Sunday Liquor Sales

Cary Wiggins over at Meeting the Sin Laws has a great post on this subject. Check out Georgia law continues to honor the Sabbath.

I have always found some states’ prohibitions on Sunday liquor sales to be bizarre, if not a violation of the separation of church and state. These “blue laws” as we call them in Massachusetts are nothing more than a few sects of one religion’s view on how the sabbath should be honored. I’ve read the Bible… would a guy who called wine “his blood,” really disapprove of us having a cocktail on Sunday, which wasn’t even his sabbath?

One Response to Sunday Liquor Sales

  1. blevinsj says:

    The illogical natural of “Sunday Liquor Law” is astounding! First, the law stem from a strict reading of the CHRISTIAN Bible and values therein. However, as you demonstrate, nothing in the Bible demands abstention of Sunday as per Jesus. Last I heard Jesus turned water into wine…it does not sound like he has problems with consumption of his blood (though creepy). Second, a strict reading of the Bible (either version) illustrates that if any day was proper to abstain, it would be Saturday. Saturday is the actual Sabbath…remember Christians, Jesus was a Jew (even Atheists know that). So as Walter Sobchak would say:

    Saturday, Donny, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that I don’t work, I don’t get in a car, I don’t fucking ride in a car, I don’t pick up the phone, I don’t turn on the oven, and I sure as shit [shouts] don’t fucking roll! Shomer shabbos!

    Being that we are governed by laws and not religion we must turn to the document that determines whether these law are proper…the Constitution. No, do not go running to the First Amendment. Once people hear religion and state, the First Amendment is triggered. However, these law are not governed by the First Amendment. Surprisingly, to most, the cause of action lies in the 21st A.

    The 21st Amendment is bitter sweet…it was a victory for red blooded, hard working Americans that enjoy drinking away the black lung on their time off…it was defeat for the Prohibition Movement….or was it? The 21st Amendment preserves power in the STATE to determine the importation, manufacture, sale and delivery of alcohol. Thus, the several states determine what is appropriate for its citizens. So, the religiously conscious few can create valid restrictions on alcohol consumption….no matter how illogical!!!

    It is interesting to note that these laws gain strength around the Mason-Dixon line…this line was also a dividing line for another event in American History (coincidence?!)…

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