So Much For Freedom and Liberty

In our country you can obtain an abortion and burn a flag, but the lllinois House and Senate have now ruled that public smoking is banned completely from all restaurants and businesses. What is this country coming to? So, if I owned a business, and wanted smokers to be patrons of my business, I can be fined some $200.00/day if I refuse to abide by it. And individual smokers could be fined around $250.00 per occurance.

Is this not an infringement upon a person’s liberty? I think you could even make the argument that this is a freedom of speech issue. I think it is ludicrous. What they have really done is made smoking illegal. No more pipes or cigars in bars anywhere in Illinois. So much for having fun at Pastors’ Conferences.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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4 Responses to So Much For Freedom and Liberty

  1. Lawrence says:

    Try preaching in a public restaurant or place of business, or even on a street corner, and see how long it takes from someone to get offended and have you arrested for ‘hate speech’.

    This is what this is all coming to.

    And yes, I would come visit you in jail.

  2. Anonymous says:

    To quote Eddie Izzard, “Next they’ll outlaw talking and drinking.”


  3. Dan at Necessary Roughness says:

    Ditto this in Ohio, except that the Veterans of Foreign Wars complained and got an exemption from enforcement. Sometimes soldiers don’t fight for everyone. 🙂

  4. Carl Vehse says:

    It’s those lousy politicians that residents of Illinois cemeteries have voted to elect.

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