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Indiana Atheists

Intellectual Hoosiers who are sick of religious crap from well... everywhere.

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Comment by Matt Stath on September 24, 2010 at 7:21pm
Something is wrong with the FTP connection to my web site and I can't update it with a link to The Kokomo Freethinkers yet.
Comment by Coughcool on September 24, 2010 at 7:03pm
Kokomo Freethinkers got it's first member besides myself today. :-)
Now I need them to live close enough to come to the meetings. :-/
Comment by Coughcool on September 21, 2010 at 10:47pm
Comment by Matt Stath on September 21, 2010 at 1:02pm
Coughcool, if you post the web link, then I'll post it on The Purdue Skeptics Society web site.
Comment by Coughcool on September 21, 2010 at 12:15pm
If you live close to Kokomo or Howard County area. I started a Meet Up group for this area. It's call Kokomo Freethinkers. If enough interest is generated I'll set up a place and meeting time. Thank You.
Comment by John A. Anderson on September 10, 2010 at 3:00pm
What do we think of the idiot in Florida who wants to burn Qurans? And why does he think it has something to do with the "Ground Zero mosque (It is not on Ground Zero and it is not a mosque, but whatever)? I think I've made my views reasonably clear.
Comment by John A. Anderson on August 3, 2010 at 6:30pm
OK, but why Sunday? Why not give them Thursday? I think we all know why. I even wonder about the legality of all the dealerships deciding on the same day. Such "gentlemen's agreements" are generally considered the equivalent of price-fixing.
Comment by John A. Anderson on August 3, 2010 at 9:04am
Exactly. "Hoosiers for Beverage Choice." I agree, any serious drinker will simply go to the liquor store on Saturday and stock up. But this is an atheist blog, so I'm inclined to approach the laws from the angle of the separation clause of the First Amendment, which they surely violate.
Regarding "tanglible public benefit," I agree. In fact, a "public benefit" argument can be made against the current law: It encourages drunken driving on Sundays.
I don't care how much other people drink, I just don't want to have to share the road with the ones driving home from their favorite bar at midnight. And remember, the ill-conceived Prohibition of the 20s and 30s was mainly the result of the Women's Christian Temperance League, a plainly religious group that liked to control other people's personal habits. Sound familiar?
We got them out of our liquor cabinets (except in Indiana), but we still haven't quite managed to get them out of our bedrooms. I don't know why they can't mind their own business.
Comment by Laura Brady on August 3, 2010 at 8:32am
I believe the movement John is referring to is "Hoosiers for Beverage Choices."

I don't drink much, but I'd like to be able to grab some beer to give my host when I'm invited over on a Sunday. I think the law tends to inconvenience the people who don't drink very often more than those who do. As a hard-drinking friend of mine put it, "I make sure I have enough alcohol to get through the weekend like a SCUBA diver makes sure he has enough air to get back to the surface." And one can always go get trashed at a bar (then drive home, yay.)

I'd be fine with the law if it achieved a tangible public benefit, but there's no evidence that it does. Alcoholics will still find their fix. Minors will still steal from Mom's unlocked liquor cabinet. People living in border counties will give their tax money to neighboring states. But I can't get a bottle of wine to cook with while making my Sunday grocery run.
Comment by John A. Anderson on August 3, 2010 at 7:39am
Actually, there is a movement. You can sign an on-line petitition that's being sponsored (naturally) by the grocery stores, which want to sell cold beer. If you live near a Kroger or Scott, the actually pass out leaflets in their beer departments giving you the website, although I'm sure it would be easy enough to find through Google. It's a step in the right direction, so I've signed it. I encourage the rest of you to do the same, even if, like me, you've given up drinking.
(Of course, I have family and friends who still appreciate an occasional beer, and I'd sure like the option of shopping for them.)

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