Indiana Blue Law Finally Dies

The phenomenon of Sunday “blue laws” baffles me. It’s 2018, for crying out loud, and we’re still preventing the sale of certain products one day a week because some people like to go to church that day and don’t like the sale of those things. Indiana has finally ended its ban on selling alcohol on Sundays.

Starting this weekend, you can buy carryout alcohol on Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. Holcomb signed the bill to allow it Wednesday afternoon.

“There’s no need to cross the border anymore in the State of Indiana,” Holcomb said. “Buy local. And they’ll have the ability to do it all seven days of the week.”

The Indiana House previously approved the amended bill that would allow alcohol to be sold on Sundays. The bill is the same one that had already been voted on this session except it was amended to take effect immediately after its passage instead of July 1.

All such laws should be struck down as unconstitutional. Setting aside one day a week to ban sales on religious grounds is a violation of the Establishment Clause. You don’t want to buy alcohol on Sundays because that’s the sabbath for you? Good for you. Knock yourself out. But it’s none of your damned business whether someone else does so or not because you don’t get to tell them what they can do just because it’s your “holy” day. You get to control your own behavior, not the behavior of others. That is the essence of freedom of conscience.

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