Indianapolis, Ind., Nov 22, 2016 / 06:02 am
Critics say an Indiana mayor's decision to rename the city's Good Friday holiday in the name of inclusivity ended up marginalizing Christians.
Mayor John Hamilton of Bloomington cited the city's diverse workforce and said changing the names of Good Friday and Columbus Day holidays would "better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace."
"That diversity makes us stronger and more representative of the public we proudly serve," he said. "These updated names for two days of well-merited time off is another way we can demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity."
City employees receive paid time off for both holidays. Good Friday will now be known as "Spring Holiday" while Columbus Day will be changed to "Fall Holiday."