Sunday Fun-day: Five Great Reasons to Allow Liquor Stores to Sell Booze on the Sabbath

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Local Texas state rep Senfronia Thompson has introduced a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sunday, something they have not been able to do in my lifetime thanks to "blue" laws that prevent certain businesses from operating on Sunday. In fact, I remember when virtually all stores were forced to close on Sundays to honor the Christian Sabbath.

This law would allow liquor stores to open from noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays and also allow them to remain open later on other days of the week. Obviously, this would be up to the businesses and the demand from consumers, but I'm guessing there would be more than enough business to justify opening for most stores.

In truth, there are some really good reasons for liquor stores to be open on Sunday. Here are five of them.

Not all religions are alcohol-free.

These laws were originally enacted to keep stores closed on the Christian Sabbath of Sunday. First, in case you hadn't looked around lately, Houston is a damn diverse city with a myriad number of different religions represented. Second, I grew up in a German Lutheran family. They drank...a lot. Not all religions require abstinence from alcohol and some, because of the culture supporting the congregations, actively encourage it.

Um, football?

Sunday in the fall in Texas is only slightly less significant than Friday night in the fall in Texas and even that is dependent upon where you live. In Texas, football is a religion, which is why it seems so odd that the only day of the week nearly as important as Friday nights doesn't allow for the purchase of hard liquor. The inability to grab some of the hard stuff if you run out on Super Bowl Sunday should be a crime, not the other way around.

Spec's downtown is badass for more reasons than liquor.

I mean, seriously, have you been there? Even if you don't want vodka or whiskey on Sunday, a good enough reason to pass this law is so that Spec's downtown would be allowed to remain open so anyone could peruse their crazy good and even wildly exotic food offerings.

Bars and grocery stores are allowed to sell it.

This is the ultimate in unfair. You can buy beer and wine from the grocery store and bars can sell anything they want, but somehow liquor stores are disallowed? Maybe this is a throwback to a time when liquor stores were places mostly for hard-core alcoholics to buy booze in brown paper bags. Now they are places for everyday alcoholics...to buy booze in brown paper bags. My point is it's unfair to tell one kind of store it can't be open but allow others to do the very same thing.

It's good for business.

Texas has a fairly sizable liquor tax. Some have suggested opening stores on Sundays could increase that collection by millions every year. Certainly, for liquor stores that decided to open on Sundays, it could help increase their revenue. The argument has been made that people would just change their buying habits rather than buy more, but I didn't hear any malls complaining when they allowed them to open up on Sundays.

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Raul Porras
Raul Porras

Yes Sunday is no different from any other day

H_e_x
H_e_x

Change the law, not everyone is a Bible thumping teetotaler. There is no logical reason not to allow Sunday liquor sales that don't rely on religion. Now, I'm a simple man, but my understanding of the Constitution is that it forbids the creation of laws that respect a particular religion. These laws are based on religion and nothing else, which leads me to believe that they are unconstitutional. Let consenting adults by adult beverages on Sunday.

Yankee InTexas
Yankee InTexas

This is actually hilarious- seriously! Texas doesn't allowing casino gambling, so millions of Texas $$$ goes to support Louisiana- then in the worst assault on women in many decades, the Republican Gov & Legislature made it into law that women who want an abortion must endure an ultrasound probe inserted into her vagina. Then she listens to the audio thumping of the fetal heartbeat and watches the fetus on an ultrasound screen. THIS ISN'T AN OPTION- it's the law-EVEN IF SHE WAS RAPED!!! What a ****'ed up state this is! Religious fanatics are great at being 'pro-life', but Texas is the worst state in the nation for child health care and the foster care system is a catastrophe. Texas was sued by the VERY DOCTORS OF THIS STATE in Federal Court to ban this procedure that only serves ONE PURPOSE- humiliate a woman. Texas is the only state that rapes women twice, but then again- religion is a HUGE $$$$$ BUSINESS in Texas as well.

Nina Afrique
Nina Afrique

Wait alcohol isn't sold on Sundays? I never knew this. Thought it was sold after noon? But seriously what's the big deal? Just buy your booze on Saturday.

Joshua Justice
Joshua Justice

Texas should never outgrow letting oppressive outdated baseless religious dogma regulate it's laws. Its too hilarious.

Tavis Allen
Tavis Allen

Yes. Religion and all its antiquated, idiotic baggage need to go.

Ylime Gaviria
Ylime Gaviria

As much as I love beer, there are some things that should be left unchanged.

Vanessa Man
Vanessa Man

Not at all. People have enough days to buy already.

Tony Carr
Tony Carr

i'd like to be able to buy BEER before 12:00 p.m. as well !!

Annie N Crew
Annie N Crew

I had to move out of TX because of that dumb-assed law

johansen
johansen

Let us respect the Lord's Day of rest, and allow the overburdened employees to have some rest also with their families. It only makes sense, and it has the power of tradition behind it. We need rest more than we need drunken-ness and the attendant evil impulses that it motivates.on the Lord's sabbath.

Taresa Mikle
Taresa Mikle

Stanford DeGraffenreaid would LOVE this!

Greg Feczko
Greg Feczko

because, Cynthia, you are supposed to be in CHURCH with all the other sinners.. not out boozing it up :) LOL... See how silly that sounds?

Cynthia Cannon
Cynthia Cannon

Yes! Please, texas why can't we but liquor on sunday? The rest of the states can do it!

Kai Freund
Kai Freund

Yes. Many liquor store employees would like the extra income. The economy would also get a boost as would city, county, and state tax revenue.

Steven Perry
Steven Perry

Can anyone here offer compelling evidence as to WHY we shouldn't be able to buy any certain thing on any certain day of the week that DOESN'T have to do with bronze-age ideals?

Melissa Vivanco
Melissa Vivanco

Yes, Superbowl Sunday and no ability to buy liquor SUCKS!

Greg Feczko
Greg Feczko

abolish all the blue laws. Why can't a buy a car on Sunday? because God said so. Did he now?

Roberta Montgomery
Roberta Montgomery

Better than driving over to Louisiana and stopping at their grocery stores.....

KennyBoo Spencer
KennyBoo Spencer

More revenue in sales taxes for the city. People damn sure drink it on Sunday....why not.

Randy McCoy
Randy McCoy

I can drink at a bar or restaurant on Sunday so, YES!

Gwen Campbell
Gwen Campbell

Whats the difference we do everything else on Sunday

Michael T. Delgado
Michael T. Delgado

Totally yes. Down the silly religious mafia's grip on Sunday. And on the Sabbath he said "Let there be liquor!" =)

Anse
Anse

I consider myself a pretty liberal dude, and the loss of revenue to LA is duly noted. But personally, I would really hate it if a casino was built near my neighborhood. I've never been anywhere that casino gambling was legal that didn't have a distinctly seedy element. Perhaps if we could set up a Red Light District of some sort, but I sure wouldn't want it legalized on the scale of, say, Nevada.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Ylime Gaviria Why?

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Stanford DeGraffenreaid Then don't buy liquor on Sundays. There, everyone is happy now!

Anse
Anse

My Jewish friends tell me the Sabbath is Saturday, but what do they know, right?

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Steven Perry I doubt you will ever get an honest response to that question. 

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