Sunday Alcohol Sales Bans: Blue Laws Indefensible

An editorial in South Carolina's Independent-Mail notes that much of the opposition to Sunday alcohol sales uses religion as its justification.

However, the Independent-Mail argues that

what is and what is not available for purchase on Sunday has nothing to do with faith or a lack thereof. Faith really doesn't have that much to do with attending formal church services, if the truth is told. There are plenty of people who have a strong faith but either can't or simply don't sit down in a pew once a week.

Conversely, if someone isn't among the faithful, the absence of alcohol on Sunday (or the inability to shop before 1:30 p.m.) isn't going to send him or her running to the nearest church with hopes for a mighty conversion.

"Nowhere in the Bible does it say, ‘Thou shalt not drink alcohol on Sunday.'"

-The Independent-Mail

The newspaper observes that "allowing restaurants that already sell alcohol the other six days of the week to offer alcohol on the seventh won't impact attendance. If it does, churches have a much deeper problem than can be resolved by the absence of alcohol."

The editorial says "The truth is blue laws and bans on Sunday alcohol sales have less to do with religion than they do with religious fervor to dictate the behavior of others."

To that, many will say "Amen."


  • Sunday sales dilemma: No legitimate reason to support alcohol ban (editorial). Independent-Mail (Anderson, SC), September 16, 2007.
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