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01 April 2006
  Daylight Savings Time
Daylight Savings TimeNo April Foolin' on This One

Attention, citizens of these United States and all others whose lands implement Daylight Savings Time on the first Sunday in April): Unless you live in Arizona (or you do and you want to be really early for church tomorrow), don't forget to set your clocks and watches ahead one hour tonight before bed.

Like it or not &mdash and I'd like it a lot more if we could stay on standard time until after Holy Week and Easter — it's what most of the US and many other parts of the world do.
 
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That's "Daylight Saving Time". And NIST should know! No foolin'!
 
I forgot. Which means I ended up oversleeping and missed church.
 
Just in general, I wonder if the timing of DST is a subtle slam on the Church. What other major events habitually occur on Sunday morning, the one day most affected by this change?

I'm sure we'd hear a big hue and cry were DST occurring on Monday night leading into Tuesday, interrupting the work week. But, no, it's merely an inconvenience to the churches, so it's all OK...
 
Christians are being jailed, tortured, killed, and their families sold into slavery in Islamist regimes. Elsewhere Christians travel long distances, often on foot, just to attend a Christian worship service.

I don't know how much those Christians would sympathize with Christians in this country protesting over the inconvenience of having annually to get up an hour earlier than usual for church on a springtime Sunday.
 
carl: I said it was subtle. I'm not trying to compare us to truly persecuted Christians. But it is a statement our society makes on the importance of church.
 
The Department of Transportation is in charge of time zones in the United States and seeing that daylight saving time begins and ends on the same date as stated in the Uniform Time Act of 1966, as amended.
In his 2002 article "24/7: A Resource Guide to the Law of Time Standards", Stephen Young explains:

William Willet. . . is often credited with spearheading the modern movement to introduce Daylight Saving Time (DST) or "Advance Time" in Great Britain. Willet’s efforts resulted in the introduction of “British Summer Time” (BST) through the passage of the Summer Time Act (6 & 7 Geo. 5 c.14) in 1916. However, credit must also be given to Benjamin Franklin who proposed this idea in 1784 in his essay “An Economical Project.” [in a satire poking fun at the French for sleeping until noon]. The first introduction in the US of DST was two seventh month periods in 1918 and 1919 for the purposes of conserving resources during World War I (see the original Calder Act at 40 Stat. 450 which also established the time zones).

Following World War I DST was abolished on a national level and thus became a matter of local option. The beginning of the Second World War saw the need to reintroduce DST on a national basis. On February 9, 1942 the Roosevelt administration instituted year-round DST (56 Stat. 9), known at the time as “War Time,” until the end of the war in September 1945 (59 Stat. 537). Once again the end of a war led to an end to the nationwide adoption of DST, however states and local authorities were free to choose whether or not to adopt DST. The resulting chaotic picture led to the Interstate Commerce Commission, and later the Department of Transportation (the transfer of power from the ICC to the DOT was formalized by the Uniform Time Act of 1966), to push for a nationwide standard on DST. While opposition to a nationwide standard was voiced by the agricultural industry, far louder cries in favor of standardization were made by a variety of industries including the transportation and broadcasting industries.


Stephen Young has nothing in his article about the idea of using DST as "a statement our society makes on the importance of church."
 
Fine. Don't read my posts. The point was it falls on a SUNDAY morning--why not a Tuesday or a Friday?

I'm not arguing with where it comes from.

But WHY a Sunday? That's my question, that's where my curiosity comes in.

(And up here in the North, it ain't necessarily "springlike" or easy to get up that extra hour early when it hits...)
 
I'm sorry. Pr. Aardvark, if you could delete my comments in this thread. I've had a frustrating day and I'm taking my frustration out on a non-point. Forgive me.
 
The point was it falls on a SUNDAY morning--why not a Tuesday or a Friday? I'm not arguing with where it comes from. But WHY a Sunday? That's my question, that's where my curiosity comes in.

From a Daylight Saving Time webpage:

"In the U.S., 2:00 a.m. was originally chosen as the changeover time because it was practical and minimized disruption. Most people were at home and this was the time when the fewest trains were running. It is late enough to minimally affect bars and restaurants, and it prevents the day from switching to yesterday, which would be confusing. It is early enough that the entire continental U.S. switches by daybreak, and the changeover occurs before most early shift workers and early churchgoers (particularly on Easter) are affected."
 
How about this application of the Lutheran Confessions to daylight saving time:

Ap.VII/VIII.33 "But just as the dissimilar length of day and night does not injure the unity of the Church, so we believe that the true unity of the Church is not injured by dissimilar rites instituted by men."
 
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