Blue laws in a red state; Sundays in Georgia

It's Sunday...you've just gone for a bike ride, enjoyed the outdoors, now you're ready to relax with a cold one with your friends...you drive to the closest gas station to pick up your brew and BAM!!! The beer section is closed because it is Sunday. I'm sure Georgia isn't the only state where this happens. I remember visiting Minneapolis once and asking if you could buy beer there on Sunday...the guy behind the counter almost busted a gut laughing at me "Of course, this is Minnesota!" It's almost embarrassing that "The Lord's Day" carries so much weight in Georgia. The only way one may partake in alcohol on Sunday in Georgia is to go to a restaurant or bar. Of course, restaurants at lunch time are bombarded with fundies (who I'm told by wait-staff aren't good tippers), thereby leading beer-loving atheists to hole-up in some bar. What's worse...Georgia has "dry counties" where no alcohol is even sold at stores. I'm no alcoholic (yet!) but if I want a beer I want a beer. Often liquor licenses are ridiculously expensive, while the no-tax-paying churches who hypnotize their parishioners into voting by verdict of pulpit levy these taxes on said drinking establishments. That, my friends, is some sanctimonious bullshit.

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Comment by Lord Atheist on May 31, 2010 at 9:10pm
The last time I was in Dallas they had "dry sundays". Everybody would go the liquor store and stock up Friday/Saturday night.
Comment by Mario Rodgers on June 1, 2010 at 12:55am
Texas sucks too. I hate this place.
Comment by Michael R on June 1, 2010 at 9:07am
Here in the land of moron...uh mormon (Idaho)...I make an effort to drink a beer on my front porch every Sunday. I'm not very popular. Oh well.
Comment by Just Visiting on June 1, 2010 at 9:27am
Just FYI. You can buy wine in bottles at wineries in GA on Sunday.
Comment by Bruce Williams on June 2, 2010 at 12:07am
The most famous story about Kansas is leaving it, go figure!
Comment by Petra Polovina on June 2, 2010 at 2:13am
I've heard of this from some of my East Coast friends and it is, of course, completely ridiculous. Also, though it's not particularly religious, Puritan leftovers can still be found in how sorority houses are managed - lots of sororities in lots of different states can't throw parties because having a certain amount of women with alcohol legally qualifies it as a brothel, otherwise known as a whorehouse.
Comment by Kris Scofield on June 3, 2010 at 1:10pm
I lived in New Orleans for months, where the alcohol flows like a river of sweet godless nectar. You can buy booze (spirits! beer! corn liquor!) literally everywhere you went. If Jesus himself showed up at 4am and you wanted to split a bottle of Evan Williams with him, you could go anywhere and do so.

..what I'm getting at--is that certain areas (clearly) have specific items of revenue that champion others. Church attendance, banks, tourism. New Orleans had an abundance of booze, and a very very small church attending crowd, so the laws swayed in their favor.

It feels more financial than religious.

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