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by Ron Murdock -- Contributing Author [Email This Story]

"I'm completely in favour of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death." - George Carlin.

A few years ago a friend and I coined a term called logical absurdity. In a nutshell it means that people will believe in the most absurd things yet try to make absolute logical sense out of them. A case in point is Sunday shopping.

Most Christian groups claim the Sabbath is on Sunday. But some sects like the 7th Day Adventists swear up and down Saturday is the Sabbath. They claim Sunday retail closng hasn't any substance and is mans way of controlling behaviour. Which is a case in point as legislating morality doesn't work at times. An example is Prohibition. Real change comes from within a person and can't be forced by outside sources.

Some fervent believers have said retail stores don't need to work into the evening or on Sundays. But if all of us workers did the 8 am to 5 pm routine and retailers were open just during those hours, how would anyone find the time to shop for merchandise?

Another claim by Christians is that working on Sunday wrecks family life. It can't be much of a family life if spending a few bucks or working on Sunday causes a break up. There is a need then to look at some other underlying issues.

Where is the line drawn of Sunday shopping if one needs to be drawn? Preachers work, so why attempt to stop retail merchants in engaging inlawful and ordinary business? Would Christians try to stop writers, radio announcers, security guards, weather forecasters and bus drivers from doing their work on Sundays?

When grocery stores in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan opened up for the first time on Sundays in the winter of 1986-87, good righteous Christians complained loud and clear. But their actions spoke louder and more clearly when they went to do shopping on Sunday afternoons.

Actually I think these people are Christians in name only. They are mostly just busy bodies, do gooders or "spiritually correct" who want to interfere in as many aspects of life as they can.

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