"It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors." --George Washington
This stuff always amazes me.
Davenport, Iowa, this week, where City Administrator Craig Malin removed Good Friday, the most somber of Christian holidays, from the municipal calendar. He did so without even bringing the issue before the city council, thus unilaterally renaming the day "Spring Holiday."
Malin claims he was just following the recommendation of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. Tim Hart, the commission's chairman, declared, predictably, "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."
Memo to Tim: There is no "Wall of Separation" in our Constitution. The truth shall make you free.
"The city council didn't know anything about the change. We were blindsided and now we've got to clean this mess up," said city council alderman Bill Edmond. "How do you tell people the city renamed a 2,000-year-old holiday?"