Nowhere in the Bible is drinking (alcohol) condemned. Jesus Christ, himself, turned water into wine in one of his first miracles. Public drunkenness and drinking to excess, however, are considered sins...
I begin this post in this way to justify my utter disgust that the proposition which would have allowed alcohol sales in the extreme eastern district of our parish was defeated. In typical "head-in-the-sand" fashion, the church groups got together and convinced enough people that allowing alcohol sales would produce a spike in the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents and fatalities. Not to mention that allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages would likely make it more easily obtainable by underage teenagers.
Banning the sale of alcohol NEVER kept anyone from drinking...they just have to drive to the next parish and spend their tax dollars THERE, instead! And the underage teens who want to drink are still going to sneak into their parents' liquor cabinet and do it!!
What banning alcohol sales WILL do is keep this area economically depressed. No chance of new entertainment businesses rolling in needing to hire new employees, is there? And "entertainment" doesn't have to mean strip clubs. Family restaurants that also sell alcohol enjoy greater revenue flow than those that don't. A few local nightclubs featuring rock or country music might actually keep impaired drivers from having to travel long distances home.
But maybe that's the goal of these radical religious groups...control of the population by controlling their options for recreation?? (We don't even get to have a movie theater!)
It's really quite sad.