Sunday, July 02, 2006

French Blue Laws

Listening to NPR this morning (yes NPR, another story for later), I heard about something in France that I did not learn on more than 30 days of survey work there last year (you gotta ask the right questions). France has legislation that prevents most stores from opening on Sundays (read it here). The law says Sunday should remain a day of rest, worship and leisurely family lunches. It makes exceptions, though, for stores in a touristy area, having a cultural, recreational or sports dimension. It is amayzing to see a law like this on the books in a country that actaully has real legislation establishing "separation of church and state." The ACLU would have a cow in this country.

I guess it goes to show that religious rules don't make people follow God. I am not saying that moral laws are wrong, but in the absense of time with the creator they are empty. We are influenced more by the people we spend time with than we are by rules.

1 comment:

Vanessa said...

I didn't realize they closed because of a law--just thought it was tradition. Very interesting...