Has Religious Right Again Killed Sunday Alcohol Sales?

It looks as if legislators under the Gold Dome are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on the issue of Sunday sales of alcohol.

For the last few years, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, a teetotaler, had stood in the way of efforts to simply allow voters at the local level to decide if they wanted to be able to buy alcoholic beverages at grocery and convenience stores on Sunday. His argument seems to have been that if Georgians wanted to drink alcohol on Sunday, they should plan ahead and buy on Saturday. During Perdue’s eight years in office, Republican legislators apparently saw no mileage to take a risk in upsetting a key constituency, the Religious Right, only to have Perdue veto such a measure.

But that was then, and this is now. Georgia’s new governor, Nathan Deal, has stated publicly he is inclined sign legislation allowing voters at the local level to decide whether to allow Sunday sales.

Two pieces of legislation — HB 69 and SB 10 — that would provide for local control on this issue have cleared their respective committees with little opposition. They await placement on the calendars of both chambers to come to the floor for vote. Until a few days ago, it appeared as if Sunday-sales was on the fast track to being passed.

A small glint of freedom appeared on the horizon; a flickering light that now appears illusory.

The Religious Right once again is flexing its muscles; determined to limit the personal choice Georgians should be allowed to make without the meddling of government nannies. Their complaint is that allowing a grown man or woman in Georgia to purchase a six-pack of beer on Sunday constitutes an unaccceptable “encroachment of the Lord’s day.” The contradiction that many such religious advocates object strongly to other meddling by the government gives them no pause.

Of course, opposition to the Sunday-sales measure does not end with those trying to force their morality and religious beliefs on others. Liquor store owners also have voiced opposition to the legislation, because they do want the competition they would face from supermarkets and convenience stores, if the Sunday-sales measure became law. Thus, their active opposition to the legislation.

The scenario that seems to be playing out is that House and Senate members with strong connections to certain liquor store owners are using the opposition of the Religious Right, and the resulting specter of primary challengers, to intimidate colleagues into opposing SB 10. At least in the Senate, in the absence of strong legislative leadership, this strategy appears to be working.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, which supports Sunday sales, recently made clear it was going to “score” a vote on legislative scorecards; a common step using votes to measure support for business interests in the state. Last week, however, word leaked out that Senate leadership and ranking members had met with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and asked them to step back.

Polls have shown repeatedly that Georgians want to decide this issue for themselves; with results ranging from 52 to 78 percent in favor of the measure. One specific poll conducted by the well-represented McLaughlin & Associates, for a lobbyist group supportive of Sunday sales, shows Republican voters in five Senate districts supportive of the legislation. In fact, voters in all five districts expressed the opinion they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported Sunday sales over one who did not.

No matter what the polls say or what special interests groups want, this is an issue of personal choice, whereby Georgians should be allowed to decide what is best for their communities. Despite early support in the state Senate; intense lobbying by the Religious Right, coupled with a vacuum of determined leadership, may have killed the measure this session.

If constituents mount a determined push at this time, however, there may still be a chance to brace up the leadership in the Senate and secure passage. I’m just not sure I’d urge advocates of Sunday sales to hold their breath.

– by Bob Barr, The Barr Code

235 comments Add your comment

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:27 am

“that’s why i do not attend church…hypocrisy.”

Hypocrisy is everywhere.

Get a life!

February 16th, 2011
9:28 am

The Lord does not give a dam whether you drink on Tuesday or Sunday as long as its in moderation! These idiot religious freaks that protest and deceive our legislators are as bad as the child molestor or rapist in my opinion.

I’m a religious person but I don’t judge others for what they are or what they want to do as long as it’s within the rule of law. Preventing individuals either religous or an atheist from buying a twelve pack of Bud or a 5th of Jack on Sunday is total hypocrisy period!

Typical political ‘behind the doors” threats from certain supposed political action groups like the far right wing freaks.

God will judge you one day for your self centerd control of your fellow man!

Sam

February 16th, 2011
9:29 am

Why don’t I plan ahead? Why don’t you stay out of my gawdamm business.

Every actions has a side effect and WE CALL THIS MUTHA REVENGE.

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:30 am

“These idiot religious freaks that protest and deceive our legislators are as bad as the child molestor or rapist in my opinion. ‘

Wow, you’ve got some serious issues, dude.

“I’m a religious person but I don’t judge others”

Oh, I bet you do. In fact, you just did in your previous statement.

“God will judge you one day for your self centerd control of your fellow man!’

