Sab­bath should not be im­posed

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IN your edi­to­rial on the Chris­tians bul­ly­ing a shop owner on the isle of Lewis over Sab­bath ob­ser­vance (“Fur­ther com­pro­mise may be needed on the Sab­bath”, The

Her­ald, Novem­ber 14), you state that “ul­ti­mately, it is up to the peo­ple of Lewis to de­cide among them­selves how far they wish to keep the Sab­bath special”.

I dis­agree. That is just a call for the sort of col­lec­tivism which is what causes the prob­lem in the first place, as seen in the con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous con­flict over the lo­cal coun­cil open­ing the Stornoway leisure cen­tre on Sun­days. Con­trary to the views of the Sab­batar­i­ans, there is more than one “com­mu­nity” on Lewis. It is for each in­di­vid­ual to de­cide on their own at­ti­tude and ob­ser­vance of the Sab­bath or in­deed their al­le­giance to any form of re­li­gious rit­ual, up to and in­clud­ing no ob­ser­vance at all. No-one’s cho­sen ob­ser­vance of it should in any way, shape or form im­pinge on the rights and free­doms of oth­ers to do some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent.

Alis­tair McBay,

Na­tional Sec­u­lar So­ci­ety, 5 Atholl Cres­cent,Ed­in­burgh.

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