To The Daily Sun,
In reference to the Bishop Paul Blake's Saturday letter concerning taking the cross down at the Holy Grail:
You strongly state that drinking alcohol is a sin. Is it? Ecclesiastes 9:7: "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do."
Like most people in your position, you make your choice of how you believe people should live and act, then choose the specific areas of the Bible to justify your own feelings. However, because the Bible is a long book written over a long time by a bunch of mortal men who couldn't tell you the world was round, it has many contradictions. I'm no Theologian, but don't the serve wine in like 99 percent of all churches in the United States? I know it's the 'blood of Christ', but in reality... still wine. Didn't Jesus make wine from water? That was the Son of God, right? I mean if HE'S making it, it's got to be okay, right?
For any sane person reading this, converting failed churches into places of merriment is not something that is unique to Laconia. The Limelight in London, England was an immensely popular night club in the 1980's, built in a Welsh Presbyterian church. I myself tipped a pint or two there while in England for the 50th Anniversary of D-day and I have not been struck down by lightning yet (knock on wood). Another popular night club was built in the former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in New York City. The big open space and acoustics are a natural fit for a pub or bar. There are many more all around the world...
In my opinion, whether the owners of the Holy Grail are Christians or not, they've created a pretty good atmosphere where you can get some good food, relax a little and spread some good will and cheer. In what kind of warped world does that have to be punished by fire and brimstone?
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