The Easter Conspiracy

by Ed Sawicki - March 31, 2024

Mike Johnson'e Easter Conspiracy

It's Easter and the right-wing political machine is in full outrage, claiming that Joe Biden deliberately declared a day that gives visibility to transgender people on the same day as Easter Sunday. A clear slap in the face to Christians, right?

The International Transgender Day of Visibility was created on March 31, 2009 by transgender activist Rachel Crandall Crocker of Michigan in 2009—not by Joe Biden. This secular non-holiday has been celebrated every year on that date since 2009. In 2021 and 2024, Biden recognized the day, but did not change its date.

Easter is a religious holiday that is a “movable feast” celebrated on a date that is based on ancient tradition. The formula is explained well in the Wikipedia page below. It's always celebrated on a Sunday.

Anyone who has paid attention to our calendar knows that days of the week are in no way synchronized to days of the month. March 31 may be a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, get the point. To make it clear, here's a list of the dates of Easter Sunday since 2009. All are Sunday:

Twice, Easter Sunday and the transgender day were the same day. So, this outrage is over how our calendar works. I give this right-wing outrage a 10 on the wackadoodle index.

Additional reading

CNN: Republicans slam Biden for proclaiming Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter, though it’s yearly observed on March 31

AP: The Trump camp and the White House clash over Biden’s recognition of ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’

Wikipedia: Date of Easter

Wikipedia: International Transgender Day of Visibility

Newsweek: Fox News Host Counters Conservative Fury at Joe Biden Over Transgender Day