Everyone will be judged. Even you.

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:32 am

Get a life! wrote:

I’m a religious person but I don’t judge others

THEN

These idiot religious freaks

Guess you don’t know what hypocrisy is.

Get a life!

February 16th, 2011
9:33 am

Hey LA get a life you freak! Have a nice day

The Truth

February 16th, 2011
9:34 am

I’m starting a group – Ultraconservative Christian Right Wingers for Alcohol Sales on Sunday.

People will not come to know the Truth more because alcohol is not sold on Sundays. What a foolish notion. As indicated by several of these comments, silly governmental restrictions only serve to make Christianity look petty and ridiculous.

Get over the minutiae, and focus on seeking a better understanding of the reality of God!

Tim

February 16th, 2011
9:34 am

Get a life!

Your last rant is filled with hypocritical rhetoric. In fact, you contradict yourself several times while saying that you are a religious person. To compare someone to a child molester is utterly stupid and immature and you need to grow up. Your “religion” is what turns people off. In fact, saying that you are religious and then turning around and calling people names is just stupid.

Dee

February 16th, 2011
9:35 am

Here is another side to this controversy that I have witnessed. Religious groups who support maintaining the ban are some of the same ones you will find in neighborhood convenience stores playing lottery games and smoking cigarettes after church on Sunday. What is the difference? Grown responsible adults should be able to go to the store on Sunday or any other day and by what they want. Acrimony from religious groups on this matter will continue but it should not impact goverment decisions in any form.

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:36 am

“Hey LA get a life you freak! Have a nice day”

Wow, hypocrisy must be your middle name. I mean, to come on here, name call and then blab to the world that you are “religious” is hilarious. By the way, it’s funny that you tell me to get a life yet you’re on here spewing hate.

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:37 am

“These idiot religious freaks”

and

“I’m a religious person’

So are you a religious freak or an idiot freak?

Pretty easy answer.

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:38 am

Dee

Yep, you can find hypocrisy anywhere. “Get a life!” for example.

Red

February 16th, 2011
9:39 am

I love how people start digging up Jefferson on the separation issue. This is a guy who called for rights of man, all are created equally, and dignity of humanity while keeping darker skinned people on the farm and counting them as 3/5 of a human being – because you are 3/5th a person you don’t get rights and are considered property. We can’t forget him having relations with his property. Sally was counted with the furniture and cookware but worthy of relations and having children. Find someone else to quote.

If you want to call the Religious Right hypocrites for calling for less government but then countering with more on social issues, you might want to not use Jefferson as an example. You don’t use a hypocrite to attack hypocrisy.

GG

February 16th, 2011
9:41 am

So let’s get this straight – government should get out of our lives unless it applies to “encroaching on the Lord’s day,” e.g. making personal choices like buying a beer, going shopping on Sunday, or (gasp!) going to anything other than a relgious right-approved church. That’s called freedom. What the religious right is promoting is not freedom, it’s theocracy. Freedom for them, restriction based on their beliefs for everyone else…

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
9:44 am

LA, and I love it when intellectual children are allowed to use the internet. what do we always hear about the Muslim Brotherhood? it’s a fanatical “Islamofacist” group that wants to use Sharia law to shape/direct civil law. how is using “Christian law” to shape GA law any different? but as I noted, the politicians are merely pandering to the Christian right. I am of the opinion the “religious right” is being used by more sinister, sectarain forces (the private liquor store owners, who feel the will lose sales to ‘already open on Sunday’ convenience stores and grocery stores). it’s very simple, if you don’t want to buy liquor on Sundays, don’t buy liquor on Sundays. the law simply allows for the issue to be resolved at the local level (there are certainly any number of “dry” counties in GA and other states). one does not have to “blw up buildings” to be a terrorist.

gm

February 16th, 2011
9:45 am

Religious Right a bunch of hyporcrites, who on super bowl Sunday had beer and liqor having a ball, these same hypocrites go to Florida and buy booze on Sunday.
I have been saying this over and over when you idiots in Georgia vote Rep conservatives you vote againt your own interest, I guess this is Obama fault, what a bunch of back woods bible belt hypocrites in these state.

BW

February 16th, 2011
9:45 am

I think on this issue one can be against it on religious grounds or on political grounds but not both. I have a theory for the decline of self identification with religion: the injection of politics into religion or vice versa…they will fundamentally conflict with one another.

