In Davenport, Iowa, a city administrator released a recommendation to rename Good Friday "Celebration of Spring". The recommendation was published in the Quad City Times, putting the city on the defensive.
Bill Edmond says he and other city council members were upset over the apparent name change. Edmonds says they didn't know about it until they saw an article about it in the Quad City Times last week. (Iowa city says Good Friday is still Good Friday, Associated Press - 3/31/2010)They claim that for now, Good Friday in still Good Friday.
Not if the Freedom From Religion Foundation has its way. The group is pressuring the state of Wisconsin to remove all references to Good Friday on state holiday schedules.
The foundation's attorney notes that a judge overturned a law in 1996 that said agencies should set aside 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Good Friday "for the purpose of worship." In practice, government agencies closed at noon, which stopped after the ruling.(Group asks Wisconsin to eliminate Good Friday holiday, Associated Press - 3/31/2010)