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March 30, 2010

Cultural Marxism Comes to Iowa

Iowa town:  from Good Friday to "Spring Holiday"

Iowa town: from Good Friday to "Spring Holiday."

More cultural marxism and its war on Christianity.  Iowa Secular Progressive culture destroyer wants to eradicate every last vestige of our christian roots from the public square, all in the name of…you guessed it…diversity!


One week before the most solemn day in the Christian year, the city of Davenport, Iowa removed Good Friday from its municipal calendar, setting off a storm of complaints from Christians and union members whose contracts give them that day off.

Taking a recommendation by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission to change the holiday’s name to something more ecumenical, City Administrator Craig Malin sent a memo to municipal employees announcing Good Friday would officially be known as “Spring Holiday.”

“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.” Edmond said the city administrator made the change unilaterally and did not bring it to the council for a vote, a requirement for a change in policy.

“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.  It didn’t take long for the city the resurrect the name Good Friday. Malin was overruled today and the words “Spring Holiday” disappeared.

Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus was crucified and died. Christians celebrate his resurrection the following Sunday, Easter.  The Civil Rights Commission said it recommended changing the name to better reflect the city’s diversity and maintain a separation of church and state when it came to official municipal holidays.

“We merely made a recommendation that the name be changed to something other than Good Friday,” said Tim Hart, the commission’s chairman. “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.”

“If you deny the idea of Good Friday then you have to deny Easter,” Monsignor Robert Schmidt told ABC affiliate WQAD.  Hart said the commission had no plans to change the name of Easter Sunday, because it fell on a weekend and government offices were already closed. The commission, he said, discussed changing Christmas, but decided enough other religions celebrate Christmas too.  Hart, however, could not name one.


Ain’t multiculturalism just grand!  The arrogance– and ignorance– of the cultural elitists on full display here.

Now repeat after me: Diversity Is Strength and 2 + 2 = 5.  Keep repeating that over and over again until you really believe it, Winston Smith.

But not just diversity, the good mayor also claims “our Constitution calls for separation of church and state.”  Really?  Where?  What clause?  There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution.  That doctrine is taken from one of Thomas Jefferson’s letters, and has been pushed by the anti-christian Left to insane limits the Founding Fathers never could have foreseen.  This Secular Progressive psychopath of a mayor unilaterally imposes his vile culture-destroying agenda on an entire town, all in the name of a Constitution of which he is clueless, and…you guessed it.. “diversity.”

The sad reality is the more “diverse” and “multicultural” our country becomes, the less diverse we are allowed to be.  Thus everybody is now forced into the closet lest we “offend” somebody in one of the Left’s protected classes (notice, however, that it’s usually the secular progressives complaining, rarely other religious or cultural minorities).  However, and this is key, the SecProgs only apply that rule selectively against Christianity because that’s their real target.  Thus our judeo-christian traditions, culture and religion must be relegated to the closet.  Good Friday becomes “Spring Holiday”, Easter becomes egg rolling day, Thanksgiving is now Turkey Day, and Christmas becomes Festivus.  That’s diversity?  It’s cultural annihilation.  When the social engineers of the Left were touting their new multicultural model back in the early 1980s, I don’t recall them telling us this is what we were signing up for, do you?  Rest assured they knew it all along.

H/T: paleocon


  1. Wow.

    First, I love the article points out that a portion of those upset are so because they wouldn’t get their day off. Enough said.

    Second – Davenport is home to St. Ambrose University (my wife attended college there). I BET the phone was ringing off the hook…

    Comment by Hominid — March 30, 2010 @ 00:51

  2. They have already backed off.

    A far more important issue is the student in Missouri who has been suspended for writing that he didn’t like Obama and wished he wasn’t president. The reason for his suspension? RACISM. Way to go academia, way to go.

    Comment by greyrooster — March 30, 2010 @ 14:28

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