Is Georgia’s Ban on Sunday Alcohol Sales Unconstitutional?

I live in Georgia. In Georgia, they restrict alcohol sales on Sunday, mainly, I think, because the Georgia politicians (who are mostly Christian) don’t want to offend their church going constituents. However, these laws are predicated on religious beliefs, which is illegal under the United States Constitution.

Here’s the First Amendment, in case you’ve forgotten it.

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Source: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am1)

The following paragraph comes from the Constitution of Georgia, Article III, Section VI:

Paragraph VII. Regulation of alcoholic beverages. The State of Georgia shall have full and complete authority to regulate alcoholic beverages and to regulate, restrict, or prohibit activities involving alcoholic beverages. This regulatory authority of the state shall include all such regulatory authority as is permitted to the states under the Twenty-First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This regulatory authority of the state is specifically delegated to the counties and municipalities of the state for the purpose of regulating, restricting, or prohibiting the exhibition of nudity, partial nudity, or depictions of nudity in connection with the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages; and such delegated regulatory authority may be exercised by the adoption and enforcement of regulatory ordinances by the counties and municipalities of this state. A general law exercising such regulatory authority shall control over conflicting provisions of any local ordinance but shall not preempt any local ordinance provisions not in direct conflict with general law. (Source: http://www.cviog.uga.edu/Projects/gainfo/conart3.htm)

Now, to be clear, I’m not debating whether or not the State of Georgia has the right to control alcohol, or whether alcohol should be regulated. What I am getting at is that this law was put in place because of religious beleifs, in particular, Christian beliefs.

It is for this reason I feel this law is unconstitutional. There is no distinction between Saturday and Sunday. Just the activities which occur on those days. Saturday you go out with friends to the local pub, grab a bite, and have a few drinks.

On Sunday you go to church and ask God to forgive you for going to the local pub, grabbing a bite, and having a few drinks. (Those of us who are really fortunate are asking God to forgive us for womanizing, but I digress.)

But that’s the only difference. It’s for this reason, and this reason alone, that this law should  be taken off the books.

In closing, I’d like to say, I don’t like drunk drivers, or drunks for that matter any more than anyone else does. But I like less laws which are based on religious beliefs and, ultimately, benefit only one group of people; in this case, Christians.

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WonderGoon is seeking enlightenment and questions everything.
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