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Sunday changes

Posted: February 8, 2011 1:51 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Recent legislation allowing Sunday alcohol sales in Camden is just one example of how lifestyles are changing across the United States. For many years, alcohol could not be sold in any form on Sunday in South Carolina -- except, of course, in Charleston, which for decades winked slyly not only at state bans on Sunday sales but also at the state’s prohibition on mixed drinks, which were officially prohibited across the Palmetto State but readily available in nearly every restaurant in the The Holy City.

At one time, Sunday bans were prevalent throughout the United States. Now there are only three states -- Georgia, Indiana and Connecticut -- which don’t allow sales of alcohol in any form on Sunday, and it looks as if Georgia will soon by loosening its ban, which has remained intact this long via an odd coalition of Christian groups, conservative politicians and small liquor store owners. Ironically, it’s economic issues rather than moral ones which will probably result in the change, as legislators would like to get the tax revenue that would be provided by Sunday sales.

Of course, liquor, beer and wine sales aren’t the only signs that the Sabbath is different from a generation ago. Back then, virtually no stores were open and no shopping done. Now, Sunday is a major shopping day for all types of goods. Church attendance is down across the country – we don’t find that comforting -- and more and more people look at Sunday as just another day to be off.

There are some who mourn the inexorable move to Sunday commerce of all kinds. But the trend is well established and will only accelerate as time passes.

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