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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sober Home Alabama

posted by on August 14 at 16:03 PM

If an upcoming ballot measure passes, the city of Athens, Alabama, may soon be dry.

A measure to end the sale of alcohol in Athens is up for a citywide vote, a rare instance where voters could overturn a previous vote to allow sales. Business interests are against repeal, but church leaders who helped organize the petition drive that got the measure on the ballot are asking members to pray and fast in support of a ban.

Christians who oppose drinking on moral grounds believe they have a chance to win, however small.

“If it can be voted out anywhere, it will be here because so many Christians are against it,” said Teresa Thomas, who works in a Christian book store.

Business leaders argue that ending the sale of beer, wine and liquor would hurt tax revenues and send the message that Athens is backward.

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Ooops, too late, just the fact that they are voting on it makes us all think they are backwards.

Posted by monkey | August 14, 2007 4:18 PM

Funny no one there has sponsored a petition to change the name of their city while they're at it.

Surely, good God-fearing Christians such as live there must bridle every time someone even mentions the name of Athens, seeing as it used to be the Capital of a pagan, polytheistic society that advocated drinking, democracy, epistemological inquiry, and having sex with young boys.

Posted by COMTE | August 14, 2007 4:20 PM

Agreed with no.1. No need to worry.

Posted by Dianna | August 14, 2007 4:25 PM

These Christians are aware that Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding - AFTER everyone was already drunk, correct?

Posted by Mariana | August 14, 2007 4:37 PM

So they outlaw liquor. Big deal. They'll just end up with their own version of White Center.

Booze and sex are eternal. They've been around much longer than Christianity.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | August 14, 2007 6:00 PM

Honestly, having just gotten back from Bama, I can tell you they don't have to vote on being dry thanks to that drought of theirs. Much of the state is 20"+ below normal for the year.

But, of course, there's no such thing as global warming.

Posted by dw | August 14, 2007 6:54 PM

Oh noes! And I was planning my next vacation there!

Like anybody gives a shit what happens in Pinchfart, Alabama.

Posted by Fnarf | August 14, 2007 6:57 PM

The worst thing about a dry town or county is when you don't realize that you're there looking for a frosty drink.

Happened to me once in Mexico - after a loooong drive - and after about an hour of walking around, some dude that we asked pointed us to a non-descript, small locale, upstairs, that featured beers, a one-man keyboard band/mc thing, non-bottomless titty dancing, and the stubble of the town's citizenry as audience - one of whom did nothing but sit directly between me and the titties, staring me menacingly in the eyeball. I tried to act respectful. It was Sunday.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | August 14, 2007 7:21 PM

Note to self: Open liquor store just outside the city limits of Athens, Alabama.

Posted by Gitai | August 14, 2007 7:31 PM

This is nothing new for down south. They have dry COUNTIES in Alabama.

Gitai @ 9 has it right. The locals who want a drink (which naturally includes a lot of people who go to the churches that are behind these petitions) just drive to the nearest locale where it's legal and stock up.

Posted by Matt from Denver | August 14, 2007 9:17 PM

Sorry, forgot to add that Fnarf @ 7 expresses the right sentiment... This would be news if it were happening in Washington, Oregon, or any other blue state (excluding reservations). Since this is Alabama, this definitely falls under "dog bites man" as far as newsworthiness goes.

Posted by Matt from Denver | August 14, 2007 9:19 PM

Gitai @9's got it. I'll deliver the goods to customers in town who don't mind tipping big... and prayers for their damned immortal souls cost extra.

Posted by Katelyn | August 14, 2007 10:33 PM

Matt, this does happen in blue states. I grew up in a town in bluer-than-blue Massachusetts that had been dry since the early nineteenth century. If you wanted to drink, you'd drive over the town line to the packie. Definitely a man bites dog story.

Posted by Roger Williams | August 14, 2007 11:07 PM

Obligatory I'd have to be drunk to live in Alabama joke.

Posted by Giffy | August 15, 2007 12:25 AM

@13 FTW

Look no further than our own liquor board. I'm sure there are counties in WA that might compete with these counties in Bama.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | August 15, 2007 10:13 AM

I grew up in a dry town - one with a well-known college, no less! not that big of a deal, everyone went to the next town over for booze. You were even allowed to bring your own wine to the local restaurants (although somehow I don't think that will fly in Athens). The worst thing about it is that it encourages drunk driving if there are no bars to which one can walk.

Posted by genevieve | August 15, 2007 10:29 AM

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