What? Either these laws make sense or they don’t. I take the view that they don’t. They are a silly sop to people who want to take the fourth commandment seriously, and they want you to as well. So let’s use force. Do you really think Christianity would be voluntary for long if these bastards had any real power anymore with this mindset?
Anyway, as a reminder of the injunction
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
So I am not entirely certain how only shopping for six hours in a store of more then 3,000 square feet will not get God all smite-happy (although there has been a notable absence of such smite-related disasters since we worked out what actually caused things) but you see what I mean. I suppose you could argue that punishment comes in the after-life ~ God might perhaps think “Okay I see you lived a good life, gave to the poor, were kind to animals, went to church….wait, what’s this? You sinful bastard, you bought a DVD past four o’clock* in a Sainsbury’s megastore on the Sabbath?
…….It’s the fiery pit for you chummy”
But let’s assume its okay to inconvenience the national proles with this nonsense, how in the hell is it okay to de facto say “Well we don’t give two shits about you tax-paying plebs, but we can’t have the IOC or tourists inconvenienced except for the obvious security, travel restrictions, limited array of vendors, chunky costs and all that so for a few weeks it’s bye bye to the law of Moses and hello mammon”
* depending on the specific relative rotation of the earth and international time zone unknown in the bronze age when this was written obviously.