More than likely, if you have never lived in the great state of Utah, the term “Zion Curtain” makes zero sense to you. You probably don’t even know what Zion is, outside of the fact that there is a lion that lives there and Bob Marley sang a lot about it. This is a different Zion, but that Marley Zion always sounded pretty great to me.
The whole point of this blog is to not only give folks a glimpse into what it was like growing up a non-Mormon in Utah, but also a peek into some of the odd things that are not just crazy rumors people hear about Utah and think are true. Well, the Zion Curtain is a real thing; that may not be what the government calls it, but a good majority of people who live there all call it that and know what it is.
See that picture above? That’s one version of a Zion Curtain. Its purpose? It makes it so that people—more importantly, impressionable young children—cannot see bartenders pouring beer, wine, or making drinks containing alcohol in establishments where people under 21 are allowed inside and alcohol is on the menu. Basically, damn near every restaurant that isn’t Denny’s or Village Inn has a Zion Curtain. The thinking is that it prevents children from seeing alcohol being prepared; because if they see it, they will want it, right? This is what happens when you live in a state where people who don’t drink alcohol make the rules about how it can be served. Yep, it gets weird, people. It gets really weird. The crazy alcohol laws are all pretty much true. Mormons might not really have horns (yes, people believe this), but they do make some really insane rules about obtaining alcohol, as well as how, when, and where you can consume it.
So maybe now you understand a bit about why I named the blog what I did.