ALCAP's moral compass seems broken. Mercy! John Gunn
But Ireland believes HB 196, which also passed the House and is currently placed on the Senate calendar, could be more dangerous to the state, and particularly its underage drinkers.
Sponsored by Rep. Thomas Jackson, D-Thomasville, HB 196, known as the gourmet beer bill, more than doubles the alcohol content allowed in beer sold in Alabama.
"The Free the Hops people wanted to have their own beverage in the state," Jackson said. "That's an imported beer that the Germans and Europeans drink all the time. I feel like if we can take [the Germans' and Europeans'] dollars we ought to be able to embrace their culture."
To that comment, Ireland responded, "If they have prostitution over there, do you think we should have it over here too?"
Ireland believes this bill would provide underage drinkers greater access to a more potent beer, but Jackson, a Church of God in Christ minister, does not believe this will be the case.
"I don't think our teenagers will enjoy drinking this beer because the taste is not good, and it costs $7.60 per bottle," he said.
However, Ireland believes money is not an issue for today's youth.
"To bring what I call a 'high-octane beer' to this market is a dangerous step toward the young people," he said.
"Young people pretty much have the wherewithal to buy what they want when they want it. With that alcohol level, it's a possibility that a teenager can get drunk on one beer. There are too many red flags to allow this to happen."
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Alabama Citizens ...'s Dan Ireland is a dumbass
The Alabama Baptist's Sondra Washington tells us how the Reverend Dan Ireland reasons. Here's his "enlightened thinking" on Alabama's Gourmet Beer Bill ...