Carlosgvv

February 16th, 2011
9:45 am

LA

I should be used to the fact that so many “religious people” are so filled with such hypocrisy. As for Muslims and Christians, many Muslems seem to be where The Church was during The Spanish Inquisition. I wonder if they will ever learn to live and let live?

Atlanta Native

February 16th, 2011
9:45 am

Don’t you hate it when a post just disappears

To my fellow Christians who are vehemently against sales, ask WDJD {‘did” for “would”}

First, he was against blue laws. In Matthew, Mark and Luke there appears a story where Jesus is questioned by Pharisees as to his disciples plucking grain on the Sabbath. The Pharisees were concerned that it was against the law to work on the Sabbath. Jesus responded that it was OK for David to eat the showbread from the temple and it was OK for the disciples to pluck grain on the Sabbath, because they were hungry.

Second, when wine was unavailable for a wedding where the available wine would run out and no more was available, he performed his first miracle by making between 51 and 80 cases of great tasting wine. Second Chapter of John, verses 1 through 11.

Third, the ritual of remembrance we perform on Sundays involves wine. For those denominations that use wine, should we not allow them to purchase same for this holy ritual? Luke Chapter 22 verses 17 through 20

To those who believe their morals are superior to those of Christ and would support such blue laws, you are the new Pharisees. I know Christians who will not enter an establishment that serves alcohol. Would they condemn Christ in the present day for dining with a tax collector or associating with Mary Magdalene?

PS before you start quoting Leviticus to me, give up pork BBQ, shrimp cocktails and garments with more than one cloth.

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:48 am

“nd I love it when intellectual children are allowed to use the internet.”

Well, blame your babysitter for that one, little girl.

“it’s a fanatical “Islamofacist” group that wants to use Sharia law to shape/direct civil law.’

Yep, and they behead, stone, rape and destroy everyone who doesn’t follow their law.

“how is using “Christian law” to shape GA law any different?”

Huh, I had no idea “Christian law” shaped the entire state of GA. LIke I said, the drinking law is stupid.

“if you don’t want to buy liquor on Sundays, don’t buy liquor on Sundays. ‘

Yep, and if you could read, you’d know that I agree with you on that.

“one does not have to “blw up buildings” to be a terrorist.’

So how are these Baptists terrorizing you? Do you hide in your double wide with a shot gun in fear of the Baptists?

CharlieATL

February 16th, 2011
9:49 am

Embarrassingly, the Religious Reich continues to thrive in Georgia. Shame on our Senate leadership for the manner in which they are conducting themselves with this issue. And if the Chamber backs down from shining light on this cowardly approach, one would have to question that organization’s legitimate interest in promoting business in Georgia.
Religious ‘organizations’ in Georgia that attempt for force their faith-based values upon others through threats of non-voter support for elected officials in future elections engage in despicable behavior. I truly regret our State and Federal governments’ practice of allowing significant tax breaks to ‘recognized’ religious endeavors, and businesses’ eleemosynary discounts and accommodations; it just encourages this type of behavior.

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:49 am

“As for Muslims and Christians, many Muslems seem to be where The Church was during The Spanish Inquisition. ‘

The only problem in your statement is the fact that those “Christians” were all Catholic. Please try not to lump all Christians in one group. I do see your point though.

Atlanta Native

February 16th, 2011
9:49 am

Don’t you hate it when a post just disappears from view. Third try.

To my fellow Christians who are vehemently against sales, ask WDJD {‘did” for “would”}

First, he was against blue laws. In Matthew, Mark and Luke there appears a story where Jesus is questioned by Pharisees as to his disciples plucking grain on the Sabbath. The Pharisees were concerned that it was against the law to work on the Sabbath. Jesus responded that it was OK for David to eat the showbread from the temple and it was OK for the disciples to pluck grain on the Sabbath, because they were hungry.

Second, when wine was unavailable for a wedding where the available wine would run out and no more was available, he performed his first miracle by making between 51 and 80 cases of great tasting wine. Second Chapter of John, verses 1 through 11.

Third, the ritual of remembrance we perform on Sundays involves wine. For those denominations that use wine, should we not allow them to purchase same for this holy ritual? Luke Chapter 22 verses 17 through 20

To those who believe their morals are superior to those of Christ and would support such blue laws, you are the new Pharisees. I know Christians who will not enter an establishment that serves alcohol. Would they condemn Christ in the present day for dining with a tax collector or associating with Mary Magdalene?

PS before you start quoting Leviticus to me, give up pork BBQ, shrimp cocktails and garments with more than one cloth.

