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Letter: You shouldn’t force people to fit your own moral standards
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In response to the urgings of Bill Morrison for people to vote against the “Brunch Bill” in Hall County, I offer the following rebuttal:

Alcoholic beverages have been around since the dawn of civilization. Most people who imbibe have no problems with alcohol socially or otherwise. There is a smaller subset of drinkers who do have problems, and there are laws such as those against impaired driving to provide more guidance for the clueless. 

Perhaps those visitors to whom you refer do not wish to attend a local church. Perhaps they are in Hall County for an event such as a wedding, which includes a Sunday brunch, and they would like to have a mimosa (the drink not the tree) with their meal.

Insofar as religion and alcohol — contrary to your world view, not all religions prohibit the consumption of alcohol. Many houses of worship have Saturday services or early services on Sunday mornings. There are also people who do not practice a religion at all. 

There is nothing wrong with “encouraging people to attend church” but there is something wrong with forbidding someone to take part in a legal activity simply because that activity doesn’t fit your moral standards. Why do you feel that you have the right to impose your “differentness,” i.e. your moral beliefs, on other people, especially those citizens of Hall County who do not believe the same things that you do and have the same right to freedom that you do? This is a democracy not a theocracy.

Vote “yes” on the brunch bill. People who want to have a mimosa at brunch will be able to do so. Those who want to attend a church service from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are still able to do what they wish, too. They just won’t be controlling that aspect of someone else’s life. 

Patti Lewis


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