I know one city administrator who should be fired. Not just for changing the name of “Good Friday” to “Spring Holiday” but because he clearly has no actual responsibilities to fill his day so he’s making up things to do.
One week before the most solemn day in the Christian year, the city of Davenport, Iowa removed Good Friday from its municipal calendar, setting off a storm of complaints from Christians and union members whose contracts give them that day off.
Taking a recommendation by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission to change the holiday’s name to something more ecumenical, City Administrator Craig Malin sent a memo to municipal employees announcing Good Friday would officially be known as “Spring Holiday.”
“My phone has been ringing off the hook since Saturday,” said city council alderman Bill Edmond. “People are genuinely upset because this is nothing but political correctness run amok.”
Edmond said the city administrator made the change unilaterally and did not bring it to the council for a vote, a requirement for a change in policy.
“The city council didn’t know anything about the change. We were blind sided and now we’ve got to clean this mess up. How do you tell people the city renamed a 2,000 year old holiday?” said Edmond.
You ever notice that diversity to these people always means that nobody can be different? But we all know what’s going on here. What is called political correctness is often just anti-Christian.
Think of the idiocy of this. You’re giving the day off to your workers for a reason so to deny why you’re actually giving them off is just brainless.
Make no mistake that this is where the country is heading. This guy just got a little ahead of schedule. Give it a decade pal. The rest of the secular progressives will be pushing for your brainless idea to become law soon enough.
March 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Deus meus, Deus meus…
March 30, 2010 at 6:08 pm
The video posted with the actual ABC news story reveals that it's not being changed to the stupid "Spring Holiday."
Who, exactly, does this Civil Rights commissioner think is going to be "offended" by the holiday? It's really nothing more than statism.
March 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm
Davenpit, just another place for the Tom Harkins' of the world to hide and plan the next step in their agenda. (The word, "agenda" is intentionally singular because in the grand scheme, there is really only one goal.)
It could be such a nice place, too. A lot of history in the Quad Cities.
March 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm
Sad, but what's the big deal exactly?
Everyone who cares still knows that the day is Good Friday.
March 30, 2010 at 8:21 pm
If it weren't for the fact that I live in DBQ, I would have thought this is where it was done. Actually, this is more like something the wackos in Iowa City WOULD do.
Not only would I fire the administrator, I would be calling for a few heaqds on the Davenport Civil Rights Commission to roll as well.
PS to Dr. George, a lot of us are doing our best to get Harkin to retire to his home in the Bahamas. Unfortunately no luck so far.
March 30, 2010 at 8:21 pm
Hum. Well, I feel like re-naming the Islamic version, Ramadan and Eid(the holiday at the end)…
Imagine the up roar….
March 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm
I recently worked in a public school district that decided having Good Friday as a day off wasn't politically correct. Instead, every April, they gave one Friday off and called it "April Break". It was purposefully NOT Good Friday.
March 31, 2010 at 1:14 am
At least they HAVE the day off, whatever they call it. I don't, and haven't for years (both in private and public sector jobs). Most people I know, if they really want Good Friday off, just take a vacation or personal day.
March 31, 2010 at 2:13 am
You people really are missing the point. It is Anti-Christian. An attack on our religion. Change Passover, Rosh Hashanah, First day of Ramadan, Cinco_De_Mayo. For that matter, every holiday should be erased from the calendar. Everything should be neutral so as not to offend ANYONE!!!
March 31, 2010 at 3:42 am
"And only when they made a holy day for God did they find they had made a holiday for men." – G.K. Chesterton
March 31, 2010 at 4:13 am
How is changing the name of the day in the public record an "attack on our religion"? Has the truth of the faith been harmed in anyway? Have people led to believe that Jesus Christ no longer rose from the dead because, well, there was never a Good Friday for him to die on?
The name was changed. Big whoop!
March 31, 2010 at 3:08 pm
I think harm has been done.
Truth has been obscured. Diminished.
Perhaps "we are at war with the spirit of the world" is overused, but we are none the less.
When the opposing general asks, in an ever so nice way, "Could you please take your banners down, they hurt the feelings of my people?", is the right answer "Okay"?
I expect hate-mail from english teachers over that last sentence.
March 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm
hey did anyone notice that they made the change to be more "ecumenical"? Isnt ecumenism supposed to be about eventual unity between Christian denominations (all of which would recogninzed Good Friday)?
March 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm
many cities are broke, running huge deficits and making deep cuts in services. Cities like Davenport should be considering the elimination of these unnecessary civil rights commissions.