Case in point. I get Columbus Day. After all, he’s just one more former hero who will soon go the way of the butter churn. But Good Friday? Adding it to the growing list of Christian and Western terms that need to be erased from the pylons and obelisks? Is there any other name for it, or holiday in the world that happens to be on that particular day every year? There’s a purposeful dishonesty about it, a whiff of good old Soviet style Orwellian newspeak. And since it is always aimed at one particular religious and cultural tradition – the Christian West – those who see some value there will naturally grow less and less happy with such developments. And they might be inclined to listen twice to someone who, however suspiciously, lauds the very traditions so many others seem hellbent on eradicating.
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