There is worldwide outrage among the Christian community following the head of the Church of England’s request that ‘Good Friday’ be renamed ‘Crap Friday’, claiming that this matches the events of the day more accurately.
Whatever religion you have faith in, or whatever country you are from, everybody knows the reason why we celebrate Good Friday, but just in case you have been living under a rock for years, let us explain. Jesus, the undisputed son of God, died on Good Friday, prior to him rising again on the following Monday. Christians named this Good Friday for years as they say Jesus died in their place and so they are now free to have a personal relationship with God because the price for all they will ever do wrong has already been paid.
The Church of England are not disputing that this was a noble act by Jesus, they are just saying that the fact he suffered on the cross makes it a pretty bad day overall. Some are saying they are missing the point entirely and should keep it the same. We wanted to gauge the reaction to this news, so we sent our reporters to visit people of different denominations and religious groups across the UK to find out what they think of the proposals.
A SpokesChristian from the Elim Pentecostal Church told us, “We are all for modernising Christianity but this is one thing that shouldn’t be changed. Good Friday is what Good Friday is and the Church of England should just jolly well leave it alone. Yes, we agree that it was probably a bit crap for Jesus himself, but for the millions of people worldwide who lived then, now and in the future, it was a good thing to do, therefore it should remain as ‘Good Friday’.”
Professor Clive Donaldson, leader of The National Atheist Alliance, explained their views, “I don’t know what they are talking about. What has Jesus got to do with bunnies and chocolate eggs anyway? As far as we are concerned, eating chocolate and fluffy baby rabbits can only be a good thing.”
Our reporter wanted to clarify part of the statement by Professor Donaldson by asking whether members of his organisation do celebrate Easter by eating chocolate, and why they eat fluffy baby rabbits. “I think you misunderstood, we don’t eat too much chocolate. But we do eat some – we don’t mind a bit of religion where food is involved.”
Ashraf Singh, Immam at a popular mosque in south-west Bedford, gave the Muslim opinion: “Having looked at this in depth, we have to side with the majority of Christians and say don’t change religious festivals. Before taking up Muslimism I went to look at several religions. The Church of England put me off Christianity as they sing old songs from musty old hymn books and have to repeat stuff a vicar says. At least in Muslimism you get to pray on a lovely carpet. I say keep it as Good Friday.”
The leader of the Church of England, the Very ArchedBishop of Canterbury gave this statement: “It’s about time people realised what Jesus went through. He suffered and then died on a cross. Murderers don’t even get treated like that. To call the day he died ‘Good Friday’ is blasphemous and wrong. I call on the government to change the public holiday to ‘Crap Friday’ so people can get an idea of the gravity of this situation.”
It hasn’t changed for this year, however there will be a debate over the coming months to see if a compromise can be reached in time for next year’s Easter celebrations.