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Delegates to Oahu Democrats Convention May 11 narrowly rejected a resolution calling for the abolition of Good Friday.  It was sponsored by gay ‘marriage’ activist, convicted thief Michael ‘Bitchbear’ Golujuch, Jr. after Hawaii State Democrats passed a similar anti-Good resolution at their 2012 Convention. 

Here is the history of Hawaii’s Good Friday holiday: Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That? 

Good Friday is a legal holiday in the State of Hawaii pursuant to Haw. Rev. Stat. § 8-1. The day of the crucifixion was originally made a holiday in 1941 by the Territorial Legislature. The statute was re-codified upon statehood in 1959, and the holiday has been confirmed via Haw. Rev. Stat. § 89-1, the law that makes the establishment of public holidays -- among many other things -- a product of what the statute calls "joint decision-making" process between the government and the government employee unions (also known as collective bargaining….)

CB: Oahu Democrats: Female Hawaii Monarchs Dissed In Favor Of Good Friday

Opposition to Good Friday being a Hawaii holiday is nothing new.  In 1998, for example, Sen. Roz Baker introduced a bill that would have Hawaii make the first Monday in April "Aloha Day" rather than have a holiday tied to the Christian observance of Easter Sunday.

Baker's bill was submitted at the request of the Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church, a government and religion watchdog….

Asked about the Oahu Democrats resolution, Holly Huber of Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church said, "We applaud the Democrats if they want to change it, but there has been legislation introduced before and the Legislature will not do anything. I would not hold my breath on anything changing."

Golojuch said he was disheartened that Oahu Democrats did not adopt his reso, given that the Democratic Party of Hawaii adopted a nearly identical reso at its state convention last year. Golojuch said there was little objection to the state reso, and he wanted to bring county Democrats in line with state Democrats.

The state reso differs in two ways from the county version: It does not mention Queen Kapiolani, and it notes that "no other religion has its own State holiday."

Neither resolution mentions Queen Kaahumanu, the favorite wife of Kamehameha I and a politically powerful figure who pushed her people firmly in the direction of Christianity.

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Failed Resolution 2013-01 — To Honor the Separation of State and Church and the Female Members of Hawaii's Monarchy

Whereas, the Oahu County Democrats support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America as well as the separation of State and Church; and

Whereas, the separation of State and Church is one of the founding principles of the United States of America as it is found in the First Amendment as well as Article VI of the U.S. Constitution; and

Whereas, the State of Hawaii is the most religiously diverse state in the Union; and

Whereas, Good Friday holds no secular purpose and is solely a Christian remembrance and the State of Hawaii is one of only 10 states in the nation that observes Good Friday as an official state holiday; and

Whereas, the Oahu County Democrats are dedicated to gender equity and respecting and honoring our great State’s host culture; and

Whereas, King Kamehameha and Prince Kuhio both have State holidays to honor and respect their memories and contributions to the State of Hawaii; and

Whereas, there is not one State holiday to honor and respect the memories and contributions of Queen Liliuokalani, Queen Emma, Queen Kapiolani or any other of Hawaii's female monarchy; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, The Oahu County Democrats support legislation eliminating Good Friday as a State holiday and replacing it with a State holiday to honor, remember and respect the memories and contributions of Hawaii’s female monarchy; and finally be it

Ordered, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to each Oahu County Democrat that is a member of the Hawaii State Legislature, [as] well as to the Honorable Governor of the State of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Shan S. Tsutsui.

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A complete list of approved resolutions can be found on the Oahu Democrats web page.

Roz Baker shows up in this list also: Child molester back at work at Hawaii Legislature

Celebrate: Golujuch’s “aka Bitch Bear” myspace page and comment board and “Aloha Bears


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