This is a minor story, as new stories go, but perhaps of interest here.
The City of Davenport will observe Good Friday after a name change sparked a holy war of words. The city Civil Rights Commission voiced a concern that calling the upcoming paid city holiday “Good Friday” violated the separation of church and state but the change to the “Spring” holiday had at least one alderman calling the move “political correctness run amuck”.
Last spring the commission sent a letter to city leaders concerned that observing Good Friday was in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
“We have no problem with a holiday, we don’t think the day ought to be changed or anything like the union contract ought to be changed in any kind of way”, Hart said, “but just call it something else to respect the diversity of the people of the City of Davenport.”
Second Ward Alderman Bill Edmond strongly disagrees with that idea saying, “We have had no citizen come forward and say they don’t like this.”
Davenport is Iowa’s third largest city and part of the Quad Cities metro area, located along the Mississippi River.
I grew up in a much smaller town in Iowa, and the school district has always given the day off to students, but about 20 years ago, to avoid any Church-State entanglements required teachers and staff to work that day, declaring it a teacher prep day.