American Prohibition Still Exists?

According to BBC News:

Anti-alcohol protest, Williamsburg

In some parts of the United States prohibition never ended – but how much longer can the remaining “dry” counties stay alcohol-free?

It was known as the noble experiment.

A law prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages had been the dream of temperance campaigners in the United States since the early 19th Century.

When prohibition came into force, in 1920, saloons across the country were boarded up and the streets foamed with beer as joyful campaigners smashed kegs and poured bottles down the drain.

I have to admit, so far this is kinda new to me. Maybe I’m being ignorant but I thought Prohibition ended awhile ago. What wasn’t surprising was the huge force that the local church seems to be in keeping alcohol banned…

The town has been dry for as long as anyone can remember – apart from a few giddy years following the repeal of national prohibition – and the local Baptist churches fought hard to keep it that way.

In a roadside tableau outside a Christian mission, a dummy of a homeless man, his disembodied legs sticking out of a tent next to an empty beer bottle, reminded passing motorists of the damage booze can do. “Homeless vote no beer – get saved” read a cardboard sign.

Church groups went to great lengths to warn about the dangers of alcohol

But dry campaigners argue that the whole area is in need of jobs and investment and more freely available booze is not the answer.

“If it takes a town of drunks and people that drink to be prosperous, we are going in the wrong direction,” said Williamsburg schoolteacher Matthew Ratliffe.

“We want to be prosperous, certainly, but we don’t think alcohol is the way to do that.”

Like many of his fellow dry campaigners, Ratliffe has experience of alcoholism in his family but he also believes the Church has a duty to protect the morals of the local community.

“I do have a moral obligation as a follower of Jesus Christ to be against alcohol,” said the 32-year-old former police officer.



Who Should Be The Next Archbishop?

So. Rowen Williams is stepping down, and there are already conversations about who’s taking his place in betting shops arounds the country. So here’s our take on who we’d want to say be the next Archbishop:

  • Bishop Bob: Great name, and has a history of using Facebook well. Sadly this dude is also retiring.Rowen Williams is stepping down, and there are already conversations about who’s taking his place in betting shops arounds the country. So here’s our take on who we’d want to see being the next Archbishop:
  • Steven Moffat: Has a proven track record of taking over big roles, and doing a fine job (some would say Doctor Who could be a religion). Besides being the head of the church could get him into one.
  • John Sentamu: Come on, we have to have one or two serious choices in a list like this. He does seem to be the popular choice for the role, even though he has reportedly said “You can’t be serious”, when someone asked if he actually wanted it.Could the Bishop of London be the next Archbishop of Canterbury?
  • Lord Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes, Bishop of London, : Seriously. Did you see him in Rev.? Besides if you think about it… If it was actually Lord Voldemort, there would be no chance of any split. Ever.
  • The Church Mouse: He’s wise, old, and likes cheese. What’s not to like?
  • Nick Baines: From what I can gather from his blog, a good communicator, and a Liverpool fan…
  • Kenny Dalglish: He’s worked wonders with Liverpool… Why not the Anglican church?
  • Graham James: From what I can tell, an almost sensible choice.
Any other comedy suggestions out there?
30th March Edit:
Any person wishing to comment on the challenges and opportunities that should be taken in to account in considering the appointment of his successor or who wishes to propose candidates should email, by Monday 30th April, to .
Who wants to email in suggesting Lord Voldemort?
(With thanks to Vicky Beeching)

Church Sofa Half Serious Guide To Church: Mobiles – The Golden Rule

As long term readers know; we’re fans of using phones in Church, particulary for using Twitter.

Whatever you do, just remember the golden rule: Switch your phone onto silent.

Or your church may produce something like this:

Weekly RoundUp: The Nappy Edition

Sorry. This weeks weekly round up might smell a little…

Archbishop of Canterbury Resigns

As everyone seems to be being asked for a comment, we thought we should release our official comment on the news of Rowan Williams stepping down as the Archbishop of Canterbury.

We will miss your beard.

Its a mighty fine beard, that we’ll miss seeing in Church related news articles.

Thank you.

If any passing journalist would like to use the above quote, please do, but remember one thing: We dont sell sofas.

BBC News