Stick with the Blue Laws

To the Editor,

Recently in the discussion proposing a Sunday brunch ordinance, it was stated the prohibition against serving alcohol before 1 p.m. on Sundays in restaurants was an antiquated Blue law. The Blue laws were in support of God’s Law, notably the Third Commandment to “Keep holy the Sabbath.” The Blue law concerning alcohol was to encourage folks, in a predominantly Christian culture, to attend church services Sunday mornings to fulfill at a minimum the Third Law of God.

But today we are too sophisticated to give God’s Law much import. What is paramount is making money regardless of what day of the week it is. You have to pay the piper for those slots, they are not cheap. So why not get them spinning on Sunday mornings with a little help from the universal social lubricant, alcohol, that decreases inhibition and often good judgement?

Another antiquated idea today apparently is regulating pornography. We have come from the famous Supreme Court justice retort when asked to define pornography with, “I know when I see it,” to it being protected speech. So when I recently opened a new email account, I had a solicitation from a porn site exercising its free speech pictorially.

Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old rescued last Thursday from a baby-faced, 21-year-old, who several months ago broke into her home in the middle of the night, murdered her parents with a shotgun, and kidnapped Jayme to hold her captive, obviously, to be his sex slave.

In modernity, all kinds of bizarre sexual insanity is occurring at an ever-increasing rate by predators of all ages and stripes. To know that, all you have to do is read and watch the local news. Yet, we are unable to make the connection between the addictive, pernicious affect internet porn has on the psyche and the compulsion to perversely sexually act out.

Are the old Blue laws that were based on Biblical morality really antiquated, or have we just gotten too big and foolish for our sophisticated britches?

Blaise Hogan

Weirton

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