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SUNDAY WORSHIP DAY IN US....How easy is it to implement a National Sunday Law?


Peoples reaction to the Executive Order to Worship on Sunday!

The 7th Day Adventist Church mentions that before the end of the time, the Papacy and the USA will introduce a Sunday Law (known as Blue Law) which will enforce the keeping of Sunday as worship day (moment in which the Sunday would become the Mark of the Beast).
Because the recent election from the United States, a lot of speculations appeared (again) about this Sunday Law.
Even this morning, a friend even sent me this photo on Facebook:
It's obvious it's a fake image. From a quick Google search, I found the original/unedited image on the CNN website. Ironically, I have just learned from this very page I found what an executive order means. Seems that such an order doesn't have to be passed by the Congress.
I simply explained my friend that this is not the case yet, and it's just a terribly edited image.
But, a thought came in my mind: actually, how easy would it be to implement such a law at all?
The doctrine of 7th Day Adventists says the Sunday is not yet the mark of the beast, but it will be once such a Sunday Law will be enforced (in the US, and then in other countries). You can read more on this page.
Reading about Trump banning imigration from 7 countries and all the protests that followed, makes me curious how easy is it to introduce such a blue law and how easy would it be to block it. And this happened quite quikly (just a few days).
I also read a book (National Sunday Law, by Alonzo T. Jones) about the discussion which took place when such a blue law was going to be introduced, but thankfully it didn't pass, in 1888.  nn
U.S. Senator Henry Blair (R-NH) introduced a national Sunday bill in 1888 which thankfully did not pass. Alonzo T. Jones, of the California Conference of the SDA church, spoke before the United States Senate Committee on Education and Labor about the subject. Jones also wrote a book, National Sunday Law, published in 1889.
–– Wikipedia
It looks like such blue laws existed, but not at national level, but only in few states. For example, Virginia and Connecticut:
Whosoever shall profane the Lord's day, or any part of it, either by sinful servile work, or by unlawful sport, recreation, or otherwise, whether wilfully or in a careless neglect, shall be duly punished by fine, imprisonment, or corporally...But if the court upon examination, by clear and satisfying evidence, find that the sin was proudly, presumptiously, and with a high hand committed against the known command and authority of the blessed God, such person therein despising and reproaching the Lord, shall be put to death, that all others may fear and shun such provoking rebellious courses
It seems that in 1988, they were repealed.
While, not enforcing (yet), in the EU, there is an orgnization called European Sunday Alliance which pleads for Sunday keeping, the arguments being: life-work balance, work-free day, spending time with families etc. They specifically chose Sunday, and not other day of the week.
The Bible does mention God resting on Saturday (the 7th day of the week), while Sunday is designed to be like a simple day (being also, the first day of the week).
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
While I do support keeping of Saturday, because of my religious beliefs, I think each human being should be free to organize their life-work balance, that's being part of the basic rights we have as humans and it's not OK to enforce politically such things.

  • So, in what conditions, would a National Sunday Law be enforced?
  • Can we guess what would be the steps to such a change?
  • How long it will take to be introduced (since we find about it and until the religion freedom will be limited to people)?
  • Will people oppose to such a law?
    I'm sure it's not going to say directly: if you don't go to the church on Sundays, you'll die, but good arguments will be eventually found.
  • Maybe, will it be an executive order?
  • What would it happen if the president would sign tomorrow an executive order which will enforce the Sunday keeping? Are there any What are the ways to stop it?
    It doesn't have to last long since, in the view of the 7th Day Adventists, it will not take a long time since the Sunday worship enforcement and the second coming of Jesus.

