Thought I'll get a few comments from other trends into one:Re: My Good Friday
... will include eating sausage sandwiches while watching The Life Of Brian.Re: Easter day?
We should have a campaign to get the pubs open on Good Friday, I wouldn't mind so much if it was a public holiday like Xmas but I like a pint after work in the local each Friday!
Heres an interesting blog on this very issue.......http://www.irishelection.com/2009/04/alcohol-and-good-friday/
It may help get the ball rolling in sourcing ideas/arguments/rebuttals etc.
Extract:"Now really this law makes little sense to me why are these days been excluded, why don’t we have a similar law banning the sale of Tobacco or McDonalds. Now I disagree with pub closing times but I can see some logic to it. It is in effect to stop people excessively drinking and being violent. Good Friday is picked because it is a catholic holy day no other reason. To a non-Christian good Friday is just a Friday like any other. It is a disgrace that we still do this in this country. The government talk about equality if they believe that then they should remove this ban. If you are Catholic don’t go to the pub don’t expect the government to legislate your religion."
I consider this as Chrislamic law, no different than the Islamic law, yet there is suppose to be a clear separation between church and state. If a Christian follower wants to abstain from alcohol for that day then the real test is them going into a pub and drinking Coke on that Friday night, how can a legal ban make sense when these "a la carte Christians" do not go to the Pub because they're closed but instead drink at home.
This Law which it is, Is clearly a religious law that is forced upon all Irishcitizens IrishEuropeans and Tourists.
There should be some grounds for opposing this law;
1. Discrimination against all non-Christians.
2. Surely there’s some European Law.
3. Tourism, how can Ireland say it’s a modern country with religious bans on alcohol and a Blasphemy Law. (maybe there is a Tourist angle –come to Ireland and Blaspheme)
Maybe we should set up a site to remove the law where anyone can vote against it, where we get people to sign a partition online and on paper against the Drink-ban. Like countmeout.ie
Maybe go to Tesco/off-licensees the night before to get signatures??