The City of Urbana was closed for business Friday, not to mention numerous other governmental entities. The stated reason for taking the day off was that the city had declared its spring holiday.
Now it may just be a coincidence that Urbana's spring holiday fell on Good Friday, but I think not.
So why not just say the city declared "Good Friday" to be a holiday and be done with it instead of taking the position that the city closed for a spring holiday of undetermined origin?
Just more political correctness, I suppose, intended to spare the more sensitive among us from being offended or, more likely, pretending to be offended so they can hold a press conference and announce that they're offended.
Imagine the furor that would be declared if Urbana city officials admitted they were taking Good Friday off instead of pretending otherwise. The fuzzites would come out of the woodwork complaining about the newly established theocracy.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with declaring a religious holiday, like Good Friday or Christmas. It signifies no disrespect for other religions, and it is no insult to the non-religious either. People of other religions are allowed accommodations to meet obligations. Besides that, non-Christians and non-believers have the benefit of a day off. What's wrong with that? And if it is wrong, why don't we all just suck it up and go to work?
This, of course, is just like the Urbana Shool Board's decision a few years ago to change the name of its Columbus Day holiday on the grounds that Columbus was a rotten guy that they wish hadn't discovered America. Of course, he was a rotten guy, but so was everyone else alive during his time, at least when judged by contemporary standards. Guilt-stricken over the fact that they live in the United States now instead of Slovenia or somewhere else, board members bounced Columbus in favor of the fall holiday. The fact that it falls on or near Columbus Day, at least officially, has nothing to do with getting the day off. And don't we all feel better for being spared the truth?