Sunday Selling

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Crusade Against Sunday Commercialism

Sunday selling at roadside stores and suburban shopping centers, often promoted by extensive display advertising, has been stirring up controversy in various parts of the country. Law enforcement authorities, pressed by “Save Sunday” crusaders to prosecute at least the principal offenders, have had to rely on ancient laws designed to keep the Sabbath holy by the standards of another day. These laws in many cases have proved inadequate to the task in hand. That task essentially is not to regulate personal conduct, as attempted by the blue laws of colonial times, but to curb or eliminate practices considered by some people either objectionable in themselves or unfairly competitive from a commercial standpoint. The question of Sunday closing still has moral overtones, ...

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