Buying Budweiser on Sunday

Georgia Council on Moral and Civic Concerns presents a resolution opposing the measure.

On Friday, June 17, 2011, the Georgia Council on Moral and Civic Concerns, headed by Willis Moore, presented a resolution to the Annual Conference of the North Georgia United Methodist Church about Sunday alcohol sales. The resolution spoke against buying Budweiser on Sunday, but not exactly in those words. Here are the reasons stated in the resolution:

  • bills to extend alcohol sales one more day (Sunday) have been presented to the Georgia General Assembly at dizzying speeds in the past year.
  • proponents of Sunday sales have used crass humor, denigration and mockery to characterize this matter as a narrow religious holiday issue.
  • the issue is broader and deeper than just one faith or religion because not all religious groups celebrate on Sundays, but almost all religious groups agree about the potential destruction that alcohol can cause to families and society.
  • Sunday sales exacerbate the problem of binge drinking because it extends weekend drinking hours.
  • increased tax revenue and business opportunities appear to be the sole reasons for adding an extra day of alcohol sales.
  • strong, reliable research indicates health, public safety and economic factors as substantiation and reasonable bases for opposing an extra day of sales. 

The argument appears on the surface to be a little silly. What does it really matter if we sell alcohol one more day? If a product is legal to sell, shouldn’t we be able to sell it 24/7, 365 days a year? This is a free country after all, right? Personally, I think the best arguments for Sunday sales are rooted in political and constitutional discourse about free enterprise and freedom of choice. From those perspectives there is room to change the current laws. 

However, if we want to argue from the perspective of spirituality, morality, or financial well-being then I think we should leave the laws as they are. It is healthy for use to have a day where we do not sell alcohol.  I believe that there are two important reasons to keep the laws as they exist. One - spiritually and morally, let’s agree that moderation is the only path to enjoy alcohol without harm to ourselves and others. Limiting sales to one day a week confirms the need for moderation. Two – financially, although alcohol sales can create jobs and tax revenues, the back side of such progress can be devastating to communities and families if the ideal of moderation is not maintained. Besides, is there really going to be an economic windfall for liquor stores, bars, and the wine isle at Publix if Sunday alcohol sales are allowed? 

I voted yes to the resolution because it appears to be the healthiest stance to take in regards to communities and families. One day without the ability to purchase communicates to everyone that the need for moderation is real and constantly present in our lives. The Annual Conference of the North Georgia United Methodist Church also voted yes. Not to try to dictate behavior, that’s not our nature, but to keep a healthy and noble law in place.  

Just sayin’…

Grant June 22, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Sorry Jeff... what case are you are resting? It would seem that all of us , with the exception Mr Cathey who was an unfortunate victim of the self proclaimed "Moral Council's " intentional violation of the Ninth Commandment are in agreement that the ridiculous prohibition should indeed be lifted. Many of us, yourself included if I recall, believe it should have never existed in the first place. I'm missing the part where anyone said the other side didnt get it ? Obviously they do get it and realize that it isnt possible to make a logical argument based on factual information . So in an effort to continue to attempt to wield religious power over the masses they choose to ignore the truth and feed the faithful a load of bull. Which , typically , is swallowed without question. The real kicker for me and the defining issue is the fact that the Muslim.. er oops Methodist Council didnt say to it's faithful " Dont drink" or "Excercise Moderation" or "Dont buy beer on Sunday" . In fact they didnt actually address the behavior of their "sheep" at all . Prohibition like that lead to empty pews and light collection plates. Nope, instead of instructing the members of the faith in regard to responsible alcohol use they choose instead to instruct the members of the faith to engage in themselves in the political process in an attempt to limit the freedoms of OTHERS ... . Using religion to limit the freedoms of others isnt likely to bring people to your faith, Just sayin
Jeffrey Allen June 22, 2011 at 05:03 PM
I believe I made the case that the comments that would follow mine would inevitably be one sided rants rather than genuine attempts to see another angle of the issue. Also something about how people just aren't comfortable looking at an issue in a way that doesn't support their own views. And that's exactly what happened. Case rested. Pay attention next time.
Grant June 22, 2011 at 06:09 PM
No rants here Jeff As for "different views" , I'm more than happy to discuss viewpoints based in fact. I keep waiting for someone ,somewhere , ANYWHERE to present a logical fact based argument in favor of banning the sale of a legal substance at certain locations (but not others) on one particular day. I have yet to be presented with anything remotely resembling that, until such time as I am there is no other VALID angle to see. Present one and I'm more than happy to discuss it ..
Jeffrey Allen June 22, 2011 at 07:36 PM
yuh-huh...fair, balanced, and open minded...that's you alright
Grant June 22, 2011 at 07:59 PM
So... I take it you dont have a logical viewpoint to discuss and have chosen weak sarcastic potshots instead? Interesting that we agree on the topic but somehow I'm wrong... Good thing you dont care anyway .


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