Monday, February 23, 2015

Gambling during Crucifixion

 "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..." ― John Donne 1624
stained glass at St. Colman Cleveland
We are "involved in mankind".  We are a community, all the people on earth.  We do not address everything, because there is too much; but on occasion we mention some other matters.

A friend, John, has written the management of the casino in what was Higbee's at the Terminal Tower on Cleveland's Public Square. He requested that certain sensibilities and respect toward people's concerns be shown. What in English is called 'Good' Friday has the most solemn hours of the Christian year, the three hours (noon to three) that Jesus hung on the cross.
railing at Trinity Lutheran Cleveland
The quotation from another John says: "They said then one to another: Let us not cut it, but let us cast lots for it, whose it shall be; that the scripture might be fulfilled, saying: They have parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture they have cast lot.  And the soldiers indeed did these things." 

Will they refrain from gambling during that time, and allow all staff the free option of not working those afternoon hours? "Shooting craps" (casting dice) on Good Friday strikes a nerve amongst a segment of the community.

Should not all gambling have a moratorium during these few hours? A once a year break, a few hours of stillness in activity?

There used to be a segment of the working population who would not work these hours. I did not work those hours, some did not like that choice; but i belonged to a union, a brotherhood, and although this was not in the contract, it was understood that yeah...there were guys in the past that would do this. So there was a precedent, and so few fellows exercise it; that to deny it would have been odd.

John wrote to:
Horseshoe Cleveland
Marcus Glover
100 Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

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