Consider, please, the fact that absolutely nobody’s right to life, liberty or property is violated if someone buys a case of beer for a tailgate party or a bottle of Mad Dog for a fancy dinner on Sunday. There is no rational reason for that to be illegal. That matters not, though, to the Georgia Christian Coalition.
I introduce you now to one Jerry Luguire. Mr. Luguire is the president of the Georgia Christian Coalition. Mr. Luguire is no stranger to the news. About a year ago he raised some eyebrows when he said that most (not some) child prostitution, as he put it, “starts as a lark.” What we have here are girls saying, “Let’s see if we can make some money!” All I could aspire to was a paper route.
Luguire’s current crusade is to start a grass-roots effort to lobby local governments to prevent Sunday liquor sales. Now, here comes your Luguire quote. Maybe not as good as the child prostitution “starts as a lark” stuff, but it ranks up there. Luguire says: “We should have one day when people don’t have to buy alcoholic products.”
Say what? Am I missing something here? I’m not a drinker, so I guess I’m uninformed. Just how long has there been a law in Georgia that says people “have to buy alcoholic products?” I’m in clear violation! Do I turn myself in somewhere?
Luguire responded to an e-mail from a listener with this gem: “Wonder if the radio station has the lineup of programming on Sunday as they do the rest of the week. Ask him [presumably me] and if not, why not?”
Well, Mr. Luguire. I would be happy to answer. Our programming differs on weekends because extensive market research has shown that weekend listeners desire unique programming. Saturday morning listeners want a gardening show before they start playing in the dirt, for instance. There is no law preventing WSB from putting me on the air on Sunday mornings if they choose to do so. And there, Mr. Luguire, is the word you just don’t seem to understand: Choose.
The bottom line, Mr. Luguire, is that you seek to use the police power of government to force people to behave the way you believe they should behave on Sunday. Perhaps you might want to consider the option of concentrating on living your life as an example for others, rather than trying to control their behavior at the point of a gun.
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