Getting a Car fixed or your prescription filled? Not on Sunday!
Basic functions of modern secular society roll to a halt on the christian “Sabbath” even when people are in desperate need of services. While fixing your car may be an inconvenience a closed pharmacy could be the difference between proper treatment, and risking a persons health. On a larger scale these Sunday laws depress job growth and economic activity can have a serious impact on their communities.
Why people support closing on Sundays
The most aggressive supporters of such laws are religious groups, labor unions, and small time businesses.
- First religious groups believe that commerce violates their “day of rest” and wish to force those less devout to honor their beliefs.
- Second labor unions hope to preserve the family structure and the health of low income workers who may be taken advantage of by ruthless business owners. Requiring one day a week off will ensure workers have one day with their families or to recouperate for the coming week.
- Finally small businesses operate on a more traditional time frame and often are run by family operators. By giving them a break the law shields their inneficient business models from competition and preserves the “old way” of doing things.
Alcohol laws in the US on Sunday
In the United States after prohibition states and counties were allowed to make their own laws regarding alcohol. Many latched into prohibiting sales on sunday to force people into the pews or to make politicians appear as pious as their image let on.
Religious corporations blocking small communities from services
free market takes care, but in pinched small towns and industries with low competition the companies can dictate social norms of the town. Well of course you cant get your car fixed today. I know it’s your only day of work, but there’s nowhere around here open today! Churches wield power to push and pull business so some secular organizations feel the pull of religious dollars furthering the system.
Overall this system originates from religious doctrine, makes our lives less efficient, hurts the larger economy, and presents a false image of piety in a society that is becoming more and more secular.
Thankfully the trend towards Sunday laws is dying with corporate competition, a more secular independent population, and pissed off customers who need their prescriptions filled!
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