Published December 30, 2010

Miracles will never cease.  CBN founder and 700 Club host Pat Robertson recently made statements on that program to the effect that he believes marijuana should be legalized or (at the very least) decriminalized.  That this 80-year-old televangelist sees the insanity behind the existing marijuana laws, and was willing to voice them on a TV show whose viewers are made up mainly of Christian Right Wingers, is a pretty big gamble.

On the December 16, 2010 edition of The 700 Club, Pat said:

“There’s something else we’ve got to recognize.  We’re locking up people who take a couple of puffs of marijuana and the next thing you know they’ve got ten years.  They’ve got mandatory sentences.  These judges throw up their hands and say there’s nothing we can do, there’s mandatory sentences.  We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes and that’s one of them.  I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, and that kind of thing, I mean it’s just costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and they come out at as hardened criminals and it’s not a good thing.”

Pat has certainly made his share of controversial statements over the years, but this time what ire he is receiving is coming from the church itself, and those Christians who have bought into the pulpit propaganda that exists only to fill pews, weight offering plates, breed a feeling of superiority, strengthen the walls of The Bubble, and alienate the people of the world who most need to hear the gospel message.  See Churchianity Part 1 for much more on that.

Frequent visitors here know my views on this topic.  For more info (and the clearing up of much mis-info), cop a gander at this fascinating documentary right here on TheWordslinger.

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