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I’ll Drink to That

Philip H. Mockli of Preston, Idaho, has sued his state in U.S. District Court alleging his civil rights have been violated by the state, which allows municipalities the right to prohibit bars from serving hard liquor. Mockli says this infringes on his religion — he is the founder and self-described “Head Honcho” of the Ethereal Enigmatic Euphoric Movement Toward Civilized Hedonism, which uses liquor as a sacrament. But the Republican politicians in his county have banned liquor in Preston, he said, “to force their morality on those of us who don’t believe in their religion.” This despite that both the U.S. and state constitutions “say that drinking fire water is okey-dokey.” (RC/Logan Herald-Journal) ...Local politicians say they would reconsider the ban, but only if Mockli can pronounce “EEEMTCH” the same way three times in a row.
Original Publication Date: 17 April 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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