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National Sunday Law, The

By Alonzo T. Jones

After the 1888 General Conference, A. T. Jones met the U.S. Senate head-on over Sunday legislation. In May of that same year, Senator Blair introduced a bill in the 50th Congress to “secure to the people the enjoyment of the first day of the week, commonly known as the Lord’s day as a day of rest, and to promote its observance as a day of religious worship.” The entire scope of the bill may be read in the introduction.

As Alonzo Jones presented his discourse to Congress, many questions and comments were made, enlarging the scope of Jones’s intended speech, and yet not allowing him to fully cover the material he intended, nor to fully cover the questions presented by the chairman and Congressional members.

Since the subject matter is worthy of attention by each and every American, Jones enlarged upon the subject and the questions recorded in the transcript, and presents them here. The principles of the American Constitution, the proper relationship between religion and the State, the distinction between moral and civil law, the inalienable civil and religious rights of men — these are question that never should become secondary in the mind of any American citizen. Constitutional provisions against the encroachments of the religious upon the civil power are safeguards only so long as the intelligence of the people shall recognize the truth that no man can allow any legislation in behalf of the religion in which he himself believes, without forfeiting his own religious freedom.

These thoughtful arguments against however well-meant the legislation may be, are enlightening. It is important for each one to guard not only our own inalienable rights to be free to worship as our conscience dictates, but to allow every other citizen to receive the same right. This book is a real help in understanding the issues involved with the Sunday law — and by principle, any other law that undermines the Constitutional right of freedom of worship.

Paper, 192 pages.


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