I Want to Shop and Gamble

For the first time in NSW punters will be allowed to bet on Good Friday following the decision by Tabcorp to be open for gambling on this once sacrosanct day.  from abc.net.au/news

Not surprisingly religious groups are furious.

Father Brian Lucas, from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, says Tabcorp’s decision shows nothing is more sacred than profit for some.  

Is nothing sacred? Frankly, no.

The head of problem gambling services at the Salvation Army, Gerard Burn, says religious holidays should be protected from trading.

Why should they be protected more than any other public holiday? As it is, as religious diversity and secularism rises around the world these remnants of  observing Anglo-Saxon Christian rituals become less and less valid to the general populace.

Additionally

David Jones, Myer and Kmart have meanwhile applied to the Director General of Commerce to be allowed to trade on previously restricted days like Easter Sunday [in NSW].

as they point out:

religion’s role in society has diminished, but religious and charity groups say the days are two of the last sacred holidays left on the calendar.

boo hoo to the religious and charity groups. Soon there may be no sacred days on the calendar, wouldn’t that be good?

To any religious people who venture here thinking of making any stupid remarks about atheists happy to have the Easter holidays off, forget it, don’t even consider it, you will be shot down in flames. Yes I believe we should get rid of christian based public holidays in a secular society, we can still have public holidays, we can just celebrate something else more important and pertinent to a modern society. Suggestions anyone?

update

Five Public Opinions also blogged about this today, his closing paragraph is sublime:

Or else prepare to be mocked for your obscene presumptuousness in dictating to the rest of us how we should live our lives. That mockery is a sign that human society is liberating itself from the superstitious and unnecessary fear and awe of old male virgins wearing funny robes. History is pwning you. And that’s a good thing.

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16 responses to “I Want to Shop and Gamble

  1. They don’t close the strip in ‘Vegas on Christian holidays. Must be why it’s called Sin City. I’m pretty sure gamblers don’t really care what day it is, at least the hard core one’s I’ve known.
    We need more Darwin days and paid holidays! That’s what I vote for!

    Ouch, pinch back! 🙂

  2. Chooky

    I cannot believe they whine about their stupid days. If they don’t want to gamble then DON’T DO IT! It’s like them whining about the TV series “Underbelly” – TURN IT OFF! Don’t push your crappy thoughts onto others. It is just a day off for the majority of the population. Oh – and not being able to stock up on alcohol on good friday is a disgrace. I was actually offended when ANZAC Day wasn’t given the public holiday the following Monday. At least these soldiers were REAL heroes and I know I shall never forget. The Aussie Soldiers gave us (and continue to give us) our freedom and way of life. Guess what – it happened – it was real – and it is now. Not some selfish bugger who died 2000 years ago.

  3. seantheblogonaut

    May great uncles were Catholic priests and damn successful gamblers, never short of money I hear.

  4. seantheblogonaut

    Oh the irony of a catholic bishop talking about profit, don’t have to worry so much about profit when you have tax free status

  5. DB

    Being from Nevada, I find the concept of banning gambling on a specific religious holiday utterly stupid. Their followers need to prove their faith by resisting this temptation 😉

  6. novparl

    The odd thing is that in Limeyland the only day you have to close is Easter Sunday (the old pagan holiday). Few shops do, but it’s legal to open on Xmas day (the ex- winter solstice).

    I see in the Guardian that McDo’s will soon be running Ozi schools. Cripes.

  7. the chaplain

    The head of problem gambling services at the Salvation Army, Gerard Burn, says religious holidays should be protected from trading.

    The reason for this is…? Because you said so?

  8. Timotheus

    I bet you atheists are happy to have the Easter holidays off from work and like to eat lots of chocolate bunnies. Hypocrites!

    • Nice troll attack, but EPIC FAIL!

      Of course we are happy to have the holidays, as are the Muslims, Buddhists, and everyone else who gets the days off that don’t happen to believe in your particular fairy tale.

      However, wouldn’t it be better to have those days off to celebrate something we can all appreciate? After all weren’t the dates taken from old pagan rituals to do with the changing of the seasons.

      • Timotheus

        To any religious people who venture here thinking of making any stupid remarks about atheists happy to have the Easter holidays off, forget it, don’t even consider it, you will be shot down in flames.
        – – – – – –
        You asked for it! Feel better?

  9. Timotheus

    Chooky,
    I was actually offended when ANZAC Day wasn’t given the public holiday the following Monday
    – – – – – –
    Good. It’s nice when the offensive ones are offended.

    • Chooky actually had a good point. We know for a fact that Gallipoli actually happened and that that was what developed the ANZAC tradition. (unlike the Easter holiday that celebrates something for which there is no known evidence) It is a bit disappointing we are not getting a holiday this year to commemorate those brave ANZACs.

      So the only offensive one here is yourself Timotheus for accusing Chooky of being offensive.

  10. novparl

    Gallipolli never happened. It was invented by Mel Gibson to bash Poms.

    A boring Easter to everyone.

  11. Charmin Muffin

    Have a happy and holy Easter!

  12. Something that’s been bothering me, is this quotation:

    116. The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.

    Now I’d think that the banning of alcohol on good Friday would surely fall under this. How does it still manage to stay law when in contrary to our founding laws?

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