Posted by: rshalomw | February 16, 2013


The following article will show you the proof of how the true Sabbath is being attacked. Neither Jesus nor his disciples ever changed the Sabbath Day, but rebellious man has to have his way, instead of the King of The Universe: The Mark of the Beast will be the enforcing of man’s “Sabbath:

For those that claim a government enforced “GLOBAL SABBATH” or “National Sunday Law” is a false prophecy for our day. Ask them…


If Sunday Laws are a bogus interpretation of Bible prophecy, then why are they doing exactly as prophecy said they would?

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A controversial new Scientology center that opened two weeks ago in one of Berlin’s upscale neighborhoods won’t be open on Sundays like Christian churches in the German capital – the government considers the group a business rather than a church and, as such, it falls under the country’s rigid Sunday closing laws. Read the latest now on

A History Of Sunday

What Makes Sundays So Special? Charles Osgood Takes An In-Depth Look
Feb. 1, 2009

(CBS) Whether you’re planning your Sunday brunch, taking a Sunday drive, or watching Sunday Morning, chances are you have your own Sunday ritual. It’s the first day of the week, and for many, it’s their favorite day.

“I don’t think Sunday will ever be like every other day of the week. It’s a special day. And it will remain a special day,” says author Stephen Miller.

For Miller, the best thing about Sunday is that it is a day of rest. “That it’s a day when you don’t have to do things, when you can just lie around, see people if you want, or not see people.”

And seeing people is a Sunday activity that Americans enjoy. According to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40 percent of us socialize on Sundays, but twice as many – eight out of ten – sit back and watch TV, an average of four hours. And then there’s church: one in four attends religious services. And about that same number goes shopping.

But when Sunday Morning first went on the air in 1979, in many parts of the country it was impossible to shop on Sundays: Stores were required to be closed, says Stephen Miller, who’s written a book on the subject: “The Peculiar Life of Sundays” (Harvard University Press).

Americans once had a very narrow choice of permissible Sunday activities: “There were so many arguments in the United States, especially in the 19th century,” Miller said. “Sunday legislation was the second-most debated subject after slavery, because there were different opinions about what you could or couldn’t do on Sunday.”

Those opinions began with the Puritans, who settled in New England in the 1630s. They called it “Strict Sunday Observance.” Sunday was a day for church-going, and “Blue Laws” made almost everything else illegal.

“There were Connecticut blue laws in the 18th century, which said that you could not kiss your baby. You could not tell a joke. There was absolutely no frivolity on Sunday. And you could not play an instrument,” Miller says.

Church organs and hymns aside, music was taboo on Sundays. “There was a French soldier stationed in Boston, and during the Revolutionary War he started playing the flute. He was arrested. No flute-playing on the Sabbath!” Miller laughed.

Some blue laws still exist today, mostly to regulate alcohol sales. But Miller says Americans have come a long way from the age of “strict observance.”

“Gradually, in the 20th century, all the things that we associate with Sunday now started. So, there’s the Sunday drive, the Sunday dinner, Sunday sports. And the Sunday paper,” Miller says. “The Sunday paper with the comics and the crosswords became a major American phenomenon.”

“We continue to relax in front of the Sunday newspaper. One hundred and fifteen million people in America still read a Sunday newspaper. In fact, readership was up last year from the year before,” says Janice Kaplan, the editor of Parade Magazine.

For almost 70 years, it’s been a Sunday institution, now appearing in more than 450 Sunday newspapers across the country, with a parade of covers to show for it. Parade, says Kaplan, would not be Parade on any other day of the week.

“The Sunday paper is so invested with tradition. It’s got all of those different sections in it. Everybody in the family has a section they want to read. And everybody pulls the one that means something to them. And then maybe they pass it around the Sunday table,” Kaplan says.

One favorite section is Sunday Sports – two words that for millions of Americans have become synonymous with each other. Sports, like the newspapers that cover them, are now a firmly-established Sunday tradition.

“It was no small thing for Super Bowl to become an adjective for Sunday,” says historian Craig Harline, who has written about how professional football became a weekly ritual in America, in =http:”” catalog=”” display.pperl?isbn=”978038551039″>”Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl” (Random House).

“Now you look at the Super Bowl, and it’s this odd combination of religion, strip tease show, and, you know, who knows what else. But certainly it’s bigger than football. It’s about an American civil religion.”

Which makes sense, says Harline, because football would not have been accepted on Sundays had it not first assumed a religious significance starting in the late 19th century. “Most Americans considered themselves Christians. And so they had to find a way to reconcile that. And the way they did that was, you know, this is a different day. Sunday is a special day. Most civilizations celebrate their holiest days with sports. Why wouldn’t that be true in America as well?” Harline explains.

And so Sunday became a day for games and celebrations. But not for everyone.

There was nothing festive about the song “Gloomy Sunday,” recorded by Billie Holiday in 1941. Stephen Miller says it reflects a larger theme in popular music: Sunday as a dark day:

“Gloomy is Sunday,
With shadows I spend it all.
My heart and I
Have decided to end it all.
Soon there’ll be candles
And prayers that are said, I know,
But let them not weep,
Let them know that I’m glad to go.
Death is no dream
For in death I’m caressing you.
With the last breath of my soul
I’ll be blessing you.”
“In fact, it was banned by the BBC during the war because it was too depressing,” Miller says.

“You’re talking about bein’ alone on a Saturday night, that’s sad, you know?” says music journalist Fred Goodman. “Bein’ alone on a Sunday morning, that’s tragic.”

Goodman says some songs about Sunday sadness focus on failed expectations for our day off.

