Times Are Changing – Sunday Car Sales Next? [POLL]
It's very likely the Sunday liquor sales ban is going to be lifted soon. Next up for discussion - allowing dealers to sell cars on Sunday?
In this day and age, there's a few laws that don't make any sense anymore. For instance, the Sunday liquor law. It started partially because of religion and the prohibition era. You can serve alcohol on Sunday, just not "off-sale", except for beer growlers. None of it makes any sense these days.
In Maine there was a law for many years that prohibited department stores from opening on Sundays. There are still many states that don't allow car dealers to sell or service cars on Sunday. These laws are called "Blue Laws".
Blue Laws are laws designed to enforce religious standards. Many of these laws were created in the early 1900's when government and religion were more closely associated. These days the two are kept separate as much as possible, the way Thomas Jefferson intended it when he proclaimed "The separation of church and state".
From Wikipedia, referencing Justice Hugo Black:
In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.
So is the next debate going to be to allow Minnesota dealers to sell cars on a Sunday? Most car dealers are against it. Their one day off is sacred to them. For consumers, Sunday is a very convenient day to view and purchase a vehicle. Being closed on Sundays can be extremely inconvenient.