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Friday, August 11, 2006

SBCers and Beer

In my last post, I called on 4 of the most outspoken men engaged in the Alcohol War being waged in Southern Baptist circles to publicly endorse an increase in the Federal Excise Tax on Alcohol.

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), alcohol-related problems cost American society nearly $200 billion per year and cause as many as 100,000 deaths annually. Most states have not increased alcohol taxes in decades. These dormant tax rates have contributed to a "gradual and substantial decline in the price of alcoholic beverages." Increasing the Federal Excise Tax on beverage-alcohol will deter underage use, reduce traffic-crash fatalities, and decrease alcohol-related health problems.

A mere Five Penny tax increase will yield more than $20 billion in new revenue over the next five years!

A national poll conducted in November 2005 found that 56 percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats support a federal tax increase on alcoholic beverages.

After passing the infamous Alcohol Resolution in Greensboro - the question still begs....

Will Southern Baptists support this Nickel Tax Increase on Wine, Beer, and other Spirits???

Will the Abstinence-Only James Merritt types find some consistency and support this initiative??

Will the Memphis Declaration types take this step to disprove the myth that they are Alcohol Promoters??

Contact your Representative and Senators. Make a phone call. Send a simple email. Follow this LINK for instructions and more information on CSPI's Alcohol Policies Project.


Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White said...

I am a beer drinking Baptist. (This is because I became a Baptist in Germany and didn't know most Baptists in America were teetotalers until returning to the States.) I love lagers and stouts, though not many ales. German dark lagers have a special place in my palate. But I will support a nickel tax in order to help price beer and wine out of the hands of young people. I would urge that the revenue be earmarked for our failing school systems, too long deprived of money.

12:46 PM

Blogger Big Daddy Weave said...

Public Schools would be a great place for this 20 billion.

Unfortunately, most of the loud-voices within the SBC are not the least bit supportive of our public schools.

You know how the public schools are pushing "homosexuality" on all straight Southern Baptist boys and girls...RIGHT.

Absolutely no qualms with Beer drinking Baptists. However, the teetotalers in the SBC should back up their empty words with a little action though.

3:47 PM


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