American Freethought podcast co-host David Driscoll has made his opinions known regarding Georgia’s antiquated blue law prohibiting Sunday alcohol sales by liquor stores or groceries. This is a perennial issue in Georgia, and every time there’s talk of repealing it, fundamentalist forces in the state become shrill and alarmist, and the politicians kowtow to this conservative voting bloc.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution solicited reader comments on this subject, and it should come as no surprise that David’s letter was among the handful they printed. Here’s what he said:
Alcohol law one more sign Georgia is backward
The upholding of any law that has a religious meaning behind it, such as no alcohol sales on Sunday, defies separation of church and state as granted by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Sunday is just another day in a secular society and any restriction based simply on the day of the week is indefensible. There are hundreds of non-Christian religions that worship on days other than Sunday and there are many citizens of Georgia that don’t worship any supernatural being on Sunday or any other day.
The ability to purchase alcohol in a restaurant or bar, but not in a retail store to enjoy at home, also promotes drunk driving. If a person really wants to drink he is forced to go outside of his home, usually in a motor vehicle and imbibe at a bar.
The law just doesn’t make any sense in a reasonable, free-thinking, secular society. This law, along with praying for rain on the capitol steps, and many other examples continue to show the rest of the county what a backward state Georgia is.
DAVID DRISCOLL, Johns Creek