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Hogarth judge

November 2018



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Hogarth judge

Let's observe the Lord's day right.

Here in Indiana we still have some Sunday closing laws. Car dealers are closed by law on Sunday. There's no liquor or beer sold on Sunday here either.

The big chain stores wanted to get the Sunday liquor law changed. The mom and pop dealers fought tooth and nail against it. They liked being forced to take a day off of work every week. More to the point, they didn't want to be forced to work on Sunday because the people at WalMart don't give a shit what day it is. The car dealer Sunday closing law isn't changing any time soon, either.

I think blue laws are a good idea. I would like to see all advertising on radio and television forbidden on Sunday. Billboards must be covered on Sunday --- that'd fix 'em. Close everything on Sunday. Credit cards will not be processed on Sunday. Any contract signed on a Sunday is void. If somebody tries to sell you something on Sunday, you get to keep it without paying.

Not because of any religious reason, but because the business of buying and selling makes too much noise already, and a day off from having that constantly in your face would remind people of how intrusive and annoying it is when it comes back. Just shut down the damn economy one day out of seven, just to show that the government is in charge of it and not the other way around.


I think the logic behind going 7 days/wk on everything here was that Sunday closing laws discriminate against religious minoritys who have sacred days other than Sunday. They have to work on their own religious holiday, but then lose out on having services available to them on a secular day. It would probably be a lot easier in a homogenous culture.

When we changed the laws, I was working in a restaurant. My mother was a nurse in an emergency room and I was dating a cab driver. I never really got the whole, "but Sunday should be a family day" argument, given how many people I knew who already worked on Sundays.

Getting rid of advertising, OTOH. Don't stop at Sunday, I'd like to see a lot less of that every day of the week.
Forgive the spelling. My computer is hanging, so I'm not seeing my text as I type.
Yep. I'm _all_ in favor of a day of not-work, but if you're Jewish and so have a Saturday of not-work, and you run a business, you can only run your business five days a week, which is distinctly not OK.

On an entirely unrelated note, it's really annoying to walk into a grocery store on a Sunday and grab a 6-pack of beer, then discover at the counter that you can't buy the darn thing because you're in a state where most of the population believes in running things according to their warped view of Christianity. (I vaguely recall the availability of a graduate fellowship based on the requirement that its holder prove that Jesus really served grape juice, not wine).

One of the gorgeous, gorgeous things about New England is its relatively unrestrictive alcohol sales legislation. When we first moved to a dry town in Kentucky, we immediately went to a wet one and stocked up on several hundred dollars worth of booze. When we moved to Vermont, we bought a variety pack of the local micro-brew at Wal-Mart. My guess is that we'll drink a whole lot less here, because it feels neither rebellious nor difficult.
Aye....the old argument always was that Sunday laws discriminated against religions that observed a different holy day.

Of course, for large sections of the workforce, they aren't immunized against economic pressure and end up having to work on their holy days, whether it's Sunday or some other day. The end result is that nobody gets a Sabbath day.

And since no mere god is mightier than the dollar, that is how it will be. The old argument from religious discrimination no longer cuts that much weight. And part of the point is to just get the government to reassert its sovereignty over economic activity.

Now, one of the main purposes of the advertising ban would simply be to introduce people to what it would be like without the noise. I suspect they'll start to resent its intrusion more once they realize its omnipresence is not inevitable.