Oh, dear God. We gave up these things for a reason:
An Iowa man who is subsisting solely on beer for the duration of Lent says he is trying to combat the “teetotalling, neo-prohibitionist tendencies” of some elements of Christianity while also paying homage to the beer-making Bavarian monks of the Middle Ages. “I hope beer lovers learn something reasonable about Christianity, and I hope Christians learn something reasonable about beer,” J. Wilson, 38, writes in the first entry of his blog, Diary of a Part-time Monk, where he is chronicling his 46-day “journey.”
The whole un-Christian presumption that Christians have any more of a problem with beer in the USA staggers the mind. Here's the math. Three-quarters of Americans profess to be Christian. Half of Americans drink. So, somewhere between 25% and 50% of Americans are Christian drinkers. Let's say saw it off in the middle and say about as many people who vote on an off-year election night or, more to the point, about as many born again Christians who divorce.
What do such numbers mean? Nothing. I wouldn't credit any of those statistics with defining anything about anything. There is no great resonance about them because that sort of thing is not where "neo-prohibitionist tendencies" of any sort come from. They come from sects and usually just a few cranks within them. Cranks with soap boxes and a taste for publicity. Which reminds me a whole lot about a newspaper columnist who decides to teach Christians something reasonable about beer as a publicity stunt. I suspect all that will be really taught through the process is the need to provide oneself with a little fiber, a little bulk in the diet to get through a month and a half - not to mention the dry cleaning costs of thinking otherwise. Please just don't make another movie out of this sort of thing. Makes about as much sense as saying there is no American session beer or blaming "beer big" or any other source of that well worked boogieman that something is holding back good beer... something that is never quite explained given the craft beer explosion of recent years.
When I think of drunk driving, the effects on health from alcohol abuse, the connection between alcohol abuse and other societal ills deciding to co-opt someone's faith for this sort of stunt is such a wasted opportunity, a really sad way to promote a sensible approach to good beer.