BRAZIL: Seventh-day Adventists Win Sabbath Exemption in Santa Catarina
Members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and other Sabbatarians in Santa Catarina, Brazil—which has a population of nearly 6 million people—will be able to keep the Sabbath while pursuing educational goals, it was announced in January.
Governor Luiz Henrique da Silveira signed a bill guaranteeing that entrance exams for public and private universities in the state would be held between 8 a.m. on Sunday and 6 p.m. on Friday, times that would not interfere with Sabbath worship. If exams must be given on the Sabbath, or Saturday, those unable to participate would be given a separate chance to take the test, the law states.
“We could perceive that, since the preliminary phase of the creation of the law, the hand of God directed the human minds involved, since the work resulted in a greater benefit for His people in the state of Santa Catarina,” said Wilson Knoener Fields, an attorney and legal secretary for the Judicial Court of Santa Catarina who also is a Seventh-day Adventist church member. Several other Adventist legislators participated in the effort, reports indicate.