City in Indiana says goodbye to Good Friday, renames it as Spring Holiday

March 25, 2016 Atlanta – Attendants at the 13th Station of the Cross at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church celebrate on Good Friday. Attendants commemorated the stations of the cross along the pilgrimage downtown and reflected on issues at each station. Events continue over the weekend, and sunrise services on Easter could see thunderstorms, but the Stone Mountain service will be held rain or shine. TAYLOR CARPENTER / TAYLOR.CARPENTER@AJC.COM

Have you noticed that Columbus Day is slowly disappearing from calendars?

Now, at least one city is adding Good Friday to the list of holidays that are no longer considered “inclusive.”

The city of Bloomington, Ind. made headlines this weekend after Mayor John Hamilton announced the city would rename Columbus Day as Fall Holiday and Good Friday as Spring Holiday.

The reason for the change is to “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace,” said Mayor John Hamilton to the Bloomington Herald Times.

Columbus Day has been undergoing name changes for years with many cities such as Minneapolis, Seattle and others now calling it Indigenous Peoples’ Day or Native American Day.

On school calendars around the country, Columbus Day is often folded into fall break or fall holiday.

A few states have simply stopped observing Columbus Day.

But more than a few people took issue with a city deciding to do away with Good Friday:

It isn’t the first time a city has tried to rename Good Friday. In 2010, the city of Davenport, Iowa attempted to remove Good Friday from the municipal calendar and replace it with Spring Holiday.

The decision was quickly overruled, particularly after a negative response from the public, and Good Friday was reinstated.

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Mitch Bosworth
Mitch Bosworth

Give these morons enough time and they'll be renaming Christmas.


Let's rename "America," a "non-inclusive" proper name assigned by a cartographer to celebrate the voyages of the navigator from Florence (home-place of the Renaissance), Amerigo Vespucci. After all, Columbus never set foot on North America proper. But we all know that the whitish man coming to America was the original sin. Say the prissies who know nothing about history, but want to photoshop it.