More from the TN Baptist Convention

The Tennessee Baptist Convention has every right to weigh in on this debate. And they have. Again and again. And again.

The latest missive from the TBC is worthy of some review and breakdown. We simply can’t resist.

The best line of the whole thing…

“Ask [legislators] to be courageous and display compassion by not giving in to a powerful lobby motivated by greed.”

Amen. The liquor lobby has held consumers hostage…Huh?…He’s not talking about the liquor lobby?…No!

Just so everyone knows, food stores are pursuing this change because their customers want to buy wine in their stores. That’s free enterprise driven by consumer choice. When was the last time the liquor industry (wholesalers or store owners) pursued meaningful legislation for the benefit of their customers?

Ironically, this legislation will enable the liquor store owners to improve the experience for customers, too. Have wine tastings. Sell mixers. Sell corkscrews.

Food stores never would have backed the legislation and this campaign if Tennesseans who shop in their stores didn’t want to buy wine where they buy food. Period. End of story.

Let’s move on. Here’s misleading point #2:

We must not sit by and allow this relatively small number of people (approximately 25,000 members of the Red White and Food organization) to pull the wool over the eyes of the candidates for state office who are elected to serve all Tennesseans.

It’s completely false to say that only 25,000 Tennesseans support this change. The TBC and liquor lobby love to throw out phrases like “relatively few” or “convenience of a few.” Wrong again. Those are simply the number of people who have joined the campaign to demonstrate their support. The real number is 62 percent of Tennesseans — that’s 3.8 million people give or take a few hundred thousand — who support this change, according to an MTSU poll. Only 26 percent oppose the idea.

And the last misleading (read: self-serving) point:

Research by the Tennessee Department of Health reported 65 percent of Tennesseans stated they do not consume alcohol of any kind.

The number is probably a little high. Yet it only works if you assume — as TBC seems to assume — that Tennesseans who don’t consume alcohol are opposed to others drinking and the expansion of alcohol sales. In fact, many are not.

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    If TBC’s tax-exempt status were threatened, would they still be talking about others’ greed?

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