City Renames 'Good Friday' and 'Columbus Day' For Cultural Sensitivity

Daniel Pickert | November 22, 2016
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In the city of Bloomington, Ind., Good Friday has now been declared “Spring Holiday,” and Columbus Day is now known as “Fall Holiday.”

The name changes come as part of Mayor John Hamilton’s effort to “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace.” Controversy over the names began after closing signs were posted on the front doors of City Hall referencing the holidays.

“As a mayor, we are in charge of government,” he said. “We do not set religious policies, we are not supposed to be part of religion and we are just trying to make sure that our government is open to all people and inclusive.”

Bloomington residents have had mixed reactions so far.

“I think that it is a courteous and respectful thing to do for various populations,” Emily Nehus, one resident, said.

Dana True had a different reaction, writing on Facebook, “Why are we catering to a few who complain when MOST of us are fine with the names??”

Fox 59 posted a poll asking if residents thought the name change was a good idea. Out of 17,345 votes so far, it appears nearly 90 percent don’t like it.


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