Church leaders plan to rally against alcohol

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Church leaders in Harlan County are planning to rally against the sale of alcohol in restaurants.

You might recall last week, we told you more than 200 signatures were collected on petition for a moist vote to go on the ballot for those that live in Harlan.

People with the Harlan County Christian Alliance say coming together will send a strong message to voters.

While folks with a city address are the only ones able to vote on the issue ... church leaders say their vote will effect the entire county.

Right now restaurants in Harlan can only serve the basic drinks.
Religious leaders want to keep it that way.
They say their message is simple.

"We don't want to get on the issue of thumping the bible...we want to come with hard facts and say this is not a good thing," said Buddy Simpson with Evarts Church of God.

"With all the problems we have in Eastern Kentucky...drugs and everything... we don't need to add another problem to our situation. We just look at it as fighting another drug... it's not going to be a positive gain at all," said Bo Lee with Harvest Worship Center.

Church leaders planning the Say No to Alcohol Rally think voters need to count the cost.

They say the possible economic boost is not worth it.

"When you think of domestic violence... you think of child abuse... drunk driving...alcohol is a big contributing factor to all those things," said Simpson.

Several local pastors are expected to speak at the rally which will be held at the Harvest Worship Center in downtown Harlan on Monday at 6:30.

Church leaders are also using the rally to start a group that's against the sale of alcohol in restaurants.
They plan to hold more meetings as the election nears.

No word if those in favor of Harlan becoming a moist city will come together and hold a rally in support of the petition.

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