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Idiocy: Indiana city renames Good Friday, Columbus Day holidays to be more inclusive

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/23/16

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The US city of Bloomington in Indiana has renamed Good Friday and Columbus Day as “Spring Holiday” and “Fall Holiday” to be more “inclusive”.

Mayor John Hamilton said the move would “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace”, local media said. Bloomington is a traditionally liberal city. Its county gave Hillary Clinton 58.6% in the presidential election. But the move sparked a backlash on social media, with opponents condemning it as an act of political correctness. “We are terrifically proud of our diverse workforce at the city,” he wrote, according to the Herald-Times. “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.” Bloomington city employees receive paid time off for Columbus Day and Good Friday. Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937 and celebrates the arrival of explorer Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. The holiday falls on the second Monday of October. However, it has drawn significant opposition from those who regard Columbus’s arrival as a prelude to centuries of oppression.

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