Baptist Group Organizes Anti-Alcohol Resolution - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/11/08

Baptist Group Organizes Anti-Alcohol Resolution

Groups continue to organize around the issue of alcohol sales in Lubbock. After the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce released results of a member survey supporting alcohol sales a few weeks ago, the Lubbock Area Baptist Association decided to release their own statement.

The Baptist Association will propose a resolution at their meeting Monday night at the First Baptist Church in Idalou. The Lubbock Area Baptist Association said that the resolution will encourage people not to register their signature on a petition if a petition drive starts. It will also express concern that any tax revenue gained by the sale of alcohol in the city will be offset by increased law enforcement and medical costs related to alcohol induced incidents.

The Lubbock Area Baptist Association is made up of more than 100 churches and missions across the South Plains, and about 70 of those are in Lubbock.

Leaders of those churches say this is an opportunity to speak out. "The chamber has come out publicly and stated they're in favor, or at least those responding are in favor of packaged liquor sales in the city. Well, this resolution also comes out and says, there's a group of people in the community that are opposed to it," said Pastor David Wilson of Southcrest Baptist Church. 

The Chamber of Commerce scheduled a board meeting Tuesday to decide what action they want to take. "Possible options are to do nothing, or to support or to some degree participate in, whether we lead or whether we participate in an alcohol petition drive effort," Chamber President Eddie McBride said.

Normally a vote at the Chamber of Commerce needs a simple majority to pass, but this vote will require a two thirds majority. NewsChannel 11 will cover the meeting Tuesday and let you know what action the chamber decides to take.

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