That’s what Tom Rush, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Social Circle, said yesterday as the House Regulated Industries Committee passed a bill that would allow local communities to decide whether to permit the sale of alcohol on Sundays [Source: 3/13/2008 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer article “Sunday sales at grocery stores clears House panel”].
Another preacher, speaking for the Georgia Christian Coalition, asked the question “Will our communities be healthier and safer if we make more alcohol available?” My answer to that question…no more than they are right now. To repeat something that has been said over and over again, it’s legal to go to a sports bar and buy alcohol on Sundays. It’s legal to go to Turner Field, the Georgia Dome, or Philips Arena and buy alcohol on Sundays. But it’s illegal for me to walk into Kroger and buy a six pack of Mike’s Hard Lemonade on a Sunday? That seems, to me, to be the most inconsistent policy I’ve ever seen.
And what exactly does the Christian Coalition have with people voting on this issue? My position is that if the Christian Coalition is so adamantly against the sale of alcohol on Sunday, then they need to raise the money and put a campaign out on the field that encourages people to vote no. But what they shouldn’t do is stand in the way of each local community having local control over this local issue.