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Opponents of Sunday sales seek to impose their beliefs on us

POSTED: May 11, 2011 1:00 a.m.

I really must take exception to several statements in a letter to The Times from Fred Chitwood.

The Sunday sales bill, passed by the House and Senate and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, gives communities and their residents the right to decide, by vote, if they want to allow Sunday alcohol sales. This bill does not automatically grant anyone the right to sell alcohol on Sunday nor does it grant the liquor lobby or chambers of commerce the right to vote for each citizen.

What it does is give each of us the right to exercise our right to vote and decide, by majority vote, what is right for our community. Here's a question for Mr. Chitwood: Why do you want to deny me my right to vote?

One of his statements seems to indicate that all committed Christians oppose the sale and use of alcohol. Well, just in case you don't know, there are many Christian denominations that permit consumption of alcohol.

If you don't want to drink alcoholic beverages, don't. Here's another question for Mr. Chitwood: Why do you want to impose your own personal religious beliefs on me?

The sale of alcoholic beverages is legal in our state on every other day of the week. The ban of these sales on Sunday is also an imposition of your personal religious beliefs. Again, why do you want to impose your own personal religious beliefs on me?

Your right to swing your fist (i.e., your right to live according to your personal beliefs) ends at my nose (my right to live according to my personal beliefs). So mind your own business and I will mind mine.

Patricia Lewis


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