In order to “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace,” the mayor of Bloomington, Indiana is changing the names of the Columbus Day and Good Friday holidays. Mayor Josh Hamilton recently announced- via a memo to city employees (who get paid time off for both holidays)- that Columbus Day would now be designated “Fall Holiday,” while Good Friday will henceforth be known as “Spring Holiday.” Hopefully that is generic enough for the tolerant ones. If not, the mayor will have to re-rename them “holidays,” or perhaps just “days.”
Oddly enough, no one ever clamors for renaming non-Christian holidays such as Muslim’s Ramadan, Hajj, or Eid al-Adha.
Anyway, the good mayor blathered on: “We are terrifically proud of our diverse workforce at the city. That diversity makes us stronger and more representative of the public we proudly serve. These updated names for two days of well-merited time off is another way we can demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity.” Well, except to Italians and Christians.
And, as for “well-merited time off,” no one can deny that you guys in the city’s government bust your butt for 32-40 hours a week debating how best to increase the taxing, spending and regulatory burdens on your citizens. That said, Columbus did discover America, which soon thereafter led to amazing levels of freedom and prosperity for millions around the world. And God so loved the world that He gave his only son to us, a son who, no matter what you choose to acknowledge, was crucified on Good Friday…not Spring Holiday. These, to me, seem like feats deserving of “well-merited time off.”
As Katherine Timpf of National Review Online stated, “Calling Good Friday ‘Good Friday’ isn’t forcing anyone to change his or her beliefs. It’s not offensive or controversial; it’s just calling something what it’s called. The fact is, people have the Friday before Easter off because it is a religious holiday for Christians—and no matter what you name it in city memos, that will still be true. Calling Good Friday ‘Spring Holiday’ isn’t being sensitive…it’s being inaccurate. And if you don’t celebrate it, then so what?”
And, as Todd Starnes of Fox News says, “Whenever you hear a liberal talking about cultural diversity and sensitivity, it normally means something insensitive is about to happen to Christians.”