Blue laws

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A blue law is a law who's purpose is to enforce religious standards. Most commonly they are restrictions on what can be done on certain days of the week, such as preventing liquor stores or car dealerships from selling their products on Sunday. While many have been repealed or declared unconstitutional, some such laws still remain.



Note that the Ten commandments say "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." Note that the Sabbath runs from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. Keeping Sunday holy is a later innovation.

Constitutionality in the US

Within the United States, Blue Laws have been found to be constitutional in the decision of McGowan v. Maryland because regardless of religious origins, the harm done is not religious harm but generally economic harm. So long as such laws can be supported by even the flimsiest secular rational they are said to not violate the first amendment.


See also

v · d Secularism
Support for separation of church and state   United States Constitution · First Amendment · Free exercise clause · Religious test · Separation of church and state
Attacks against separation of church and state   Proselytizing · Theocracy · In God We Trust · Persecution · Authoritarianism · Fundamentalism · Blue laws · Dominionism · Sharia · Theodemocracy · Blasphemy laws · Blasphemous libel · List of Theocratic political parties
Arguments for theocratic government   America as a Christian nation · Australia as a Christian nation · Canada as a Christian nation
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