The state of Georgia held elections yesterday. On the ballot in many counties and municipalities was a referendum on approving Sunday sales of alcohol. I think one can safely conclude that religious opposition to Sunday alcohol sales in my state died a quiet death yesterday. Nary a whimper.
In my area thirty-nine cities and counties had this on the ballot. In thirty-eight of them the voters approved of Sunday sales. In just one did voters vote against the proposal. Results from downstate, more rural and small town areas, may have been somewhat different that here in the metro Atlanta area.
The margin of approval ranged from 57 percent to 91 percent with almost all areas reporting greater than a 20 percentage point margin. Wasn't close.
The Georgia Baptist Convention used to be the big dog in the state but no longer, at least on this question. For the most part the GBC sat out the referenda. I received one perfunctory letter from the GBC. Some pastors may have preached against it.
It looks to me like most churches and pastors considered this a personal freedom matter. If a citizen wants to buy alcohol on Sunday, they should have that choice.
I voted against Sunday sales in my county but the measure passed by 16 percentage points.