Bil Browning

Should Good Friday Become a National Holiday?

Filed By Bil Browning | April 07, 2011 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Good Friday, Mel Gibson, Passion of the Christ, separation of church and state

What fresh hell is this? The Campaign to Commemorate Good Friday as a National Holiday is holding a rally on the National Mall later this month to promote federal recognition of the Christian holy day as a national holiday. Good FridayApparently someone didn't get the memo about the government promoting one religion over another.

Best of all, they're showing The Passion of the Christ - a movie made by a racist bigot and widely decried as anti-Jewish - at the rally. That's gonna score them some points in the "What? We're not anti-Jew, we're pro-Christian!" category, isn't it?

Good Friday is a state holiday in eleven U.S. states including Connecticut, Texas, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina and North Dakota. State and local government offices and courts are closed, as well as some banks and postal offices in these states. Good Friday has been an official holiday and day of closure for Wall Street since its inception, with stock exchanges around the world and many U.S. and international banks closed in observance of the holiday.

Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, estimated in the year AD 33 by the Canonical gospels. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Resurrection Sunday.

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I would like a day off from work in April, something between the new year and Memorial Day. And we all know Christianity is special, Christmas is already a federal holiday.

"we all know Christianity is special" What a completely ignorant statement. The fact of the matter is that Christians believe they are special. Actually, Jews think they're special and Muslims think they're special and Hindis think they're special......

John R. Selig | April 7, 2011 10:37 PM

I think it would be much more appropriate to have a national holiday to honor the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

Never. At least not until Unicorns are declared the national meat.

I'm a federal employee and I love my days off. But I do not believe good Friday should be a federal holiday. Honestly, I don't even think Christmas should be. I don't think the federal government should recognize ANY religious holidays. Christians would be up in arms if Passover or Eid were declared federal holidays. We can't have all of them so we shouldn't have any.

Yes -- but we should call it "Lincoln Assassination Day" since the day in 1865 when Lincoln died happened to fall on a Good Friday. (He was shot on the previous Thursday evening, but lived until about sunrise the following day.)

This way, it takes the action out of the realm of favoring one religion over any others, and puts the decision clearly within the purview of American history.

I also think that the first day of April should be a national holiday. We should call it, "Father Gaye Shot Marvin" Day.

Sure, as long as Rosh Hashana, Id al-Adha and Ulambana are included as well....