The National Sunday Law
Efforts in Other Countries to Force Sunday Rest
Avid critic Dirk Anderson thinks that when John Paul was calling for legislation, he was only calling for the protection of voluntary rest, not enforcement of mandatory Sunday rest. Dirk quotes John Paul below and then comments:
Perhaps Dirk hasn't been keeping abreast of the news. Croatia, at the behest of the Church of Rome, recently passed a law going well beyond simply protecting voluntary Sunday rest. The law dictated that stores must remain closed on Sunday. Running into some sort of problem with the Constitutional Court over the matter, the Croatian government announced in mid-May 2004 that they would pass a new ban on Sunday trade.
Predominantly Catholic Slovenia has passed a trade act which will ban Sunday shopping as of September 15, 2004 ("Lawmakers Put an End to Sunday Shopping").
Commerce trade unions from countries where Rome's influence is strong stated clearly in January 2004 that they don't want the enlargement of the EU to mean Sunday shopping. The countries represented included Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia ("EU enlargement should not bring Sunday shop opening").
Germany's highest court just upheld its Sunday shopping ban in June 2004 ("Germany rejects Sunday shopping").
A few points stand out from these recent new stories:
Has Dirk read something we have not?