Churches take aim at Sunday alcohol sales

Published 10:37pm Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dallas County is in the heart of the Bible Belt, and the inclusion of Sunday alcohol sales on the Nov. 6 ballot has struck a nerve within that heart.

“We don’t think anything good comes from it. We don’t think it’s necessary,” said Cory Horton, pastor of Elkdale Baptist Church. “We talk a lot in our society about working together and compromising. Well I mean, if you can buy beer from Monday to Saturday, surely you can take one day off. Surely you can take a time out and let that day be set aside.”

Sunday is a day that has been traditionally been set aside as a day of worship and for rest. That tradition is something that Horton, the Selma Baptist Association and other area churches are hoping people recognize and remember.

“I’m not saying tradition is always good, and I’m not saying all traditions should be kept, but this is a tradition that Sunday is church day,” Horton said. “How could the community not say that ‘We recognize that all of these faith families are meeting on Sunday’s. The Baptists, the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Independents – they’re all meeting on Sunday’s and they’re servicing the community by empowering people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.”

Horton said residents don’t have to be in church on Sunday to respect what’s going on that day.

“This is a tradition that alcohol has not been sold on Sunday’s and the reason it’s been that way is it was respect for the faith community, for the churches that were gathering, for what that day represents, for the worship that’s taking place, just a day of respect for those things,” he said. “You might not be in church, you might be on the golf course or watching pro football with your buddies, it doesn’t mean that you can’t respect what’s going on that day.”

As far as the increase in tax dollars that Dallas County might see if the amendment for Sunday alcohol sales passes, Horton asked if it would be worth it.

“I don’t know much about history, but I know that every society who tried to pursue money as the ultimate goal never worked out,” he said. “How much actual dollars could it really affect, and then the overarching question is, is it really worth it?”

The church, he said, does not stand for the sale of alcohol on Sunday.

“We’re obviously against it,” he said. “The Selma Baptist Association is a group of churches that are speaking out against it. You’ve seen some signs around town, some banners and some bumper stickers.”

Horton said that as an association, they have been promoting the vote with literature, bumper stickers and banners.

“We obviously can’t afford to keep up with the marketing of a Budweiser company. They’ve obviously got more billboards and signs and things like that,” he said, but that’s not stopping him from getting the word out to the community.

“For me, it’s over the next two weeks or so that we’ll really start ramping up this conversation, because we want it to be fresh on their mind, and remember what’s going on and remember what’s at stake when you do go and vote,” Horton said. “For us, in our congregation, in this one church, we are just now starting to focus on – now we’ve talked about it, they’ve known about it – but we’re just now starting to rally as far as the issue.”

  • popdukes12

    Like I said, “Here comes the Churchladies”. pops

  • VY

    I’m going to vote YES just to cancel out pastor Corey Horton’s no vote. He can thump his Bible somewhere else…

  • nl

    We yell like crazy if the “right to life” contingent threatens the availability of a woman’s right to choose or even get birth control info, and yet we let a bunch of “Bible Bangers” control our access to alcohol as if this were still the 19th century! There is NOTHING inherently evil about alcohol, it’s the abuse of it that’s wrong, and there is NOTHING to stop people from getting just as drunk on Sunday as any other day, if that is their inclination. It’s time we let common sense prevail over a stupid, ill-informed prejudice. I am just as “churchy” with my own choice of worship as anybody running around proselytizing for theirs, but, thankfully, I was raised with a theology that includes the use of our God-given ability to reason.
    I have spent the better part of my life elsewhere and, believe me, selling liquours on Sunday is a non-issue and makes no difference.
    One of the things I had driven home to me growing up was the difference between “having a drink” and “drinking,” the latter being something you DON’T do. It’s too bad that, within the “alcohol is evil” outlook, nobody has the chance to learn the proper place of alcohol in one’s life and how NOT to abuse it.
    These are the same people who oppose sex-education then whine about young teenagers getting pregnant, and the same folks that try to suppress the correct teaching of the history and development of our planet and species.
    If you don’t want to buy wine or beer on Sunday…don’t….but don’t tell the rest of us, who know HOW to use this kind of FOOD, that we can’t.

  • Max

    First off the traditional day of rest was on Saturday not Sunday and this is the other reason we can’t have anything in selma whatever happened to separation of church and state??? We continue to let these people run our businesses out of town because it might not be wholesome to them well I’ve got three words for you look the other way..

    • Terry Lewis

      I agree with you both. There’s a popular gospel song “Sweep Around Your Own Front Door” many of these churchfolk need to worry about saving their own souls and let others take care of theirs. This and the 60′s race mentality that’s pervasive in Selma politics are the twoof the main barriers to any progress in this town.

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