Iowa Town Puts 'Good Friday' Back on Calendar

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Good Friday is back on the calendar in Davenport, Iowa -- only after residents made non-stop calls to city leaders.

City Administrator Craig Malin had changed the 2,000-year-old Christian holiday to Spring Holiday. He said he was following the Civil Rights Commission's recommendation to 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."

"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."

Malin did not bring the change to the council for a vote, which is needed for a change in policy. He was overruled Monday and Good Friday was resurrected.

"If you deny the idea of Good Friday then you have to deny Easter," Monsignor Robert Schmidt told ABC affiliate WQAD.

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