This isn’t something I care to get on my high horse over, but I don’t understand Sunday Blue Laws.
This morning I ran to the grocery store to get Light Cream for our morning coffee and some fresh produce for dinner. I would have bought wine, but there can be no wine sales until after 12 PM.
It crossed my mind to wonder what happened if the church across the street from the store ran out of communion wine.
I don’t have any problem with late night prohibitions. Those have some logic to them. Is there a market for 4 AM beer buyers besides fraternity boys who shouldn’t be?
Hunting is not allowed in some states (like Connecticut and North Carolina) on Sundays. Not that I’m a hunter, but I don’t get that either. If it’s wrong on Sunday, why is it okay on other days?
No commercial clamming in New Jersey on Sundays.
The South Carolina law mandating that any car race on Sunday has to be 250 miles long? Chew on that one awhile.
The laws are a holdover from Colonial times, back when church attendance was required and the militia was empowered to go after the slackers who slept late. They were called Blue Laws because they were written as an accommodation to the Christian Sabbath by the strict moralist Pilgrims, referred to as Blue Noses.
Why Blue Noses? Possibly because it was cold in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Downright frigid. They believed it was their way or the highway, even though it was only a rutted road back then. They had a host of Sunday No No’s: no wearing of lace, no travel, no shaving, no cooking, no kissing.
Intercourse, of course, was definitely out. How would they know, you wonder? The Puritans believed that babies were born the same day of the week on which they had been conceived. Thus, any Sunday births put the parents in deep doodoo for supposedly diddling on a Sunday nine months earlier.
Can’t you imagine the Blue Noses twittering about that one? Wouldn’t they have loved Tweeting!
Up until now, folks who advocated repeal of the Blue Laws haven’t met with much success beyond loosening things like mandatory church attendance and the bonking brigade. The closing laws have been embraced over the years, keeping Sunday free for Christian business owners without allowing non-Christian competition to have an edge.* A little brown-nosing in play?
(Too bad, Jews, Muslims, and other sects who worship on Saturday… and that goes for you too, godless heathens who don’t worship any day.)
Politicians may be ready for a change, as they have recently heard a message more stirring than those of the non-Christians and the whining heathens. The message?
Tax coffers rendered anemic by the recession might be enhanced with Sunday sales– reason enough to revisit those long-standing Blue Laws. For instance, some states prohibit car dealerships from being open on Sundays. Unleashing the car salesmen on all those folks wandering through car lots on Sunday afternoons could bring on a stimulus to make the most ardent blue-nosed Tea Partyer’s head spin with conflicting values. Ca-CHING!
Any lace-wearing boozers could have an early morning nip, slip into a church pew to seek forgiveness for their red noses, and still be home in time for a Sunday afternoon romp in the hay.
WELL-KNOWN BLUE NOSES
*Blue Laws by David J. Hanson, Ph. D. in Alcohol Problems and Solutions.