ALE laws hinder Sunday morning religious activities

I was recently in a local store, intending to purchase a single bottle of wine. I was notified by the cashier that I'd have to wait until noon to purchase this item, as it was Sunday. Is this asinine and arbitrary statute still on the books?

Our state legislators need to take on as part of their job the re-evaluation and elimination of dumb laws — and this one is not only stupid, it's decidedly anti-Christian. Jesus himself told us to drink wine in his memory. The sharing of wine is a major part of many denominations' Sabbath rituals. I think it’s not too great a stretch to see this law as an attempt to hinder normal and regularly scheduled Sunday morning Christian religious activities.

The other side of this ridiculous law is that it was intended to enforce other faith's rules about drinking, such as Baptists and Muslims. Allowing me to practice my faith freely does not in any way restrict theirs. Eliminate this prejudicial and nonsensical statute.

— Norman Plombe
Asheville

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