Bloomington, Indiana has decided to rename Good Friday and Columbus Day as “Spring Holiday” and “Fall Holiday” so as to be more “inclusive”.
The mayor, John Hamilton, told the local media the change would “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace”.
In Bloomington city 58.6% voted for Hillary Clinton, making it mostly occupied by left-winger.
Social media has responded to the change with backlash, and conservatives whining about it being an act of political correctness, reported BBC
The city’s Mayor announced the change on Friday in a memo to the city’s staff members.
“We are terrifically proud of our diverse workforce at the city,” Hamilton wrote, according to the Herald-Times.
“Diversity makes us stronger and more representative of the public we proudly serve,” he writes. “These updated names for two days of well-merited time off is another way we can demonstrate our commitment to inclusivty,” he adds.
Columbus day falls on the second Monday of October and it became a federal holiday in 1937 to celebrate Christopher Columbus arrival to the Americas in 1492.
Nonetheless, Columbus’s arrival marks the beginning of centuries of oppression for those in opposition.
Some groups have advocated to replace the Columbus day holiday with one which celebrates the Native American Indians. Some states do not acknowledged Columbus day, or have replaced the names with something more conventional.
Good Friday marks the day of Jesus Christ death, and is an important date for those in the Christian faith.
Good Friday does not fall under a federal holiday, but some states mark it as a holiday.
Many responded to the change of name on social media, mainly scolding the act.
Some post read, “How is the day Jesus died insensitive?”and another person wrote, “I’m guessing they will next rename Christmas to winter holiday”.