic arithmetic and common sense.

Watch the brainless segment below via Fox News:

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  • Jim Bean

    She didn’t say it but I’ll bet she was thinking, ‘why not eliminate MLK day first since there are a lot more Christians than blacks and we don’t have any holidays for other races to honor them.’

    Can you just imagine the explosion that would have taken place on the Left, even though it would been a perfectly logical and fair proposal, if she had?

    • Shannon Thompson

      In Wisconsin where I am at, Duffy’s state, our school is open for MLK Day. Just a regular day up here I guess.

    • Cemetery Girl

      I’m trying to think if my kids had school for MLK Jr., and I don’t think they had it off. (At he beginning of the school year I mark what days they’re scheduled off, and that wasn’t marked.) I think they have Good Friday off, but only because they’re having spring break that week. I remember when I was a kid we didn’t always get Good Friday off. (My grandmother was Catholic; we would be asked if we ate meat at school.) Anyway, not every school will have a day off even if it is considered a holiday.

  • Pipercat

    Next nontroversy on the Gam Squad!: Trafe for breakfast!

  • Cemetery Girl

    I can only imagine the amount of middle class parents that would lose their minds if their kids were supposed to go to school on a Saturday forcing them to miss their swim practice/wrestling match/junior basketball whatever activities they have scheduled for their kids on Saturdays. (I’ll admit, as much as I hate when parents overschedule kids, my kids have swim lessons on Saturdays.) The sports parents will lose their minds if you tell them their kid is supposed to miss sports to go make up a snow day. You know what will happen? They’ll call their kids off. Same applies to summer. Instead of rearranging summer plans people just won’t send their kid.
    I think the option of making it up in the year or blizzard bags make sense. I know a lot of parents loathe blizzard bags. I know there’s a lot of work in them. (My middle son had 2 inches thick packet of papers.) At least the blizzard bags they aren’t having to go to school extra days.

  • Jen

    In my Midwest school district (with a very small Jewish population) I have always had to excuse my kids from school for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.