Iowa Town Changed “Good Friday” To “Spring Holiday”
Davenport Iowa has removed Good Friday from the municipal calendar and is now calling it “Spring Holiday.” City administrator Craig Malin (pictured) made the change and the city council says they didn’t know about it.
“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.
The Davenport Civil Rights Commission says this was done to reflect the city’s diversity and honor the separation between church and state.
“We merely made a recommendation that the name be changed to something other than Good Friday,” said Tim Hart, the commission’s chairman. “Our Constitution calls for separation of church and state. Davenport touts itself as a diverse city and given all the different types of religious and ethnic backgrounds we represent, we suggested the change.”
Malin has been overruled, and there will be “Good Friday” in Davenport, after all. Hart says there are no plans to change the name of Easter Sunday, but there were talks about changing Christmas.Click here for reuse options!
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