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Originally posted by semperfortis
Dates back to the Christian Foundational beginnings of the Nation...
Almost all of your States/Counties and Municipalities can trace their roots to some form of religious beginnings...
The "Blue Laws" are a hold over from when we understood the Constitution said..
Freedom OF religion
Freedom FROM religion
Although antiquated now and many such areas are repealing them with little or no opposition, one has to ask the obvious....
If you so desperately need alcohol that you can not seem to wait one day, is the fact that it is not sold on Sunday your only problem?
There is an old saying that one cannot legislate morality, but the concept behind a blue law comes as close as possible. In the modern sense of the term, a blue law is any ordinance that attempts to control the sale of commerce or limit business hours on Sunday, also known as the Lord's Day or the Christian Sabbath. Many parts of New England and the South still observe a number of blue law restrictions, especially the prohibition of alcohol sales and the limited hours permitted for retail sales on Sundays.
A blue law usually begins as an honest attempt to curtail immoral activities on a day devoted to religious observances.
Settlers of the New Haven colony were given a set of laws in 1656 that sought to define proper and moral conduct. These laws contained a great deal of extremist Puritanical thought, such as denying food and lodging to Quakers, Adamites, and other 'heretics'. The bulk of these laws emphasized the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy by refraining from a number of activities, including kissing a child and walking in a garden.
These laws were not called blue laws by the colonists themselves. The term blue law in reference to this early legal code did not appear until the 18th Century, when a Reverend Samuel Peters paraphrased what he called the Blue Laws of Connecticut. There is not much evidence that any of these rules were actually implemented, but the principle of legislating morality influenced future lawmakers. The modern idea of a blue law really started with temperance movements and other moral causes espoused during the late 1890s.
Religion also played a big role in the push for temperance. In
Documents A and I people tried to show how God looked down on the
consumption of alcohol. These people claimed to be working for the
"common good" of mankind (Document S).
Originally posted by SimiusDei
is there ANY topic on ATS that is not eventually turned into a religious debate?
Sad, there is a forum for that ya know?