As Christmas season begins for countless millions of Christians in America and across the globe, Bloomington, Indiana, announced that it will no longer recognize Good Friday because doing so is insensitive to others.
President-elect Donald Trump expressed concern during the presidential campaign that Christians and Christianity were no longer welcome in parts of American society. He identified as a clear example of this growing anti-Christian bias that it has become politically incorrect in some circles to wish people, “Merry Christmas,” expressing a desire to see this secularizing trend reversed.
When these actions reflecting an anti-faith bias occur during December and late November they are often colloquially referred to as part of the “War on Christmas.”
The two most holy days of the year for Christians are Christmas, which celebrates the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, and Easter, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Good Friday is the anniversary of the crucifixion and death of Jesus outside the walls of Jerusalem in Israel around A.D. 30—the execution immediately preceding the Resurrection Sunday of Easter, which sparked the proliferation of the Christian faith across the world.
Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton announced this month that the paid holiday of Good Friday would henceforth be known as “Spring Holiday,” telling Fox 59 in Indianapolis (the closest major city to Bloomington) that renaming the 2,000-year-old holiday would “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace.”
Bloomington is the home of Indiana University, and has long been a hotbed of liberal sentiment in the generally conservative Hoosier State, a state which elected conservative Vice President-elect Mike Pence as governor, and where Hoosiers can order license plates featuring the National Motto, “In God We Trust.”
The town also announced that it would no longer recognize Columbus Day, renaming it “Fall Holiday.” There is widespread opposition on the Far Left to the anniversary of Columbus’s journey to the New World, characterizing it as a celebration of European imperialism, materialism, greed, and white supremacy.
Ironically, there is a subtle anti-Christian bias in this move as well. Among the first permanent settlers in America were the Pilgrims in 1620, who left all they had in England to find a land where they could live their lives individually and as a community in accordance with biblical principles, and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the peoples they would encounter in their new home. It is for this reason that religious liberty is referred to as America’s founding freedom.
America traditionally celebrates the holidays of various religions, recognizing events such as Christmas and Easter as national holidays since the founding of the nation.
Ken Klukowski is senior legal editor for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.