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Sunday Laws May Remain Issue Even After U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

The Christian Science Monitor predicted today that the dispute over Sunday closing laws, as they affect those observing a day other than Sum lay as their Sabbath, will not be settled by a United States Supreme Court ruling that such laws are unconstitutional. “Whatever the Supreme Court may rule, there probably will be serious questions left for state legislatures.” the paper said.

The Monitor made the prediction in an editorial noting that four such cases are now before the high tribunal, two from Pennsylvania, one from Maryland and one from Massachusetts. Jewish merchants are directly involved in some of the cases as plaintiffs. The Monitor cited arguments that, if some establishments were permitted to observe a different closing day from others, the enforcement system would break down “and a virtual seven-day business week” would follow.