Do Christians have civil rights? Earlier this week, citizens of Davenport, Iowa were informed that City Administrator Craig Malin planned to change the name of Good Friday to â€œSpring Holidayâ€ on official city documents, per the recommendation of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. After the city and state grew appropriately outraged, the decision was reversed and Mayor Bill Gluba pled that the city move on to â€œmore important issues.â€ But, this issue might in fact be the most important.
Over the course of the past several decades, political correctness has been applied to protect the rights of communities experiencing discrimination, and that can be appreciated. The inclination to not offend your fellow man is as natural as wanting to catch someone who is falling. Itâ€™s inherent in us. But at what point do the scales tip, and the balance of political correctness shift towards infringing upon the rights of many, and their own civil liberties, for the supposed protection of a few? In Davenport, the scales arenâ€™t just tipped, theyâ€™ve gone missing.
Good Friday is one of the holiest days of the year for Christians. It marks the day Jesus Christ was crucified. And on the Sunday afterwards, Christians celebrate Easter, rejoicing in his resurrection. You do not have to be a Christian to understand how important these days are to those who worship the faith.
Imagine if this Davenport incident had been about the Jewish observance of Passover which often coincides with Easter, or the Muslim observance of Ramadan, which is also celebrated across our land of religious liberty. The outcries would have been louder, and the claims wouldâ€™ve included an assault on the motives of the person responsible. Were the decision-makers bigoted? Were they anti-Semitic? But in this case, it is actually a â€œCivil Rights Commissionâ€ making these ridiculously un-American assaults on a religion. The motive automatically gets accepted as benign.
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