Bidwell churches take stand against liquor sales

October 27, 2013

To the voters of the Bidwell precinct:

We, the undersigned pastors of the Bidwell precinct, are writing this letter in regards to the request for liquor licenses by The Wounded Goose and The Korner Store, two business establishments in this precinct.

As religious and spiritual leaders in the village of Bidwell, we are very concerned about the moral and ethical impact the passage of this issue would have on our community.

We are already plagued with a drug problem, and we believe a license to sell liquor at either establishment would make it too convenient for some who already have a problem. This would add to or create a larger problem than the one that already exists in the community.

Our only goal with this letter is to persuade the voters of the Bidwell precinct to vote NO on this issue. It is not our intention to infringe upon the present business practices of these establishments. We do patronize these two businesses and will continue to do so regardless of the outcome of this election. We want to encourage you, the voters, to do likewise. If the issue does not pass, they will need our business even more so that they are able to maintain their business in the black. We believe it is God’s will for us to take this stand, and He therefore is able to take up the slack and even bless beyond what they now profit.

We, the undersigned, represent a united voice on this matter.

Respectfully and prayerfully submitted by the following churches of the Bidwell precinct:

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church — Rev. Gene A. Armstrong

Apostolic Faith Church — Evangelist/Pastor Cheryl Johnson

Corinth Church — Pastor Calvin Minnis

Garden of My Heart — Pastor Charles T. Glassburn

Bidwell United Methodist Church — Pastor J. Mosley

Trinity United Methodist Church — Daniel H.C.

Church of Christ — Jack Riley