Don’t Mess with Holidays or you’ll face the wrath of the People. That city officials in Davenport, IA found out This Weekend. Last Week the Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin took suggestion from Davenport Civil Rights Commission to change “Good Friday” to “Spring Holiday” and sent memos to city employees.
Well that set off a firestorm of controversy. Davenport City Hall fielded hundred of calls on Monday.
“My phone has been ringing off the hook since Saturday,” said city council alderman Bill Edmond. “People are genuinely upset because this is nothing but political correctness run amok.”
Alderman Edmond said the City Administrator went on his own and carry out the suggestion without the city council approval.
“The city council didn’t know anything about the change. We were blind sided and now we’ve got to clean this mess up. How do you tell people the city renamed a 2,000 year old holiday?” said Edmond.
By Monday afternoon City Hall over turned Malin decision and the phrase “Spring Holiday” came to an end.
Davenport Civil Rights Commission Chairman Tim Hart defend the change reflecting that today’s Davenport is diverse city.
“We merely made a recommendation that the name be changed to something other than Good Friday,” said Hart, “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.”
News on the change from “Good Friday” to “Spring Holiday” spread throughout the Quad Cities like a prairie wildfire.
Davenport city workers starting with the police told of their opposition. In particular city union contracts which spell out Good Friday is a holiday. They earn time and a half.
Davenport City officials calls the change an error.
“The City of Davenport will be observing “Good Friday” as a City Holiday on April 2,” read a statement released today.
“City Administrator Malin, in error, forwarded the recommendation to staff for further review and action, leading to release of a holiday notice with the holiday named ‘Spring Holiday,’ rather than “Good Friday,” read the release.