QUOTE(Devils Advocate @ Oct 5 2005, 09:23 PM)
Are Blue Laws an endorsement of Christian Beliefs?
Do you believe they should be repealed?
Do you agree with the Supreme Court decision
These are going to be surprising arguments coming from ME, so bof
, I hope you're sitting down. It looks like we're in agreement (mostly)!!!
The Blue laws, as ridiciulous as they may seem by today's standards, were a part of southern culture (as bof
eluded to) for a large part of our nation's history... like it or not.
The presiding religion (and a large portion of plymouth rock-ring a bell?) in America was/is Christianity. Of course, as time has turned the tides, our nation has moved further into secular living, which of course is good for many. Frankly, I believe that this trend has come full circle in many cases (i.e. school prayer, Supreme Court decisions on the 10 commandments, etc) and that many states are moving back into a "less-secular" stance, but that's just my two cents and a very "southern" view on the idea.
That being said- blue laws inhibit commerce, impose on non-theists and non-christians, do not prevent the purchase of said products during other days, and have very limited benefit.
You're saying... what is the benefit
Well, growing up in Louisiana (and spending time in even West Tx as a kid), I came to understand that people working in grocery stores, liquor stores, and even restaurants at times were glad
to not have to work on Sunday.
However, what about the small business that needed
the revenue from the 7th day of operation? What about the taxes collected from the sale of alcohol/ammunition for Sunday football games, trips to the lake, or hunting trips?
People grew to understand the necessity of planning ahead. Want to hear something funny? Even in Dallas, you still can't buy hard liquor on Sundays at the store. This doesn't really affect me (in that I'm really not a heavy drinker), but it's just plain retarded. What's the point? I live in a very wet part of the city, and can go to one of literally hundreds of bars in close proximity who will gladly sell me a drink of any sort. Why can the store that sells liquor only sell me beer/wine on Sunday? senseless
if you ask me...