Holy smoke! Praise God and pass the weed

  • Article by: SUSAN HOGAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 9, 2012 - 9:14 AM
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The ever-provocative Pat Robertson, host of the “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network, says it’s time to legalize marijuana.
 
And he wants to make it clear that’s not because he’s inhaled.
 
The 81-year-old former Republican presidential candidate says the government’s so-called war on drugs has failed. Sending people to prison for cannabis crimes makes no sense to him.
 
“If people can go into a liquor store and buy a bottle of alcohol and drink it at home legally, then why do we say that the use of this other substance is somehow criminal?” he told the New York Times.
 
Robertson founded the conservative Christian Coalition in 1989. In its heyday, the organization helped to galvanize evangelical Christians into a powerful political force among Republicans.
 
So far, key national leaders in the evangelical world who share Robertson’s anti-abortion, anti-feminist, anti-gay marriage views, are steering clear of his pot-provoking stance. That’s usually the case when Robertson makes inflammatory remarks, which is often.
 
Consider:
 
* In 2005, he called for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
 
* In 2007, he said that a stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was divine punishment for Sharon ordering Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza a year earlier.
 
* In 2010, he said an earthquake devastated Haiti because the country “swore a pact to the devil.”
 
Robertson has also suggested that legalized abortion in America may have led to Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 
In other words, this televangelist likes to blow smoke.
 
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Susan Hogan is a Star Tribune editorial writer.

 

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