Posts Tagged ‘Sabbath’

Samoa’s PM threatened new Sabbath law that would ban any work from Friday evening until Monday morning

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Samoa Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has revealed that he threatened the council of churches with a proposed new law which would close the country down completely every weekend to allow Christians to keep the Sabbath holy. Continue reading

Tonga’s Bread Wars – Church makes useful contribution to politics

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Keeping the sabbath holy, keeps Tonga ahead of the rest of the Pacific and the world in the political game says Senituli Penitani in a letter in the Tonga newspaper Matangi Tonga. In May the government of Tonga banned the sale of bread on Sundays. In this most recent round of the ongoing Sunday Bread War the Read more

UK Chief Rabbi calls for ‘Sabbath’ from social media

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Britain’s Chief Rabbi has warned that the UK is in danger of falling prey to an addiction to social media at the expense of real human relationships. Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the ancient Jewish principle of observing the Sabbath or a day of rest is an “antidote” to such an addiction. The orthodox Jewish interpretation Read more

Tongan MP apologises for picking up rubbish on Sunday

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Tonga’s infrastructure minister, Etuate Lavulavu, has issued a public apology for picking up rubbish on Sunday. In a statement, Mr Lavulavu says he had no intention to breach the Sunday law by picking up the rubbish, and was trying to ensure that Tonga was kept clean. Read more

No Sunday events at 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Pacific Games Council Annual General Meeting has been told that there will be no games on Sunday at the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga. The chief executive officer for the 2019 Tonga Pacific Games Organising committee, and former Prime Minister Lord Savele said, “we have decided we’d go back to the traditional way we’ve Read more

$40,000 for man sacked because of his religious beliefs

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A Seventh Day Adventist man has been awarded $40,000 after he was fired as a result of his religious beliefs. He had refused to work on Saturdays because it was against his faith. Mark Meulenbroek had worked since 2004 at an Invercargill company that installed TV and audio systems, and was considered a model employee. Read more

Refusing to work on Sabbath a human right

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A meat worker sacked for refusing to work on the Sabbath has been awarded almost $30,000 compensation after successfully arguing the decision breached his human rights. Jalesi Nakarawa complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that Affco New Zealand terminated his job on religious grounds. Tribunal’s orders: * A declaration is made that Affco committed a Read more

Seventh Day Adventists in Samoa keep the Sabbath on Sunday

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Samoa’s decision to shift to the other side of the dateline at the beginning of 2012 has caused division in the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Samoa. The Seventh Day Adventist administrators in Samoa decided to keep an unbroken cycle of seven days with the seventh day being Sabbath. The first week after the nation Read more

Is it time to reconsider the true meaning of the Sabbath rest?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The laws regarding “keeping the Sabbath day holy” were intended to give workers a day off so that they could do what they wanted to do rather than what some one else, their bosses, wanted them to do. But there is a perverse human instinct to turn freedom into bondage. Thus down through the ages Read more