thehat wrote:ocmusicjunkie wrote:Shawn Green using Jewish holidays for vacation is SUCH total BS.
The other major sports play on Christmas Day. We play on Easter.
And why exactly does this holiday prevent him from playing? If he wanted to go outside and play baseball with his kids on that day, is that against his religion too?
It's a classic case of someone exploiting a minority group they happen to be in for personal gain.
What "personal gain" is there in this for Green? I really can't see where there is a problem here. Guys are given days off for personal matters on a regular basis. It's one game.
As for your contention re: Christmas and Easter. It's apples and oranges. The way I understand it, on this particular Jewish holiday, work of any kind is prohibited and there is to be no food eaten on the holiday. It is the day of atonement.
There are no such requirements for Christmas and Easter. And, as far as Christmas is concerned, there are no games played in any professional sport on Christmas Eve and very few on Christmas Day. The NHL usually doesn't play any and the NBA has a couple....big TV games as they know everyone will be home.
Comparing a day where we open presents and sit around the house with family stuffing ourselves to this Jewish holiday just doesn't wash.
You are right about Yom Kippur, 100% (I think ). I am Jewish, so I hope I'm right. If Green wants to follow his religious beliefs and not work on Yom Kippur, he should do so.
OCMJ, Christians players dont take time off for Christmas and/or Easter for 2 reasons. 1, there are hardly ever games on those days because they are almost like national holidays at this point. 2, because neither holiday requires that you not work or do strenuous activities.