“One of the great examples is Kris Kristofferson’s song, ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down.’ It’s about a guy who’s down on his luck, you know, and really has nothing. And he’s talking about Sunday morning. What do most people do on Sunday morning? You know, they’re with their family, they’re going to church, whatever. This guy’s, like, you know, sleepin’ off a drunk on the sidewalk. You know, he’s got nothing.”

Therapists have been listening to the real-life Sunday blues for years. In fact, Sunday actually has a psychiatric disorder named after it.

“There’s a famous diagnosis in the early 20th century, [when] the discipline and practice of psychology emerged: Sunday neurosis,” historian Harline explains. “The person who couldn’t bear the coming of Sunday, because it threw them out of their routine. Sunday is timeless and it’s open. There isn’t that schedule that you have the rest of the week. And some people can’t bear that.”

Not writer Judith Shulevitz. In her upcoming book “The Sabbath World,” she argues just the opposite: She wants to keep Sundays timeless. In a world of 24/7 commerce, she’s pushing for a return to laws that would shut down businesses one day a week.

“If everybody has to stop working, then they have to, sort of, pay attention to their family, to themselves, to their community,” she argues.

“So in this campaign, where do you even start?” Charles Osgood asks.

“I don’t pretend to have the answer in terms of legislation. I just start by trying to point out the benefits and to just say ‘Let’s remember the Sabbath. Let’s remember what it did for us in the past. And let’s think about what it could do for us in the future,'” Shulevitz explains.

“It’s fast becoming like other days, because of the commercialization of Sunday,” says Miller. “We’re losing a day of rest. We’re sort of ‘on’ all the time now. What effect does this have on our psyche? So I think we are losing something.”

Which brings us back to the Puritans of the 1630s: their measures may now seem extreme, but what if they were actually onto something?

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Bishops Back Proposed E.U. Law on Sunday Rest

Brussels, Belgium, Feb 16, 2009 (CNA).- The secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community has welcomed a proposed EU law that would safeguard Sunday as a day of rest from work.

According to L’Osservatore Romano, the secretariat issued a statement praising the measure proposed by five EU parliamentarians to recognize the value of “Sunday rest as part of the ‘cultural patrimony’ and ‘European social model’.”

“The current economic and financial crisis has made it even more evident that not every aspect of human life can be subject to the laws of the market,” the bishops stressed.

“In fact, consumerism is not a model either for a sustainable economy or for healthy human development.” Sunday work, they continued, “puts those who work on Sunday into a socially disadvantageous position, affecting everything from family life to their own personal health.”

The proposed measure, which would need 394 votes to pass in the EU parliament, would call on member states and EU institutions to “protect Sunday as the weekly day of rest” in order “to improve the protection of workers’ health and the balancing of work and family life.” -17-February-2009 — Catholic News Agency

Sunday Shopping? France Says Non

By Bruce Crumley / Paris Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008
French President Nicolas Sarkozy at a grocery store
In policy terms, December, 2008 is not turning out to be a keeper for French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Less than 24 hours after his government was forced to delay much touted education reforms in the face of protests by high school students, Sarkozy was forced to make big concessions to plans to legalize Sunday trading in France. Far from the sweeping liberalization Sarkozy had called for as part of his plan to let French employees “work more to earn more”, the compromise bill will modestly augment the number of exceptional Sundays shops are already permitted to open.

Parliament is scheduled to begin debating the bill today, more than a week later than intended. The reform would have overturned a 1906 law that sets aside Sunday for rest and allowed shops in France’s largest cities to open as they wished. But it faced fierce opposition from both the left and right. Socialist legislators have already filed over 4,000 amendments to the draft law, while members of Sarkozy’s own ruling conservative majority have used a mix of religious and familial concerns to oppose it. With the number of right-wing dissenters growing ever larger, Sarkozy was forced to cave and save what he could of his Sunday legislation. (Read Tony Blair’s view of Sarkozy, a runner-up for TIME’s Person of the Year.)

“We’re no longer talking about a generalization of Sunday opening hours,” crowed Marc Le Fur, a member of Sarkozy’s conservative Union for a Popular Majority (UMP). “France and the French people remain fond of Sunday as a rest day. This text will conserve Sundays as a day of rest.”

Opinion polls in France show that slightly more than half the population want shops to have the freedom to open on Sundays. But a powerful range of opponents combined against the idea. Leftist politicians and unions, for example, denounced the plan as introducing a seven-day work week. That, they say, would allow bosses to force workers to work Sundays — despite measures in the original bill that stipulated Sunday hours were both optional, and higher-paid. Conservatives, meantime, brushed off Sarkozy’s assurances that the extra day of activity would boost France’s economy, and focused on the fact that Sunday trading would deprive families, associations, and church groups the one day of free time people build their week around. (See pictures of Sarkozy and his wife in London.)

Realizing he would not win this battle, Sarkozy amended the proposal. It now calls for doubling the number of exceptions to Sunday closing rules per year from the current five to 10, not counting the period prior to Christmas. Even then, however, city councils must approve the local extension of Sunday openings, a green light that may prove hard to obtain after the nation-wide romp the Socialists enjoyed in municipal elections last spring. “Don’t bother voting this text, because it won’t be applied,” warned Socialist Party leader and mayor of Lille Martine Aubry. “We’ll be as ferocious in battling this project as we were the initial one.”

Perhaps. But the government still appoints regional prefects, and they wield veto power over how municipalities apply new laws. Sarkozy and Sunday-minded shop owners could yet have the last laugh yet.

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