Not just alcohol --- the "blue laws" applied to most businesses (except restaurants and drug stores.) It was a big deal in my town when the Hill's department store was the first to open on a Sunday.<quoted text>
...many cities didn't even allow the sale of alcohol on the Lords Day.
The "blue laws" applied to everyone, even if you were an atheist or celebrated the Sabbath on another day. It was the Christian majority forcing their Sabbath on everyone else.<quoted text>
Nobody was forced into religion.
And, in the early 1950s (thanks to a Republican/Catholic coalition) the words "under God" were added to the Pledge, and school kids were forced to say it, even if they didn't believe in God.
Or society has become much more secular since then, but there are still many that try to force their beliefs on others.
"In 1953, the Roman Catholic men's group, the Knights of Columbus mounted a campaign to add the words "under God" to the Pledge. The nation was suffering through the height of the cold war, and the McCarthy communist witch hunt. Partly in reaction to these factors, a reported 15 resolutions were initiated in Congress to change the pledge. They got nowhere until Rev. George Docherty (1911 - 2008) preached a sermon that was attended by President Eisenhower and the national press corps on 1954-FEB-7. His sermon said in part:
"Apart from the mention of the phrase 'the United States of America,' it could be the pledge of any republic. In fact, I could hear little Muscovites repeat a similar pledge to their hammer-and-sickle flag in Moscow."
After the service, President Eisenhower said that he agreed with the sermon. In the following weeks, the news spread, and public opinion grew. Three days later, Senator Homer Ferguson,(R-MI), sponsored a bill to add God to the Pledge. It was approved as a joint resolution 1954-JUN-8. It was signed into law on Flag Day, JUN-14. President Eisenhower said at the time:
"From this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty."