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The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has fined St. John the Baptist Catholic Church some $600 for violating state alcohol laws. Some of the volunteer servers at a church fundraiser apparently imbibed some of the alcohol they were serving while "on duty."

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  1. As the executive branch is diminished (thanks to Trump and his mini-Trumps around the country), the police and military will assert themselves and start to come after the good guys. At the risk of getting banned again by Reason – I would urge people not to panic. The key is to downscale the ‘protective services’.

    1. It’s possible to get banned from Reason?

  2. Just imagine them trying to enforce these fines against Deadpool. It’ll get you through the day.

  3. WWJD? Not make His blood illegal, that’s for sure.

    1. True. His blood isn’t grape juice.

      1. more like a sparkling rose, and his flesh tastes like chicken…hey I went to communion on Sunday, don’t tell me…

      2. I’m thinking it’s a fine Cabernet Sauvignon

        1. Sangria, obviously.

    2. On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

      Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.[a] Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

      (John 2:1-11)

  4. Utah shows it is not about justice but revenue.

    1. I read the article. Apparently, the ban on drinking applies to voluntary servers. And paid servers. Other than that, drink away!*

      *I say this at the risk of getting banned again by Reason (pat. pending)

  5. If you ever take a Mormon fishing, be sure to bring another Mormon along, or else the first one will drink all your beer.

    1. over his/her dead body…

    2. Actually, in all fairness, my experience with Mormons (which is actually quite extensive) very few of them have a problem with adhering to their Word of Wisdom (the admonition to abstain from alcohol, caffeine and tobacco, and which also contains as well other advice on lifestyle and diet).

      On the other hand like most other religions problems with the seventh commandment are more common than the church establishment would like you to believe. 🙂

      That and the eighth. While actual thefts are lower than the national average, SLC places quite high in cases of fraud and many of them are church related.

  6. Pigs gotta oink

  7. Servers in Utah aren’t allowed to drink? Interesting. I’ve always taken it for granted that bartenders view drinking-on-the-job, when done at light/moderate levels, to be a “job perk”.

    1. On the other hand, other data shows that a disproportionately large number of bartenders are teetotalers, having witnessed first hand the impact of heavy drinking on human health and dignity.

      The one thing that stands out among this group is their non-judgmental attitude.

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