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Activists Want National Holiday for Good Friday

WASHINGTON (RNS) A small band of Christians is planning a rally in Washington, D.C., in a bid to make Good Friday a national holiday.

Organizer Sharon Jones, a New York-based missionary, recalled growing up observing the holiday in her native Britain.

She has scheduled a rally on the National Mall on April 22, or Good Friday. She hopes thousands will attend and watch a film about Jesus during the midday event.

“Growing up in the U.K., I remember nothing was open,” she said in an interview Wednesday (April 13). “It was a true day to just look unto Jesus and to say, ‘Thank God that we are saved by the blood.’ Now this is a perfect opportunity for an awareness of who Jesus is.”

Jones said 11 states and more than 135 countries observe Good Friday as an official holiday. She is circulating an online petition to Congress for a U.S. observance.

Supporters include Christian groups based in New Jersey, Texas and Washington, D.C.

- ADELLE M. BANKS, Religion News Service



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Chevy956

posted April 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm


Sure, I have no problem with Good Friday as a holiday, as long as we make Divali, Eid, The Buddha’s Birthday, Yom Kippur, etc. official holidays as well. Better still, lets keep the US as the secular, pluralist society that it truly is and was designed to be. I weary of the overly pious trying to turn every institution in the country into Sunday School.



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Henrietta22

posted April 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm


I’ve spent an entire life with going to school, going to work on Good Friday, and I think we should leave it alone. We Christians know what Good Friday means to us and Palm Sunday is next, and next weekend is Easter. We live in a mixed religious, and other belief society. Our Churches are open in the evening for Good Friday services and people look forward to that. Like Chevy said we’d have to have many days off to oblige others if we do this. This isn’t any other country this is America, and all people count.



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MH

posted April 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm


I’m all for new holidays. Let’s add all of Chevy’s to this list.



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pagansister

posted April 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm


Why? Christians already succeeded in getting Christmas off. If it was turned into a holiday—how many Christians would actually spend time in church? Not many. Leave it alone. Those religious ones can head to church after/before work. Whatever. Does Hannukkah rank a national hoiday for even one of it’s 7 days? No. So leave Good Friday a regular day. As mentioned above—we would have no work days if all the different relgions had their special days off. USA is not a Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Atheist, Pagan etc. country—secular folks. “Thank God” :o)



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nnmns

posted April 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm


Now we’re going to hear a lot about how put-upon Christians are with not having “Good” Friday off. I’m grateful for thoughtful Christians like Henrietta.



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jestrfyl

posted April 14, 2011 at 12:10 am


NO! This is a religious holy day and has nothing – NOTHING to do with national politics. Making Good Friday a holiday would rob it of much of its meaning. This is nothing more than an attempt to institute a theocracy. It is a foolish idea based on control, and has absolutely nothing to do with faith, care for strangers, or respect for anyone who is different. As an ordained minister I am completely and thoroughly opposed to this abuse of religion. These proponents are selfish, have limited self-esteem, and less self-control.



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Victor

posted April 14, 2011 at 10:08 am


Well, making Christmas a national holiday is working to strip it of all religious meaning. Perhaps this Good Friday plan will do the same. So, let’s go for it. It can become a major shopping day!



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cknuck

posted April 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm


jest ministers like you do as much to take the holy out of the occasion as these guys.

It brings to mind when the people tried to make Jesus king and He would have none of it, at the same time He is King of kings. We Christians celebrate a date which even though we are not sure of when we need to think about how we can do it without being like the shallow commercial world. We can worship anywhere anytime but it is our charge and commission to let the world know about Christ.



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Henrietta22

posted April 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm


Not so Ck, Jest is a wonderful Minister and man. He wants Holy to stay in the Easter season, not regulate it by a national holiday.



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cknuck

posted April 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm


H I have no doubt that jest is possibly a wonderful man but his stand as a minister leaves me with much doubt that his ministry has anything to do with Christ.



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pagansister

posted April 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm


IMO, jestrfyl makes a good point—-making Good Friday a holiday would rob it of it’s meaning—-as mentioned in another post—Christmas has, in some cases,been robbed it of the original meaning. AND we don’t need a theocracy, as pointed out also, by jestrfyl.



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cknuck

posted April 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm


We are no where near a theocracy, people who make that claim or assert that fear are yelling fire in a crowded building. There is no way G.F. is ever going to become a national holiday although thank God many people in our nation do give it holy reverence.



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pagansister

posted April 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm


cknuck, the fact that we’re not a theocracy isn’t for the lack of trying by some.



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cknuck

posted April 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm


the fact that we are not an atheist nation is not for the lack of trying by some, or a nazi nation or a white nation but the people have been heard concerning this nation because of the way it is founded



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pagansister

posted April 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm


Of course, cknuck. Good old founding parents!



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Henrietta22

posted April 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm


I’ve never heard another Christian of any kind make a statement about any other Christian denomination like you do about The United Church of Christ, Ck. I have friends who are United Church of Christ members and they have everything to do with Christ, as well as jestrfyl’s. Do you do this because they accept GLBT? Do you hold this belief because President Obama belonged to it? This article was about a British woman and her wanting to make it a holiday as it is in her UK. We have just given our opinions, that’s all. You’re right about one thing our Constitution will never allow America to become a theocracy.



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cknuck

posted April 17, 2011 at 12:09 am


I have nothing against UCC, it is like many churches today torn over homosexuality, torn to an ineffective entity, one that no longer effectively bring the kingdom of heaven to communities, they are torn between paganism and socialism. They are hardly in whole Christian. I disqualify jest because as a agent he does not represent Christ, but a pagan world and comes in disguise as a Christian minister when he believes in something else. He just doesn’t have the stones to be who he really is.



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pagansister

posted April 17, 2011 at 11:29 am


Tell you one thing, cknuck—-if all the ministers I had growing up were like what I read and have read in Jestrfyl’s posts over the years, I might have stayed Christian.



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cknuck

posted April 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm


There certainly would be no reason for you to become pagan, you are correct.



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pagansister

posted April 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm


No reason NOT to become pagan, cknuck.



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cknuck

posted April 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm


right again thanks.



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pagansister

posted April 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm


As I totally misread your post on 5:44 PM 17 April, my response was not what I meant to say. I would have stayed Christian had jestrfyl been my minister, as he represents what I respect in a minister.



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cknuck

posted April 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm


once again understandable pagan



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pagansister

posted April 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm


Yes, totally understandable to me also, cknuck. :o)



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