LA

February 16th, 2011
9:51 am

“I guess this is Obama fault, what a bunch of back woods bible belt hypocrites in these state’

By all means, move elsewhere. Heck, move to Illinois where everything is corrupt and Democrat controlled. You can enjoy high crime, high taxes and buy alcohol on Sunday to drown out the thought of having Rahm Emanuel as your new mayor.

Are we in Communist China?

February 16th, 2011
9:51 am

I am so happy I can buy a gun on Sundays but I can’t pick up a 6-pack to watch a football game. Why are people governing by their religious moral and not their better judgement. I thought I lived in an America where MY religious view point was respected. Just because you feel strongly that buying alcohol would take away from people’s relationship with the Lord, but who are you to say all of have the same Lord. Should we make it illegal for everyone to Work or use a Car on the Sabbath? How about we force people to go to Church.

Correct me if I am wrong but this “Christian Nation” was founded because other Christians wouldn’t let the original settlers practice their version of the religion. How about you take your bible and beat against your head and we will take of beer cans and crush them against ours.

Atlanta Native

February 16th, 2011
9:57 am

LA – at the time all Christians were Catholic.

Atlanta Native

February 16th, 2011
9:58 am

Fourth try. W does this not post?

To my fellow Christians who are vehemently against sales, ask WDJD {‘did” for “would”}

First, he was against blue laws. In Matthew, Mark and Luke there appears a story where Jesus is questioned by Pharisees as to his disciples plucking grain on the Sabbath. The Pharisees were concerned that it was against the law to work on the Sabbath. Jesus responded that it was OK for David to eat the showbread from the temple and it was OK for the disciples to pluck grain on the Sabbath, because they were hungry.

Second, when wine was unavailable for a wedding where the available wine would run out and no more was available, he performed his first miracle by making between 51 and 80 cases of great tasting wine. Second Chapter of John, verses 1 through 11.

Third, the ritual of remembrance we perform on Sundays involves wine. For those denominations that use wine, should we not allow them to purchase same for this holy ritual? Luke Chapter 22 verses 17 through 20

To those who believe their morals are superior to those of Christ and would support such blue laws, you are the new Pharisees. I know Christians who will not enter an establishment that serves alcohol. Would they condemn Christ in the present day for dining with a tax collector or associating with Mary Magdalene?

PS before you start quoting Leviticus to me, give up pork BBQ, shrimp cocktails and garments with more than one cloth.

Jimmy62

February 16th, 2011
9:58 am

Of course I agree. I do wish we could find a party that has some fiscal sanity, and at the same time makes a real commitment to personal freedom and liberty. The local GOP, unfortunately, does not fit that bill, though they are getting better. The Democrats, of course, are all for freedom and liberty, as long as you do what they tell you to do and think how they want you to think.

Atlanta Native

February 16th, 2011
9:59 am

To my fellow Christians who are vehemently against sales, ask WDJD {‘did” for “would”}

First, he was against blue laws. In Matthew, Mark and Luke there appears a story where Jesus is questioned by Pharisees as to his disciples plucking grain on the Sabbath. The Pharisees were concerned that it was against the law to work on the Sabbath. Jesus responded that it was OK for David to eat the showbread from the temple and it was OK for the disciples to pluck grain on the Sabbath, because they were hungry.

Atlanta Native

February 16th, 2011
9:59 am

Second, when wine was unavailable for a wedding where the available wine would run out and no more was available, he performed his first miracle by making between 51 and 80 cases of great tasting wine. Second Chapter of John, verses 1 through 11.

Atlanta Native

February 16th, 2011
10:00 am

Third, the ritual of remembrance we perform on Sundays involves wine. For those denominations that use wine, should we not allow them to purchase same for this holy ritual? Luke Chapter 22 verses 17 through 20

To those who believe their morals are superior to those of Christ and would support such blue laws, you are the new Pharisees. I know Christians who will not enter an establishment that serves alcohol. Would they condemn Christ in the present day for dining with a tax collector or associating with Mary Magdalene?

