March 30, 2010

Iowa town ditches Good Friday

... but quickly gets it back after citizen outrage. And why not? The folks who wanted to change it to "Spring Holiday" are idiots:

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."

The Civil Rights Commission said it recommended changing the name to better reflect the city's diversity and maintain a separation of church and state when it came to official municipal holidays.

"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."

It never ceases to amaze me that in the so-called "calls for diversity," the majority always seems to lose out. But consider the civic brain power of Commissioner Hart -- he says the US Constitution "calls for a separation of church and state." It does not. The phrase originates from Thomas Jefferson's famous letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. Worth noting is that "Jefferson's reply did not address their concerns about problems with [individual] state establishment of religion -- only of establishment on the national level." So, even using Jefferson's original letter doesn't back up Commissioner Hart now, does it?

And did Hart ever stop to wonder that, if the Constitution actually said "separation of church and state" (which, again, it does not), why do holidays like Good Friday, Christmas and Easter still exist as holidays across the land? Would they not have been litigated long ago -- and successfully? (This isn't to say that some haven't so litigated, like the lawsuit-happy Mike Newdow, but the legal track record of success obviously has been pretty dismal.)

Posted by Hube at March 30, 2010 02:19 PM | TrackBack

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