Is Religious Favoritism OK?

BushartBushart Senior MemberPosts: 3,041 Senior Member

So should we hold elections that don't interfere with all the other Religions?

We may never get a date

Someone said something about Church and State

My view---hold the date----vote early if your unavailable---it's an option

https://ctvnews.ca/politics/elections-canada-ordered-to-review-moving-election-day-from-jewish-holiday-1.4520474

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  • creekyguycreekyguy Posts: 361 Senior Member
    edited July 24 #2

    Well, certainly no elections during the "airing of grievances" period of Festivus.

    When it comes to religion, there is never a complete union with reason. Its about politics.

  • BushartBushart Senior Member Posts: 3,041 Senior Member

    OK...I'll give ya Festivus

  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 24,271 Senior Member

    I don't think it is favoritism if they would not have done the same if election day occurred on another religion's holiday.

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • BushartBushart Senior Member Posts: 3,041 Senior Member

    @fishingcomic said:
    I don't think it is favoritism if they would not have done the same if election day occurred on another religion's holiday.

    Never heard of it before. (Of course never had Elections at Christmas or Easter)

    Ramadan?---Sikh holidays?

    Again early voting is an option

  • StevenSteven Senior Member Posts: 3,559 Senior Member

    I do have a problem with "favoritism." I see it more as accommodation.

  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 10,011 Senior Member

    @Steven said:
    I do have a problem with "favoritism." I see it more as accommodation.

    I agree, and I also think early voting is the best solution despite its drawbacks.

    Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.
  • StevenSteven Senior Member Posts: 3,559 Senior Member

    @Bushart said:

    Never heard of it before. (Of course never had Elections at Christmas or Easter)

    I doubt most Diaspora Jews could even tell you what Shemini Atzeret is but it's actually quite an important holiday. The Hebrew Bible calls for a gathering (atzeret) on the eighth (shemini) of Sukkot (a festival celebrating the intake of the harvest). Jews are called to Temple and it's one of the four days per year in which the Yizkor service (memorial services for the dead) takes place. When there's Yizkor, you know it's important. (The other three times are Yom Kippur, the eight day of Passover, and Shavout (when G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people)). No work, driving, etc.

    In Israel, it's a one-day holiday, but in the Diaspora it's a two-day holiday with the second day called Simchat Torah - which celebrates the last weekly reading from the Torah and the beginning to do it all over again. Simchat Torah is a fun holiday.

  • StevenSteven Senior Member Posts: 3,559 Senior Member

    FWIW, Muslims do work during Ramadan.

  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 10,011 Senior Member

    @Steven said:
    FWIW, Muslims do work during Ramadan.

    But it lasts a full lunar month. That would be a long time to take off work or essentially shut down a Muslim-majority country.

    Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.
  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 24,271 Senior Member

    Some take off for Eid.

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 4,779 Senior Member

    Why don't they just hold the election on the Sunday before?

    Oh, yeah...

  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 24,271 Senior Member

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 10,011 Senior Member

    That reminds me of one of my favorite all-time bumper stickers, seen on a beat-up, dented and rusty small pick up truck driven by a hippy/punkish young woman - "Kali is My Co-Pilot".

    Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.

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