Dancing is banned on Sundays

Many Catholics and Christians see Sunday as the one day a week to pay tribute and honour their lord by attending church, praising Jesus and by praying for sinners and loved ones alike.

So, naturally, a law in Cayman states that no building or place licensed by the government shall be used for the purposes of public dancing, singing, music or any other public entertainment on Sundays as a sign of respect for this faith.

This means that music and dancing are only permitted in Cayman Monday through Friday, from 9am to 1am, and Saturdays from 9am to midnight.

Huh? What?

For the inquisitive and logical among us, this law does not make sense.

Religion and one’s personal faith should be recognized and respected by all Caymanians and ex-pats including the government and lawmakers, but the current Cayman law takes a step — a giant leap — in the direction on nonsensical.

The Bible’s Book of Acts speaks of Paul delivering synagogue services on the Sabbath (in this case, Saturday, but let’s not split hairs). Paul’s instructions are a major reason why people choose to attend church on Sundays.

Corinthians says that Paul worshipped on Sundays and celebrated communion, so churches continue to follow this tradition, understandably.

Christians use other books like Mark and Luke to justify celebrating their lord on Sunday. These are all factors that make sense. But where does the banning music and dancing fit in?

Music and dancing shouldn’t be left out of celebrating the Lord on Sundays; it should be used in absolute congruence with celebrating faith.

But for one brief moment, let’s leave religion out of this equation.

With obesity levels and healthcare costs on the rise, shouldn’t any form of physical activity on any day of the week be fine?

In a recent health letter on dancing, the Mayo Clinic — one of the leading institutions in the world for medical science — says that dancing reduces stress, increases energy, improves strength, and increases muscle tone and coordination.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in the US says that dancing lowers the risk of coronary heart disease, decreases blood pressure, helps manage your weight, and strengthens bones in your hips and legs.

Early music training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reason, according to the Children’s Music Workshop.

There is a causal link between music and spatial intelligence. Students with music in their lives will also learn to think creatively and to solve problems using their imaginations.

Recent studies show that students who study the arts and music score higher on academic tests and achieve higher grades in high school.

Why prohibit any person from bettering themselves through dancing and music?

Why not involve music and dancing every day in every place?

The right to choose to not dance or play music or sing on Sundays should be respected, always.

But there shouldn’t be a law banning music and dancing.

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