Dan

February 16th, 2011
10:01 am

Lets put convenient assumptions aside and discuss reality, it is about government control of a highly lucrative taxable commodity. Cleopatra started it a couple thousand years ago.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alcohol_laws_of_the_United_States_by_state
based on wikepedia there is all manner of restritions in virtually all states. Religion and safety are used by politicians to convince the masses to allow the control but they are not the driving factors. I would love to see sales on Sunday, but as with any other problem one has to correctly identify the issue in order to solve it.
A few other misleading assumptions on the argument
One Sunday sales will not increase tax revenue materially, it will simply shift the day it is collected. (for the most part)
That fact also means, sunday sales will hurt the little guy, who will sell the same amount but have to be open 7 days ie higher overhead per dollar of sale
It will help the grocery stores who are open anyway, they will get most of any small increase in sales without the extra overhead

furious_styles

February 16th, 2011
10:03 am

What a bunch of Candy-ASSes under the gold dome.

luangtom

February 16th, 2011
10:05 am

Now, when are these zealots going to subscribe to what they preach? They do not advocate government coming to their arena of religion, but are demanding to control government to cow-tow to their whims on such trivial matters. Let the people decide in local voting. That clearly reflects the mores and desires of the citizens.

Next, if these zealots truly follow the word of their Bibles, they would not be demanding no sales on Sundays. The day of rest, as the Bible says, is the seventh day. The seventh day is Saturday………

Are we in Communist China?

February 16th, 2011
10:08 am

Dan thanks for actually having a rational discussion on the topic. I think you hit it nail on the head.

In PA you can only buy 6-packs (2 at a time) on Sunday’s from grocery store, after 12pm. I think under rational it would work out and then our stores might be able to cut us a better deal on other products with the increase in revenue that Sunday Sales would produce.

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
10:09 am

LA, please show me where I used the word “entire”. let me save you the trouble, I never used the word, so your long-winded, infantile response is “inadmissible”. and most of the folks on this bog are chronological AND intellectual grown-ups. I referred to you as an “intellectual child” because you think and act like a child. you spout pointless, contrarian rubish for no apparently reason but your narcissistic need for attention (like when a pre-schooler ‘acts out’ for attention). referring to me as a “little girl” is equally childish. do you think I believe intellect is tied to gender? did you ever consider my given name might be Josephine? sounds like someone is cranky because he hasn’t had a nap (or mommy didn’t love him enough).

LA

February 16th, 2011
10:11 am

Atlanta Native

Great points, all! I remember laughing at someone who said that the wine was really grape juice and that wine back then was alcohol free.

Here is a contradiction that I have seen. I have been to churches where the pastor was overweight and yet never talked about obesity or gluttony yet it’s a sin. So, are we to ban food because a person will eat too much and get fat?

gm

February 16th, 2011
10:11 am

LA: You can enjoy high crime, high taxes and buy alcohol on Sunday to drown out the thought of having Rahm Emanuel as your new mayor:
So, I guess every state that sells beer on Sunday have high crime? This is why the Christian right has no credibility , yet they run to Falcon, Hawks game on Sunday and booze it up.
We really vaule the christian right the same people that oppose civil rights, women rights and had the bible in one hand and lynching on the other.
Only 2 states do not sell beer on Sunday, continue to vote your good old boy hyporcrites rep in office and be considered the back wood of the south.

luangtom

February 16th, 2011
10:13 am

What hypocrisy, to demand separation of church and state and now to meddle in affairs of government. It is laughable to read of the Right demanding “God’s day” is respected. If this is so, then demand that no businesses work at all on “God’s day”. Close the malls, it is God’s day. Close the cinemas, it is God’s day. Stay home and cook for your families. Never gonna happen is it?

And, to those that subscribe to the Bible when they can use it for their benefit, just what is the “day of rest”? Is it not written that the seventh day is the “day of rest”? Well, on my calendar that is Saturday………

Atlanta Native

February 16th, 2011
10:14 am

LA – yes, and they kept the grape juice in the ‘fridge!

realitybytes

February 16th, 2011
10:15 am

Did any of you actually read the article?!? It clearly states that a large portion of the pressure is coming from the liquor store lobby….not the religious right. Put the blame where it needs to be. These are old laws from a different time. I think you should be able to buy alcohol any day of the week. But as the laws are what they are, plan ahead and get it on Saturday. You don’t like the law? Pressure your congressman to change it!

Are we in Communist China?

February 16th, 2011
10:17 am

Its also ok in this city, and a lot of other places, for you to go to a restaurant and get hammered only to drive home but I cannot get a six pack and drink in the safety of my own house…

LA

February 16th, 2011
10:17 am

“please show me where I used the word “entire”.”

When you wrote GA LAW. The law impacts the entire state.

“so your long-winded, infantile response is “inadmissible”. ‘

Insult fail, ma’am.

“and most of the folks on this bog are chronological AND intellectual grown-ups.’

