A good article by Bryony Gordon in The Telegraph earlier this month.
Speaking from (what seems) an atheistic perspective, longer trading hours on a Sunday will have an increasingly positive impact on family life, not the erosion that the church likes to think.
Families today would rather go to the park, enjoy a swim, play a game, and yes, perhaps visit a shop to buy the ingredients with which to cook a Sunday roast. I’m sure this will send me straight to hell, but people were held hostage by churches before the Sunday trading act of 1994. Communal worship was almost the only thing you could do on the seventh day – also known to children as the most tedious one of the week. But since then we have discovered that going to church isn’t the only way to engage in “community activities”. Look at any green public space on a Sunday and you will see it is thriving.
The Church made their criticism known after the UK Chancellor George Osbourne announced longer trading hours on Sundays. An attempt by Margaret Thatcher in 1986 failed after Tory MP’s felt it would ruin family life and church attendance.
Do you agree with the article? Church attendance isn’t as high here in the UK as elsewhere, it would be good to hear views from other nations.
How do you spend your Sunday?