Yes, I’m a good neighbor

Holidays. Of course, we will take into account each other on rest days when it comes to noisy work, but we can not let one single religion dictate the lives of all who do not follow it.

Leader in Bærum Velforbund, Erik Sennesvik, gives a message in Budstikka on Tuesday 29 May that we should pay attention to each other during this season and refrain from noisy work such as lawn mowing and similar work I do not have a lawnmower, so I must be the perfect neighbor.

I agree with Erik that we must take into account each other. I appreciate peace and quiet when I have a day off and are at home. Erik has a good and well-informed message in his post, but I want to offer a different perspective on holidays and the law of holiday peace.In terms of noise on holidays or holidays, I think we must be willing to give and take, be flexible and find good solutions.

Someone may need to do work that can be noisy and want to do this on their day off as they have the most time and opportunity to do it, but then it is Christianity that can make this difficult. There are robotic lawn mowers that do not make noise and this can be a good solution. As long as you do not do noisy work early in the day or late at night, it must be allowed. Of course, we should not disturb worship services with noise at their property, but work is done well, so it must be legal.

The problem with the law of holidays and public holidays is, however, that its origin is based on religion, here Christianity, and that it dictates the lives of all who do not follow it. I think we should abolish the concept of public holidays and holiday peace and that they are replaced by another solution that is better suited to our time and our population.

Norway does not only consist of Christians, but also consists of many humanists and atheists. You can only imagine the ramshack that could occur if Norway were to have public Islamic holidays, then one would soon see the value of the public’s religious neutrality.

We should abolish public holidays in Norway, and I press public because the public should not favor a single religion no matter how it has previously characterized Norway’s culture, history and traditions. Christianity is not a Norwegian religion, it is from the Middle East, and it should not dictate the lives of all of us who do not follow it.

I appreciate holidays, but I do not want Christianity to decide when I’m free or what I can not do on my day off. Christianity should not dictate business hours. Each business should be able to manage its operations regardless of religion and use the solutions that best suit them and their employees.

I propose not to reduce the number of days off, but some suggestions out there are replacing the holidays with an extra holiday week or a public holiday on the day of liberation on May 8th. We may still like to have free on Saturdays and Sundays, but then we call it rather rest days and change the name of the law to rest day.

Luckily, we do not have the same punishment for violating the day of rest as in the Bible. According to Leviticus 31:14, God demands death penalty for those who work on the day of rest and that they are to be cut off by their people. Looking at Leviticus 15: 32-36, God demands that a man gathering wood on the day of rest shall be laid to death.

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