Sunday, August 2, 2009

Aiken, SC to Clear Out Blue Laws

It's about time.

While I was away for the last couple of weeks, one town in my adopted state of SC actually managed to do something worthwhile --- Aiken came into the 21st century & did away with their Goof Ball legislation that outlawed stores from selling certain items before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

That's right. Some things couldn't be sold on Sunday before 1:30 because it is in II Opinions chapter 4 that it is an abomination.

I got a kick out of the Aiken Standard news article, where one Carrie Nation Wanna Be declared:

Vote not on the spirit of the age, but on principle. Surely you don't want to go down as the Voltaire who thought during the French Revolution that if the Sabbath was destroyed, it would destroy Christianity. Place your allegiance with the Lord on this one.

So if the majority of Aiken becomes Muslim & put their allegiance with Allah to close everything down on Thursday instead of Sunday, how would that grab everyone? If the citizens can vote religious interpretations of one faith into law, another group may one day vote their religious interpretations into law.

The founding fathers were very wise when they penned the 1st sentence in the 1st amendment, a statement that says there is not to be even the hint of any Most Favored Faith.

It is time we started living that principle as a society instead of winking at it & treating minority faiths as tolerated groups of no consequence. One day, that persecuted/tolerated minority will be tomorrow's all-important swing vote.

1 comment:

Georgia Mountain Man said...

I did not realize that there were still some towns, especially the size of Aiken, that still had the blue laws on the books.