While I'm totally against in sharing fake stories, like the one I received from my friend (the above image), I do keep an eye on this subject since I do support religion freedom.  
  • While it might be hard to frame as a religious holiday, it might be possible to frame it as employee rights protection. Similar laws exist in other countries, like the ArbZG in Germany which makes it illegal to employ people on Sundays (without such draconic punishments, of course, and with plenty of exceptions). – Philipp Jan 31 '17 at 9:42 

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    @Philipp Interesting. I didn't know about ArbZG. Here, in the EU, there is an organization pleading for Sunday rest in the EU conferences (the arguments being to spend time with family, having a work-free day––which is specifically Sunday etc etc). – Ionică Bizău Jan 31 '17 at 9:54
  • In general, in Spain the issue is between small retailers and big retailers. Big retailers have enough people working that it is easy to organize shifts covering all seven days; but that hurts business that do not open in Sunday (because many people have more time for shopphing in Sunday). The only alternative for small retailers is to open also in Sunday, but they do not have enough workers to organize shifts and end up overworking. Currently retail is allowed to open only a few Sundays/holidays each year. Again, no religious intent at all. – SJuan76 Jan 31 '17 at 11:58
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    There was at least one case in which a Jew was cited for violating a Blue Law (store open on Sunday). He was found not guilty because he was closed on the Sabbath (Saturday) in accordance with Jewish law. As a result, the court held that he had acted in accordance with the law. – sabbahillel Jan 31 '17 at 15:25
  • Blue laws prohibiting retail stores from opening on Sunday were very common in the US 50 years ago, and violations were punishable by a fine. Some large stores began to defy the laws, finding that their profits were far in excess of the fine. Eventually, shopping on Sundays became so popular that the laws were repealed.   

2 Answers


So, in what conditions, would a National Sunday Law be enforced?
It will never be enforced. If no one is allowed to work on Sundays, that includes emergency services, and ironically clergy as well. So, it would be unenforceable because all the churches would be closed, and no one could follow it.
Can we guess what would be the steps to such a change?
At the federal level, it would have to pass through a relevant committee in Congress, then be passed by that house of Congress, then be passed by the other house of Congress, as with any law. It would then be quickly challenged in federal court, probably appealed to the Federal Court of Appeals, then quickly appealed to the Supreme Court, who would summarily knock it down based on violating the First Amendment, Eighth Amendment, and possibly Tenth Amendment. Alternatively, it will not be appealed, and will simply be challenged in all fifty states by the ACLU on its first day, then struck down in summary judgement by all federal courts it is challenged in.
How long it will take to be introduced (since we find about it and until the religion freedom will be limited to people)?
Most likely the general public wouldn't hear about it until it got out of Committee (for the reason I'll explain in the next point), so between hearing about it and it passing there would likely be at least a few months of debate, reconciliation between the two houses, and probably filibustering.
Will people oppose to such a law?
The only reason this would not be immediately opposed by groups like the ACLU is that they'll probably assume it is one of the many ridiculous laws proposed in committee frequently. Once it looks like it will get out of committee, they will likely make it their number one priority to make the law well-known publicly to turn opinion against it.
I'm sure it's not going to say directly: if you don't go to the church on Sundays, you'll die, but good arguments will be eventually found. Maybe, will it be an executive order?
Executive Orders can only define how existing laws are enforced (among other uses that aren't relevant here), not create new law. With that said, Presidents have a habit of finding creative ways to interpret existing laws when it suits their orders, so assuming the President did decide to attempt to enforce it via Executive Order, it would quickly be challenged by e.g. the ACLU and struck down in federal court.
What would it happen if the president would sign tomorrow an executive order which will enforce the Sunday keeping? Are there any What are the ways to stop it?
See above. The first judge it hits (probably in about 5 minutes after the ACLU files suit with "Do we really need to waste time explaining why this violates the First Amendment?") will approve an injunction to suspend the order until the case has been heard. I've been saying it would be struck down in summary judgement, but even assuming it wasn't the judge would approve such an injunction.
Answering the somewhat more serious question of whether a Sunday law without the prayer and punishment could be passed, the answer is probably not in the US. Sunday is a big day for shopping, since most people have the weekend off. Retail lobbyists will petition strongly against it, as will lobbyists for any companies that run 24/7 customer support. It will also mean people will be hesitant to drive because all gas stations will be closed, will not be able to get technicians for utilities like heating and electricity, and will not be able to go to any restaurants or most other entertainment activities that require paying someone else to work, which we Americans will never accept. ..Courtesy Stackexchange
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