San Luis Obispo, CA, is listening to a group called “Atheists United” who are demanding that parking rules be changed so that people going to church on Sunday pay for parking. If not, its discrimination against those who don’t go to church. Wow!
Chicago shuts down streets so that Irish Catholics can Celebrate St Patrick’s day. Many government offices close for three hours on Good Friday. Schools have parties for Halloween (watch out for those Wiccans). Public Schools in heavily Jewish neighborhoods take Passover and Yom Kippur into consideration. Christmas means schools, government agencies, and the like are closed.
We celebrate Thanksgiving — but are we discriminating against those who aren’t thankful? What about Independence day? All those pesky Canadians and Brits may take offense. You want extreme — How about New Year’s Day. The Chinese celebrate New Years on a different day. Perhaps we should do away with that day off. All Chinese might take offense.
If a city wishes to take the local culture into account when they set their laws (no Sunday Selling of alcohol, for instance) what is wrong with that? Churches bring much to our communities with their good works. We offer them tax breaks because of it. Religious institutions run schools and hospitals. Millions benefits from their largesse. Soup kitchens and clinics are run by churches, synagogues, and mosques.
If a city wants to provide free parking around a church on Sunday morning, or around a Synagogue or Mosque on Friday night or Saturday, hey so be it.
We have to be careful or we will be taken by the tyranny of the minority. At some point these demands simply become silly.