Teach religious tolerance
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I appreciated reading Joan French's recent report on the church service encroachment to business on Holy Thursday at the Constant Spring tax office ('Religious overreach more taxing than Gov't', April 24, 2012).
If the staff had chosen to host a service outside the tax office during the noon or other lunch hour, or before or after work, that's fine. But why the disruption during regular business hours?
There is hardly any other area, however, in which the 'religious overreach' is 'more taxing' than in the imposition of Sunday Blue Laws so "Jamaica land we love" (which the secularists will debate) should give thanks that at least many in our country could sell and shop at retail/wholesale outlets on Easter Sunday, just as I was able to do likewise on Good Friday while visiting Florida in 2001 during Easter.
While I am no longer a Seventh-day Adventist, I'm still passionate about the subject of religious liberty in general and optional Sundays in particular: take, for example, the current furore over British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's presentation of a bill to suspend Sunday-trading restrictions for the duration of the Olympic Games.
Just as how the expo Jamaica 2012 event this week will not shy away from showcasing business on a Sunday, Jamaica should not hinder Sunday commerce by legislation but continue to sing, "Teach us true respect for all."
RYAN O'NEIL SEATON