I shall open this post by expressing my utmost and deepest respect for anybody's religious convictions. I shall also add immediately that I am familiar with the Scriptural reference to the seventh day being a day of rest. In fact, since arriving in Lewis just over 4 years ago, I have come to appreciate that one quiet day in the week.
In previous posts on the BBC IB site, I have repeatedly mentioned the contradictions that exist in these islands regarding the observation of the Sabbath. Whilst (most) shops are closed, pubs are open. Whilst the ferry does not sail, planes do fly out of the airport at Stornoway. Whilst there is no ferry to the island of Lewis, MV Hebrides happily plies between Lochmaddy (in North Uist) and Uig (Skye) on a Sunday.
And now, the golf course at Scarista is losing out on a £75,000 subsidy because it isn't open on Sunday. The controversy involving the body Sportscotland, which will not award the money, is well publicised locally. They state that sports facilities should be available at all reasonable times - and being closed on Sunday means that Scarista is not. Our MP has huffed and puffed over this, crying wolf over the alleged discrimination against local custom in the northern Hebrides.
I don't think local custom is being discriminated against. It is a case of baking your cake and eating it.
I gather the shortfall has already been made up, incidentally.