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February 5th, 2013
11:56 AM ET

The Bible Belt brouhaha over beer

By Tommy Andres, CNN

Montgomery, Alabama (CNN) – Despite the fact that it has been federally legal since 1979, there are still two U.S. states that don't allow residents to make beer in their own homes: Alabama and Mississippi.

The issue is expected to be one of the first to surface in Alabama's state legislature as lawmakers there head back to session this week, and a colorful standoff is likely.

Homebrew laws have failed to materialize for the past five years, with religion and morality arguments narrowly beating out the estimated 5,000 underground homebrewers in the state who say their civil liberties are on the line.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Alabama • Faith Now • Mississippi

soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. fintastic

    These are the same people that pi$$ and moan about too much government control, yet here they are attempting to keep an antiquated law in place based on their belief in mythology and fairy tales.

    Religion is all about hypocrisy...........

    February 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  2. SImran

    What a critical question – TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW?

    February 6, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • hippypoet

      shakespeare was sooo close!

      February 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • lol??

      Brew now or brew later?

      February 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  3. lunchbreaker

    Down in Bama, I guess I shouldn't have gotten my father in law that Mr. Beer kit.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  4. hippypoet

    There exists no evidence to support belief in any gods. Fact! There exists plenty of evidence to support belief in evolution. Fact! Since no evidence exists of any gods, gods only exist in the mind. Through the belief in god people have created traditions on how to worship and how to live in accordance to their gods commands. People who believe in gods adhere to a mental structure built to explain and give ease to unanswerible fears such as what happens after death. Since no evidence exists for any gods all belief in them is unfounded and speaks more to the fear of death which is as alive today as it was at the founding of the belief! Perhaps the fact of having a consciousness and our very awareness of life/death screams at us to question it all. And perhaps due to a lack of answers we choose to weave a story to answer everything instead of accept the facts! This part I completely understand. It is very nice to have and in the ancient times with many unanswerable questions it was a comfort. Now however with modern science and todays knowledge of the universe and life, beliefs such as these should be a thing of ancient times not modern. It was primitive mans way of coping with a lack of knowledge. It has served its purpose but now only serves to bring us back to its primitive roots.
    To put it simply, the concept of gods bares no merit at this current stage in the evolution of the human species and it would be a betterment to the species to have the concept removed from accepted delusional realities so prevalent in todays society.

    February 6, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • lol??

      After 400,000 years of lutin' why did it take you so long to learn how to fly? Ya never noticed the bird bwains soaring?

      February 6, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • fintastic

      ??LOL = Troll = ignore

      February 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Nii

      No fintastic. He is just pointing out to you that Modern Man has been around for a long time and he has not evolved yet. Intellectual prowess of the ancients is the same as ours. To say that they were stupid to have devised religion as a way of using their consciousness to control themselves is even more stupid as Atheism is also such a value system.

      February 7, 2013 at 2:56 am |
    • Nii

      PS
      Atheism is one of the oldest religions if not the oldest.

      February 7, 2013 at 2:57 am |
    • ReligionIsBS

      Nii thinks atheism is a religion. LOL. Does he think off is a tv channel? Does he think not beleiving in Zues is a religion?

      February 7, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • fintastic

      @Nii. some corrections... first of all, you start out with a lie... where did I say anything about being "stupid"? maybe you're referring to someone else's comment?

      .second.... Atheism is simply a lack a belief in god... nothing more... sounds like you pulled "value system" out of your a$$??
      and finally, the "ancients" used god/religion to explain what was unexplainable at the time.

      No need for mythology and fairy tales today........ except for entertainment.

      February 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
  5. Atheism is Healthy for Everyone - Kids Too!

    Different kinds of fundamentalist Christians now as much as ever are arguing with each other with as much sense and rationality as a flock of chickens. They can't support their beliefs by any reasonable means, yet they deem themselves fit to judge others from those beliefs or attempt to put others in the midst of their religious infighting. Their beliefs have a very weak foundation and are not consistent, ergo the over 30,000 different denominations.

    Thomas Jefferson (POTUS #3, principle author of the Declaration of Independence)

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    John Adams (POTUS #2, Patriot of the American Revolution)

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    James Madison (POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights)

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    Thomas Paine (Patriot of the American Revolution)

    I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church. All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    February 6, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • lol??

      So ya hate churches. Why did you turn the gubmint into one with power over everything?

      February 6, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • fintastic

      ??LOL = troll = ignore

      February 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray without ceasing in 2013
    Prayer changes things.

    February 6, 2013 at 7:25 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 6, 2013 at 8:51 am |
  7. Bootyfunk

    beer is alcohol. alcohol is a drug. wine is also alcohol and a drug. jesus turned water into wine for him and his disciples. therefore, jesus is a drug-dealer.

    February 6, 2013 at 4:34 am |
    • NII

      And you are a moron.

      February 6, 2013 at 6:09 am |
    • sam stone

      Good comeback, NII

      February 6, 2013 at 6:13 am |
    • lol??

      Bootsie had two commie mommies from the WCTU. His mothers wore combat booties.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  8. Cat Holic

    Southern folks just rather get beers from the fridge. Too much works making brewing your own beer

    February 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
    • Bet

      Plus, you have to be able to read a recipe.

      February 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
    • Akira

      Bet, this made me crack up!!

      February 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
    • bobk52

      Let me be – let me beeeeeees!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 6, 2013 at 1:35 am |
  9. Mark

    Moderation is usually the missing element when it comes to these type of issues. The kingdom of God is not about eating or drinking or Holy days. Romans 14:17 The kingdom of God is within you. ...Jesus Luke 17:21 True peace and satisfaction is only found through faith in Christ as our Savior, He who died for our sins, so that we might have life. Receive Him as Lord and Savior and you will know God's forgiveness and walk in the peace and joy of His Holy Spirit. God bless.

    February 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • sam stone

      Mark: If moderation is the key in these type of issues, does that extend to religious moderation?

      February 6, 2013 at 5:19 am |
    • sam stone

      mark: why do you feel you need to be forgiven? on a larger scale, why do you feel mankind needs to be forgiven?

      February 6, 2013 at 6:15 am |
    • fintastic

      The "kingdom of god" is about mythology and fairytales. Try some reality for a change.

      February 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
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