The Mayor of Bloomington, IN is causing an uproar with his decision to rename both Columbus Day and Good Friday. The decision was made for the mayor said the previous names were “culturally insensitive.”
“We are terrifically proud of our diverse workforce in the city,” Mayor John Hamilton wrote. “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 inclusive.”
Good Friday, which is a religious holiday that many Christians and Catholics celebrate, will be renamed Spring Holiday and the controversial Columbus Day will be changed to Fall Holiday. Though Fall Holiday will still be considered a federal holiday, the decision to change the name was based on the dark history of the actual man Christopher Columbus was.
We can all agree that Columbus Day was an insensitive and inaccurate holiday for us to be celebrating. However, the decision to change Good Friday is a bit of a mystery. Many denominations of faith have holidays set to celebrate dates that symbolize their religious foundations and celebrations. This is yet being seen as another attack on Christianity and makes the line blurry between the separation of Church and State.
No exact reasoning was given as to why the mayor felt that the holiday was culturally insensitive, which has made many residents offended.
Would you be in favor for the renaming of Good Friday or other religious holidays?