Most Catholic City in U.S. Boston, Has Nostalgia Over Sunday Blue Laws

November 6, 2016


Of the most Roman Catholic cities in the United States, Boston, New York and Pittsburg top the list in a three-way tie according to the Public Religion Research Institute’s 2014 study.[1] The state of Massachusetts ranks among the top-five Catholic states in America.  So strong is Roman Catholicism in Boston, that a massive cover-up by the Church along with the cooperation of judges and law enforcement, of priests in the Boston Archdiocese who have sexually abused children for over 50 years has been orchestrated.  With such a strong Catholic influence, tradition and culture, the Boston newspapers have ever printed articles advocating strict Sunday observance, dating back to the 1800s when Sunday Blue laws were not only advocated but legislated and strongly enforced. Seventh-day Adventist pioneer, author and historian, Alonzo, T. Jones wrote much about Boston’s influence in brining about Sunday legislation in his books and articles.   In 2016, articles are still coming off the printing presses not only recalling the “glory days” when Sunday was honored as a day of rest but promoting the same in today’s modern society, which of course goes directly against citizens’ civil and religious liberties, and more importantly the Word of God.  A secular press, The Boston Globe, published an article entitled, “And on the seventh day, many don’t rest at all,” which conveys a nostalgic yet persuasive tone as the Sunday laws of the past were recalled and Sunday laws of the future were considered.


The following is an excerpt: “People over age 40 can remember a time when, because of blue laws — the Colonial-era prohibitions against commercial activities on Sundays — most stores were closed and very little aside from praying, newspaper-reading, and loafing around happened on Sunday mornings. That changed as blue laws were repealed or went unenforced in the late 20th century and as many denominations relaxed their rules. But now, some people are looking longingly at the religious structures that once forced even the nonreligious to take time to relax and enjoy life, and experimenting with ways to embrace something like the Sabbath to help authorize a day away from workaday concerns…the Sabbath is not an option or a lifestyle suggestion, but a commandment, right next to ‘Do not kill’ and ‘Do not steal’ and ‘Do not lie…The Lord’s Day Alliance, founded by six major Protestant denominations in 1888, spent a century fighting to force industrialists to give workers time to attend religious services and, later, to protect the Blue Laws.”[2]


Of course the Sabbath here being referred to is not the Sabbath that God blessed and sanctified and commanded men to worship, which is the seventh-day Sabbath (Genesis 2:2 and 3; Exodus 20:8-11); but it is a Sabbath of the Roman Catholic Church’s devising, Sunday. It is worth reiterating that the author notes that even the nonreligious were forced to honor Sunday and that some people are looking and experimenting with ways to return to forced “Sabbath-keeping.”  This “experimentation” will lead men and women to lobby for and compel their government officials to enforce Sunday laws as they once were, especially as crimes, calamities and immorality continue to increase, not to mention the depreciation of temporal prosperity.  And because politicians are so avaricious for power and position they will yield to the public and popular cry and will propose Sunday legislation that will later be strictly enforced. “Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected.”[3]


It also must be noted that the significant year of 1888 was brought to view in The Boston Globe piece. This is the very year that a National Sunday Law was only a hair’s breadth away from being passed, but for the intervention of God through his humble instrumentality Alonzo Jones, who addressed the United States Senate Committee on Education and Labor.  To read more on this history and the actual address given, it can be read in The National Sunday Law written by Alonzo Jones in 1892. Though God providentially overruled the passage of the National Sunday Law Bill in 1888, when it is again brought to the floor, it will be passed and even more firmly enforced than the state Sunday Blue laws.  Many may not believe that this could ever become a reality but that does not change the prophecy; and one must never forget that every repression of civil and religious liberties is a step taken towards that end.


“The Sunday movement is now making its way in darkness. The leaders are concealing the true issue, and many who unite in the movement do not themselves see whither the undercurrent is tending. Its professions are mild and apparently Christian, but when it shall speak it will reveal the spirit of the dragon.”[4]






[1] http://www.voanews.com/a/most-catholic-cities-in-us/2966577.html



[2] https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/11/01/does-sabbath-and-quiet-reflection-fosters-have-prayer-returning/FO5WUfGwdcIZpGUl6AsC8O/story.html



[3] White, Ellen.  The Great Controversy (1911), page 592



[4] White, Ellen.  Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5 (1882-1889), page 452


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