Christian crank gets cockeyed over Christmas shopping

Apparently Toronto is in the midst of mayor selection and Giorgio Mammoliti, one of the candidates, is a devout Catholic who was incensed at a recent debate over holiday shopping – specifically a proposal brought forth that would allow retailers to be open all of Easter weekend and Christmas day. Since he’s Catholic, he’s all about promoting the long held belief that Catholics (and other Christians by proxy) are extra special and should always be extra special. But he doesn’t say it like that, of course. He makes sure to point out that God wants them to be special and exempt.

“I think God’s law has to be spoken about,” Mr. Mammoliti said. “Those of us that believe in God know that there are certain days that we’re not supposed to be working and we are supposed to be with our families.”

God isn’t making laws. God never made any laws; he just got credit for a lot of man-made ones meant to benefit societies. Some were good ideas and some were quite plainly insane. Holidays are good ideas, but there’s no reason shops should still have to set aside only Christian ones as special days off. Some shops aren’t even run by Christians and other Christians would probably relish the chance to make some extra cash, no matter who was born or died.

“Why are you not including Canada Day?” Councillor Raymond Cho, also a Christian, asked. “[Are you] working for only Christians when you become mayor?”

“That’s actually a low blow,” Mr. Mammoliti replied, adding later, “If you want to vote for the deferral … God bless you.”

But I think it’s a good point. A mayor has to speak for his entire city, not just the citizens he might want to favour. And some of these business owning citizens had spoken: they wanted year-round shopping and Councillor Kyle Rae, the chairman of the economic development committee, supported the idea and brought it to the table. He suspected it would never pass, though, and he was right. The proposal has now been set aside until after the election on account of the scrum.

When I worked at Walmart, I was glad we weren’t open Christmas day, but only because I knew that if we were, people would be trucking their presents in at 7:05 am to return most of them, whether they’d been bought at a Walmart store or not. There were a lot of staff that chose to work on the day anyway, to prep for boxing week blowouts. I wasn’t one of them. A day off is a day off, whether it’s a day for turkey supper or day for soup.

So long as shops would work around the people who did want to the day off on account of their religion, why not let them be open?

edit July 3/2010 — why didn’t someone comment to complain about a link missing? I only noticed it now. Here’s the link to the Globe and Mail article I quoted.

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