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Lodge: Say No To Abstinence Pledge

Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, pictured, responded to a request by former DUI driver Scott Andrus to abstain from alcohol during 2012 Legislature: "As a Catholic we receive the Body of Christ in two forms, His Body and Blood. Bread and wine served at the last supper symbolize the body and blood of our Savior. Many times during the Legislative session I attend Mass. Therefore for you to ask me to refrain from my religious celebrations is an invasion of my rights to freedom of religion. I am sure you have your personal religious beliefs and I would not invade on your beliefs. After all this is America the land of Freedom. I work hard to represent my constituents and understand the laws of Idaho concerning consumption of Alcoholic beverages." Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise, puts the final count for those responding to his request at 18 for, one (Lodge) against, and 4 equivocal. More here.

You be a legislator: How would you respond to Andrus' request?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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