Hello everyone. Trina here.
I just ran across an article that I wanted to share with you. It grabbed my attention because it is about “Blue Laws.” I can remember when I first moved to Texas several years ago (I don’t live there now) that I was floored to learn that I couldn’t go shopping on Sundays. I was a teenager at the time and I wanted to shop! I was speechless when I learned why I couldn’t – “Blue Law.” It seemed so absurd to me. Ever since then, I have had a certain contempt for “Blue Laws.”
Now, on to the article…
There are several states that still have “Blue Laws” that place restrictions on the sale of alcohol on Sundays. It seems that the majority (if not all) of the proponents of these restrictions are religious folk.
There are even some counties within states that are “dry” counties that do not allow for the sale of alcohol – ever.
What some states are now becoming painfully aware of (in light of our economic crisis), is what those dry counties have known for some time – people take their business elsewhere. If they want alcohol on Sunday, they will get it (whenever feasible).
There are states now that are setting out to repeal “Blue Law” restrictions on alcohol sales. Those states are Georgia, Connecticut, Texas, Alabama and Minnesota. Connecticut, in particular, has lost money to neighboring states because of their laws. Even if people don’t go elsewhere, some state officials feel that the restrictions are costing them big bucks in tax revenues.
According to an article in TIME, these states have strong voter support for repealing these laws, much to the dismay of certain religious groups. Jim Beck, president of the Georgia Christian Coalition said:
During times of economic stress, our families are under enough pressure. I don’t think we need to add even more pressure to those families by passing this law.
But it was pointed out in the article that:
…the President [FDR] recognized that legally procured cocktails were the way to keep spirits high when Americans were trying to get used to putting their trust into the nation’s crumbling banking system again.
Regardless of what your stance is on drinking alcohol, you have to see that this is just another lingering example of how the religiously motivated impose their beliefs on the people of the nation through the law. Hopefully, though, it will soon come to pass that “Blue Laws,” no matter what they regard, disappear from our law books.
And, for the record… I don’t drink alcohol.