And you can prove that, how? How does one prove, on a blog that he/she is an intellectual?

“I referred to you as an “intellectual child” because you think and act like a child. you spout pointless, contrarian rubish for no apparently reason but your narcissistic need for attention ”

I ran circles around you, ma’am. You can pretend to be an intellect all you want, but as I see it, you’re nothing more than menopausal woman in need of a bottle of Midol.

“referring to me as a “little girl” is equally childish.’

It’s true.

“do you think I believe intellect is tied to gender?”

Ma’am, I couldn’t care less what you think about gender and intellect. I call em like I see em and nothing you’ve ranted about shows me that you have an IQ above that of a carrot.

“did you ever consider my given name might be Josephine?’

No, I see you more as a Crystal or Shintequa.

LA

February 16th, 2011
10:21 am

“So, I guess every state that sells beer on Sunday have high crime?’

Nope, your words not mine. All I was saying was that if you want to live in a heavily Democrat controlled environment, move to Illinois.

“his is why the Christian right has no credibility”

Maybe with you, but they do wield great power.

“We really vaule the christian right the same people that oppose civil rights, women rights and had the bible in one hand and lynching on the other.’

Ah, so now the right is a bunch of klanners. Well, since we’re playing this game I guess I can refer to you as a Marxist baby killer. Like that?

“Only 2 states do not sell beer on Sunday, continue to vote your good old boy hyporcrites rep in office and be considered the back wood of the south.”

ARE YOU STUPID?????? Seriously, are you stupid? Geez, you obviously can’t read or you’d have read where I think that bill is RETARDED.

Republican Atheist

February 16th, 2011
10:21 am

I despise and oppose Hussein Obama as much as any clear thinking conservative in the USA, but the religious right nutters are just as vile ideologically as he is. Bible bashers are control freak simpletons, always looking to impose their backward pagan saviour god Osiris-Dionysus Jesus myth dogma on more sophisticated and better educated folks. The irony is I don’t even drink alcohol, but the symbolism of this religious moral fascism shows us all just how pathetic these smug churchy lemmings are. Believe in whatevr you want, but do NOT seek to impose your superstitions on others. The religious right demand freedom of religion, perfectly reasonable – provided its done privately, behind consenting closed doors… the smartest folks of all though demand freedom FROM religion.

Joe the Plutocrap

February 16th, 2011
10:23 am

Joe the Plutocrat

If you are an intellectual, please tell us all where you graduated from. Which Ivy League school did you get your degree in pottery making?

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
10:23 am

again folks, this has nothing (ultimately) to do with religion or Christianity. it has to do with weak, shallow, insecure “businessmen” who do not have the savvy, fortitude and gumption to run independent liquor stores. it is a classic example of money (lobbyists) providing access to legislation, which in turn provides a competitive advantage for the few at the constitutional (legal) expense of the rest. any of you folks play chess? the “Christian right” is not playing the game, the Christian right is merely a piece (why don’t we say “the bishop”?). the Christian right has certain skills/assets, which favor the persons moving the pieces. basically, the independent liquor store lobby is about to say ‘checkmate’. it’s not some wild, crazy conspiracy. it is merely a case of an organized group furthering its very specific interest. sprinkling Christianity simply appeals to the dim-witted, backward a** god-fearing fools who inhabit this state. why doesn’t the state ban lotto sales on Sunday?

LA

February 16th, 2011
10:24 am

Republican Atheist

Sounds like you have a lot of hatred for Christians. Hope you don’t end up pulling a gun in church and taking anyone out.

Red

February 16th, 2011
10:26 am

We regulate all sorts of things. To those espousing some ‘libertarian’ view, should children be allowed to drink a legal beverage? Smoke a cigarette? Read an adult mag? There are regulated items in a capitalist society. Unless you just figure everything for everyone. Guns for kids, drugs, etc.

It’s amazing when people get on a blog and start saying what standard we should live by how this standard when applied across the board suddenly becomes “well in THOSE cases we should regulate”. Liberals on here taking swipes at the religious right have no business at all whining about blue laws either. As much regulation they’ve placed on society, this is miniscule in comparison.

LA

February 16th, 2011
10:26 am

“sprinkling Christianity simply appeals to the dim-witted, backward a** god-fearing fools who inhabit this state. ‘

Wow, what profound intellectual thought. I love how you intelligently used “backward a** god-fearing fools.” Your college professors must have been astounded by that thinking. Wow, you make Al Gore look like a simpleton.

Go sell stupid somewhere else, low IQ.