Originally Posted by skilletlicker
I resolved not to post in this thread again, but since we are approaching the season of broken resolutions, I will speak plainly.
Some of the posts seem to imply that if the owners of a business choose to close on Christmas, they are infringing on the rights of others in a way that smacks of religious persecution.
I don't know that religious persecution
was being implied, although maybe religious ignorance
was. Maybe before you rush to pronounce it all "nonsense" you might try putting the shoe on the other foot and try imagining how inconvenienced you'd feel if stores were to remain closed for another religion's major holiday, a holiday that meant zippo to you?
Some of this mania (shops open every day -- which they're still not
) is creeping over to us in Greece, but meeting a great
deal of resistance. My personal objection is just the bowing to the Gods of commercialism. No-one "needs" a shop open every single day of the week! (there are obvious exceptions to this -- I'm talking shops per se, not hospitals, not pharmacies, not life-or-death-related businesses or institutions.)
[Kitchenelf, since you love the idea of selling the shop to the employees: did you know that Jews have these ways of working around religous prohibitions down to an art form, far more developed than any other religion? The selling of the shop is just the tip of the iceberg! (Just finished reading the most fascinating book on this, called "The Shabbat Elevator" (Alan Dundes) -- interesting and fun reading for people of all faiths, I'd think.)]