Yesterday, President Joe Biden officially proclaimed March 31st the “Transgender Day of Visibility,” angering many Christians as Easter Sunday falls on that date this year.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2024, as Transgender Day of Visibility,” read the official statement on the White House website. “I call upon all Americans to join us in lifting up the lives and voices of transgender people throughout our Nation and to work toward eliminating violence and discrimination based on gender identity.”

The statement ended with an invocation of God, adding insult to injury for many critics. “IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-eighth.”

Biden had actually proclaimed the day on March 31st of last year as well, making it unclear why he needed to announce it again this year.

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Many Christian theologians, academics, authors, and lay people expressed their frustrations with the president following the statement.

Valuetainment founder and CEO Patrick Bet-David put out a video condemning the action, arguing that others should do the same regardless of political party.

Former President Donald Trump’s national press secretary Karoline Leavitt had harsh words for Biden’s proclamation. “It is appalling and insulting that Joe Biden’s White House prohibited children from submitting religious egg designs for their Easter Art Event, and declared Easter Sunday as ‘Trans Day of Visibility,’” she told The Todd Starnes Show. She was referring to a flyer for an easter egg-painting contest for Children of the National Guard at the White House, which informed participants the eggs “must not include any questionable content, religious symbols, overtly religious themes, or partisan political statements.”

“Sadly, these are just two more examples of the Biden Administration’s years-long assault on the Christian faith,” Leavitt continued. “We call on Joe Biden’s failing campaign and White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe tomorrow is for one celebration only — the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“President Biden, in the knowledge that nothing he does will get him excommunicated, has gone full anti-Catholic with this one,” Father Calvin Robinson wrote on X. “It is not possible to be in the wrong body, any more than it is possible to be in the wrong soul. We are our bodies and our souls. The trans ideology is harmful to vulnerable and young people. Of course Biden supports it.”

“In my expert theological opinion, Mr. Biden has repeatedly demonstrated that he’s far more committed to the progressive faith than the Catholic one,” Catholic University theology professor Chad C. Pecknold told The New York Post.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed contempt for the motion as well. “We know that Christ is King and God will not be mocked, just like we know Joe Biden isn’t really the one calling the shots in the White House,” she wrote on X.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul also issued an official proclamation to recognize the Transgender Day of Visibility and declare the state of New York’s support for its “rich history of Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-Binary (TGNCNB) leaders.”

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, business, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane’s work here.

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