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LET US PREY: Virginia Hunters 'Pushing God to the Side'

Sunday no Funday if Virginia Senate joins House in hunting change.

Hunting may soon be legal on Sundays in Virginia. (Patch file photo.)
Hunting may soon be legal on Sundays in Virginia. (Patch file photo.)
A fight in the Virginia legislature is focused on a narrow issue raising the broadest of questions: What's the meaning of Sunday?

At issue is a bill passed this week by the House of Delegates that would end the longtime ban against hunting in Virginia on Sundays, a long-fought issue that this year appears will finally go against preachers and Bambi and for hunters and hoteliers who say the ban is an archaic throwback to Christian-led politics and is hurting tourism.

A long-standing Virginia law declares Sunday "a rest day for all species of wild bird and wild animal life..." (The law excludes those dastardly night-owl raccoons, which need to keep their guard up until 2 a.m. on Sundays.)

"We're pushing God to the side," Thomas C. Wright, a Republican delegate from Lunenburg, told The Washington Post. "Now Sundays are like almost any other day of the week...The more we chip away at Sunday being the Lord's Day, the worse it is for our country.

The Virginia Senate has voted to lift the ban in the past and will likely vote to do so again, making hunting as OK on Sunday as football and buying beer.

"Imagine if we were to ban NASCAR on Sunday," Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter told the paper. "Imagine if we were to say, 'Whoops, no golf!'

"I think the tectonic plates would shift."
Rolling Thunder 2013 February 01, 2014 at 09:45 AM
@Tone. This article is about Sunday hunting in Virginia and not something else. I'm glad it's your last post. Google tells me you live in New Jersey.
Rudy February 03, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Sunday hunting is NEEDED in Virginia, especially in the Northern Virginia areas. As deer populations increase, their habitat decreases, their disease increases, car collisions increase, so does the human death toll with these collisions. For the "God Fearing", I do not believe there is a closer relationship with him than being in outdoors with the animals in which he created both. Do you really need to sit in a building to worship him? Hunting is conservation, conservation preserves the land and animals which utilize this land.
Rolling Thunder 2013 February 03, 2014 at 01:06 PM
@Rudy. When I was a teenager I asked my parents why we couldn't hunt on Sundays and they told me the preachers were afraid church attendance would go down and they'd collect less money. I'm praying they repeal the Sunday ban.
BD February 03, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I am more curious as to why the original comments (2 or 3 from the date the story first went on-line) have been deleted by Patch? Could it be that those comments were critical of the author and the way biased manner in which the story is presented? Those comments addressed the specifics of the proposed amendment - facts that were not addressed in the article. Seems odd that comments critical of the article and its bias were deleted - while comments from the anti-hunting left (which agree with the bias of this story) were moved to the top. Integrity of the media has ceased to exist in 21st century America.
Tone Gaglione February 04, 2014 at 01:48 PM
For Rudy, Animals must be allowed to rest on the Sabbath, Exodus 20:10 & Deuteronomy 5:14. Conservation is killing. Someone decides what animals live and what ones die. Car Accidents occur more during hunting season. GonaCon or some other form of contraception should be considered. Let us use Science and Technology rather than killing. If hunting worked as a way to control deer over-populations, why do we always need more and more hunting??? Compensatory Rebound is the answer.

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