The Stupidest Alcohol Law in All the Land?
However, with the release of this new poll, I will refrain from mocking Utah citizens and simply focus on lawmakers. It appears that a new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of those polled favor taking down the “Zion Curtain” that, by law, must separate bartenders from patrons in restaurants. The purpose of the Zion Curtain is to curtain excessive drinking. I’m not joking. The reasoning goes like this: the very sight of a person mixing a drink is so powerful that it is liable to encourage a restaurant patron to drink alcohol. In order to prevent this kind of immoral encouragement, a barrier ought to be placed between drink makers and patrons.
I know. It goes without saying, doesn’t it.
The breakdown by politics and gender in the new UtahPolicy.com poll is kind of interesting:
“88 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independent voters wanted to remove the barriers but only 48 percent of Republicans did..Men (65 percent) also were more likely than women (59 percent) to want the barriers removed”
I want to quote one more part of the story that details this new poll because it outlines one of the problems with a state like Utah:
“Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, said he already has plans to sponsor a bill in 2015 that will do away with the barrier requirement. It would be his third try at changing the law. In 2013, his bill passed the House, but faltered in the Senate. In 2014, his proposed legislation never made it out of committee because Valentine and key lawmakers had decided not to discuss changes to Utah liquor laws after Mormon church officials said they were happy with what was on the books.”
I repeat…I am not mocking Mormons. I am however suggesting that if you are looking to create a set of the stupidest and most moronic laws relating to alcoholic beverages you can count on Mormons to accommodate you.