Temperance lies in control not prohibition, says bishop

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 5, 1933 (UP) - Final ratification of the twenty-first (repeal) amendment Tuesday offered Rt. Rev. Thomas F. Gailor, Episcopal bishop of Tennessee, an opportunity to reiterate an assertion of fifteen years ago - that real temperance lies in control, not prohibition.

In 1918, the bishop boldly opposed hundreds of other ministers and declared that prohibition would lead to drunkenness and lawlessness and bring the law into general disrepute.


"The record seems to have borne me out," he said Tuesday. "I don't see how anyone who reads the New Testament can believe that it is a religious question. It is an economic problem and it can be controlled.

"It is my belief that if we modify prohibition laws after the repeal today of the eighteenth amendment so that public sale and public drinking can be rigidly limited, and so that we do not attempt to dictate by law to a man what he can do in his own home, then we will be moving toward real temperance."

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