This article in The Huffington Post is ironic on so many levels I don't know where to start. The state government of Idaho has banned a legal product (vodka) from being sold because the label is offensive, according to one religion (The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints), which incidentally prescribes abstinence from alcohol for its faithful. Can anyone count the number of First Amendment violations there?
Nothing against the Mormon religion or Mormons as a group or Mormon individuals. I've met a number of Mormons over the years and found them to be reasonable, role-model citizens. My issue is with the government. There is nothing obscene about the image or the title of the vodka product (Five Wives Vodka). Yes, it's obviously a tongue-in-cheek reference to polygamy, which many many years ago was practiced by the Mormon church. If that offends Mormons, they can boycott the product. But our government can't!
This will probably just fade away because no one wants to come across as "offending religion" or "pro-offensive ads." But to have a negative reaction to what the Idaho government is doing to a small business (which is based out of Utah, the center of Mormon faith) is the right reaction to have. I hope Five Wives Vodka fights for its free speech rights. And I hope you all help me do the same by contributing here.