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Many of the great 19th-century women leaders in the U.S. were against what they considered three great evils: slavery, discrimination against women (including no voting rights) and alcohol. The first two evils have largely been eradicated, but not the third. Jane Addams was active in the temperance movement, as was Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her […] Read More

(RNS) The Rev. James Howell knew he had a problem on his hands when several teenagers arrived at a church dance drunk and had to be taken from the church by ambulance for treatment for alcohol poisoning. Starting in 2009, he urged his flock at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., to give […] Read More

“Don’t drink, smoke or chew, or go with girls who do.” The social ethics of many Baptists have revolved around “total abstinence” or “teetotalism.” It was that way at my Baptist house. Of course history is not so simple. Baptists in America have not always been shy about social drinking. The earliest Baptists of the […] Read More