America's oldest 'third party, the Prohibition Party, has been striving since 1869 to enhance the freedom and dignity of the individual and to protect the welfare of the family. We're interested in many problems which directly impact the home: debt, gambling, job insecurity, trivialized education, spouse and child abuse, intrusive governmental regulations, drinking, and more.  We're interested in helping people help themselves by voluntary association in a private enterprise economy.  We're interested in teaching personal responsibility.  We're Americans, original, old, and new, who love our country and what it stands for.

When you vote for the 'lesser of two evils,' that's exactly what you get.  But, when Prohibition Party candidates earn large protest votes, major party politicians notice.  When we join together and vote our consciences, we do make a difference.  If your state election officials do not recognize the Prohibition Party, then register in another and influence that party by voting in its primary, but please support the Prohibition Party with your gifts and vote for Prohibition Party candidates at the general election.

If you are a reform-minded conservative and a non-drinker, the Prohibition party wants you!

Attractively printed brochures containing the 2012 Prohibition Party platform are available from Action! Prohibitionists, Box 212, Needmore, PA 17238.


Prohibition Party Platforms

The 34th quadrennial convention of the Prohibition National Committee resolved to discontinue publishing The National Statesman.  In its place, the Prohibition National Committee now publishes The National Prohibitionist.



Our Logo, the Camel

Influential political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902), he who gave the pachyderm to be the symbol of the Republican Party and the jackass for that of the Democratic Party, also gave the camel to the Prohibition Party. Nast drew for Harper's Weekly during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Nast chose the camel to represent the Prohibition Party because, like Prohibitionists generally, camels don't drink very often, and, when they do drink, they drink only water. Originally a dromedary, the symbol was later changed to the Bactrian camel in order not to be associated with the camel logo on Camel Cigarettes.


What About Those Bible Wines?

One of the most vexing disagreements between alcohol prohibitionists and moderationists concerns the use of the word 'wine' in the Bible. Each side quotes its own favorite verses of Scripture to justify its own viewpoint. And taken literally, the King James Version and most other translations do contradict themselves about 'wine.'

The issue can be resolved in one of two ways:

1. People who reject the doctrine of Biblical Inspiration consider the Bible to be a collection of oral traditions derived from several Middle Eastern societies. Some of these societies approved of drinking, others did not. The contradictions among the Bible sources are therefore real but are of no consequence.

2. People whose faith tells them that the Bible was inspired consider the contradictions to be only apparent (not real) and explain them away as errors in interpretation. The word 'wine' in olden times was used indiscriminately to mean either fresh grape juice or fermented (alcoholic) grape juice. The context in which the word is used tells the reader which meaning is appropriate.

American English today uses the word 'cider' in the same way'cider' can be either fresh apple juice (sweet cider) or fermented apple juice (hard cider). The context in which the word is used tells the reader which meaning to infer.

Two excellent books on the subject of Bible wines are Stephen M. Reynolds "The Biblical Approach to Alcohol" (US Council International Organization of Good Templars, 2926 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407) and Charles Wesley Ewing "The Bible and its Wines" (Prohibition National Committee, Box 2635, Denver, CO 80201).

Professor Reynolds has organized a foundation and charged it with producing a new Bible translation in which the 'wine paradox' and other contradictory passages in existing translations are reconciled. This 'purified translation' is now being published and is available from the Lorine L. Reynolds Foundation, 702 Custis Road, Glenside, PA 19038.

--Editor


National Committee of the Prohibition Party     

Florida
     Bill Bledsoe, Milton
Georgia
     Billy Joe Parker, Waleska
     Rick Knox, Blairsville
Illinois
     Phil Collins, Mundelein
Indiana
     James Clifton, Millersburg
Maine 
     Ray Perkins, Jr., Waldoboro
Maryland
     Greg Seltzer, Fallston
Mississippi
       Bill Bayes, Hattiesburg
New York
     Russell Hallock, Washingtonville
Pennsylvania
     Barry Alfonso, Pittsburgh
     James Hedges, Needmore
Texas
     Toby Davis, Jefferson

Executive Committee       The National Committee of the Prohibition Party designates a seven-member executive committee, which makes any necessary policy decisions between national conventions. Day-to-day operating decisions are made by the Chairman.
           The executive committee includes (as of 26 November 2014):  
Chairman -- Rick Knox, Georgia
Vice-Chairman -- Rev. Toby Davis, Texas
Secretary -- (vacant)
Treasurer -- James Hedges, Pennsylvania
 (members) -- Bill Bledsoe, Florida
                       Russell Hallock, New York
                       Ray Perkins, Jr., Maine 
                       Phil Collins, Illinois 
                       Bill Bayes, Mississippi                          
  
About National Committeemen
Each of the 50 states is entitled to two representatives on the National Committee. There are many vacancies in the above list. If you or someone you know would like to fill one of those vacancies, please contact the Prohibition National Committee.

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"Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart"
- Galations 6:9(NKJV)