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. Opposition to calendar reform in a proposition that is astronomical and mathematical comes from the interference of certain religious groups. They fail to understand the universal and scientific character of the calendar and that it belongs to all nations, peoples and races. It does not deal with religious belief, dogma, theology, tradition, myth or orthodoxy. Therefore a tradition formulated in the time of the Babylonian captivity should not be made a reason for unreasonable adherence by Orthodox Jewry to their theory of the unbroken continuity of the seven day week.
A Seventh Day Adventist minister recently said that history all too often recorded that in hindering progress “zealous religionists prevailed upon the authority of the state to enforce their convictions.” Surely in a scientific and astronomical matter civil authority should not be hampered by self-centered sectarian points of views.
To certain religious sectarianists opposing The World Calendar because of the new world holidays I pose these questions: First, are we not told that the Sabbath was made for the benefit of man and not his enslavement? Second, scientifically the international date line requires a six or eight day week when crossing it, depending upon the direction. Does not this cause a broken continuity of the seven-day week? Third, for the Christian and Jews the Fourth Commandment clearly reads that six days of the week are for labor and one day for rest. But in the accelerated and intensified age in which we live, the six days of labor have been reduced to five with one day for relaxation and another day for worship, praise, prayer and rest. Why is the opposition reconciled to this accepted change while still adhering to a tradition and an interpretation not recognized by most Christians and Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists?
I wish to restate again firmly and unequivocally The World Calendar is global, does not deal with any form of religious diffence and is not subject to any religious group. It includes and serves all religions, all races, all nations, all peoples and all professions and activities of life. The World Calendar is a servant of Time as Time is a servant of the Creator who fashioned the heavens and the earth.
--Excerpt from page 3&4 of CLARIFYING CALENDAR REFORM, a pre-1961 booklet by Elisabeth Achelis.