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Separation of Church and My Sunday Beer

Feb 17, 03:11 PM -- by Chaz

Well, any hopes of buying beer or wine on Sundays have been put on the shelf for the foreseeable future here in Georgia. The Christian Coalition of Georgia and other religious groups have pressured our lawmakers into not even bringing the bill up to a vote. A majority of our State Senators were for the bill just weeks ago – as are still most of the voters in the Metro Atlanta area.

In case you’ve been too drunk to notice, the bill would have allowed for a referendum in which the voters could decide whether or not to allow Sunday sales in grocery stores and the like in their area. Not the whole damned State – in their area. And citizens wouldn’t even be legally required to buy beer. Nope. Don’t want it? Don’t buy it. But barring some ‘hail mary’ (pardon the pun) pass from some forward thinking lawmaker it’s done.

But why not even allow S.B. 10 hit the floor to be voted on by our elected so-called representatives? Ask the State Republican Caucus, who voted in a closed door meeting to deny a vote. In a show of screaming, yellow, chicken shittedness, the vote in the meeting was done in secret to hide how the Senators voted.

So much for the SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Here in the Sunny South, religion and it practitioners hold far too much sway over the law makers. Too afraid that the majority of Metro Atlanta might not respect their minority opinion on this issue, they chose instead to threaten our lawmakers until those spineless Senators – fearing a loss of campaign contributions and votes -- tossed in the towel. In essence, the religious groups robbed the people of power. The power to exercise free will and control – not to mention helping Georgia maintain its standing as one of the most retarded states in the USA.

I tire greatly of Republicans and Tea Party shitheads who decry the ‘Nanny State,’ then try to control how we spend our money on Sundays, dictate whom we can marry, deny us control over our own bodies, and stop kids who just want to LEARN FUCKING SCIENCE! Fine, the religious are entitled to their often misguided opinions, but restraint must be practiced on their part -- especially when it comes to influencing politics. We must seriously consider whether or not churches that practice political activism from the pulpit should have their tax exempt statuses yanked. I think it would more than easily cover the loss of sorely needed tax revenue Sunday sales would generate.

Comparing the religious right to the Taliban is a bit dramatic and overdone. Unlike the Taliban, our religious leaders want girls to go to school so they can grow up to be secretaries, nurses, and teachers until they find a nice husband; and if impregnated by a rapist they want the victim to carry the child to full term – which beats being stoned to death. But, when I see these protests going on in other parts of the world (and Wisconsin?), I just have to wonder how far we are away from that here?

Surely, legally picking up a 6 pack on Sunday in no way compares to overthrowing a despotic regime. After years of practice, I’m rather skilled at picking up my Sunday beer in advance, and there’s usually a nice selection of wines here at The Grassy Knoll. If the beer fridge is empty, The EARL is a short hop away. In the grand scheme of things, this is nothing.

Nothing but a symptom.

But really, can you blame the Christian Coalition of Georgia for wanting to squash the bill that would allow for THE PEOPLE to vote in a referendum as to whether or not THE PEOPLE should be allowed to purchase beer and wine in their locality on Sunday? If the faithful can legally carry their guns into the house of their chosen god (a law they apparently have no problem with), I guess they don't really want them loopy on Sunday beer as well. Makes sense to me. Of course, the Darwin in me would love to see what would happen...

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