Religion-specific blue laws aren't just a relic of the past, unfortunately. 

Catholic Herald reports on a bill that just passed one of the two houses of Poland's parliament:

Polish MPs have approved a bill that will phase out Sunday shopping by 2020.

Initially proposed by trade unions, the idea received the support of the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party, who want to allow workers to spend more time with their families.

The Sejm, the lower house of Poland’s parliament, passed the bill by 254 to 156 to restrict Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the month until the end of 2018, only on the last Sunday in the month in 2019, and to ban it totally starting in 2020. It will still be permitted, however, on the Sundays before major holidays such as Christmas. Some bakeries and online shops will also be exempt.

The bill will now pass to the Senate, and then to President Andzrej Duda for approval.

In a statement, the Polish bishops’ conference said the bill did not go far enough, and that everyone should be free from work on Sundays.

Via Joe.My.God., where Joe Jervis adds:

Poland is famously homogeneous, with a population that is about 90% Roman Catholic and 95% ethnic Poles. Despite that near-total uniformity, an estimated 60,000 neo-Nazis marched in Warsaw earlier this month in support of white nationalism.

The JMG posting also quotes Breitbart's approving reaction, and hosts almost 200 comments, including discussion of counties' and other municipalities' bans or restrictions on alcohol sales in many US states.

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Hm-mm, Catholic bishops in Poland are concerned.

Have Catholics there who are employed not been going to Mass on Sundays?




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