Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

Irish pubs open on Good Friday for first time in 90 years.

In 1927, Ireland banned the sale of alcohol on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and St. Patrick's Day. The St. Patrick's Day ban was lifted in 1967, and the Good Friday ban was lifted for today, March 30, 2018.

The Associated Press (AP) reports:

Guinness is flowing in Irish pubs on a Good Friday for the first time in 90 years.

Lines of people were reported as pubs opened at 7 a.m. to serve alcohol, thanks to legislation that overturned the 1927 ban on pubs opening on Good Friday in time for thirsty locals and tourists.

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland welcomed the change, saying it would add 40 million euros ($49 million) in sales. Chief executive Padraig Cribben said “the Good Friday ban is from a different era and is rightfully consigned to history.”

Cribben said the change meant pub owners now had a choice whether to open, “like all other businesses who were never subject to a ban.”

I appreciate the religious practice of abstaining from strong drink on the holiday commemorating Jesus Christ's death on the cross, but I don't think the government should mandate it. Let Christians who wish to remember Jesus's death abstain from alcohol — except in Communion — if the Holy Spirit leads them to do so. Don't force everyone else to abstain as well.

Christian business leaders should not be pressured to open on Good Friday (or Easter Sunday or Christmas, three of the most important holidays in the Christian calendar).