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Church versus racetrack: Punters see nothing wrong with Sunday racing

23 September 2009

JAMAICA -- As reported by The Gleaner: "The sport of kings is about to clash with the King of Kings, and racing fans do not think it is a bad thing. The Gleaner visited Caymanas Track in St Catherine yesterday to gauge how punters felt about their pastime being held on Sundays, which is regarded by some Christians in Jamaica as a holy day.

"Horse racing on Sunday, which is proposed for November 29 and December 13, has reignited the debate of what Sundays mean in a country which sees Christianity as the official religion. It has, to a similar extent, raised the spectre of the effects of gambling on society.

"The move, which was announced by Caymanas Track Limited's Chairman Tony Hart on September 16, has also moved Jamaicans to share their views in the simmering cultural war in Jamaica where secularism and religion coexist.

"...Weighing in, an elderly lady said she believes nothing is wrong with Sunday racing. She declined to give her name because she worshipped at a prominent Anglican church in St Andrew and did not want her fellow congregants to know that she attended the track as regularly as church..."

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