Advancing from an Oklahoma Senate panel, a bill by Sen. Adam Pugh would allow car dealerships to sell vehicles on Sunday ("Bill would allow car dealerships to sell on Sundays," Feb. 19).
In reacting to that idea, candor requires me to confess some personal bias. In a former life, I once pastored a church, and I still wear the clerical collar — figuratively speaking.
Candor further requires us all to note that the roots of "Sunday laws," aka "blue laws," go back to a time when the federal constitutional prohibition of religious establishment applied only to the federal government.
That some states passed Sunday or blue laws for the avowed purpose of encouraging worship was in most quarters not even viewed as a problem.
All of that said, there is ample secular justification for legally setting aside a day of rest.
That is true even though the day traditionally selected is the day most Christians regard as especially sacred.
Secular justification? One of my grandfathers was a car salesman. And even though he was not a churchgoing man, he was thankful for a day when he could be with his family.
And we were thankful for that blessing as well.
As a great teacher once put it, "Man shall not live by bread alone." Indeed, we cannot live by bread alone. Doing so would starve our souls, religious or secular, to death.
Granted, some of us must work on a day we regard as especially holy.
But that is no reason to unnecessarily extend that sadness to others.
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