NYT Reports on Televangelist Pat Robertson’s Support of Legalized Marijuana

Hm…  Well, it’s not like this is just some aberrant, random statement brought about by the ravages of senility or something.  After all, Pat Robertson has made similar statements in the past.  Here he is in 2010 making the case for legalizing pot:

And, he makes a couple of good points.  But, the real question is:  Is it proper for a minister of God to publicly endorse legalizing that which goes contrary to God’s Word?   Personally, I think not.  What do you think?

Pat Robertson: Legalize marijuana
by Joel Gehrke – Washington Examiner

Evangelical leader Pat Robertson revealed his inner Ron Paul yesterday, as he expressed support for legalizing marijuana and added that the war on drugs has failed.

“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Robertson told the New York Times. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.”

Robertson framed his position in terms of overcrowding in prisons. “Prisons are being overcrowded with juvenile offenders having to do with drugs,” he observed. “And the penalties, the maximums, some of them could get 10 years for possession of a joint of marijuana.”


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16 Comments on “NYT Reports on Televangelist Pat Robertson’s Support of Legalized Marijuana”

  1. Gonzo Says:

    I’m not sure it is against God’s word, “God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat.” … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31) The Bible predicts some herb’s prohibition. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)

    The only drug mentioned explicitly in the Bible is alcohol, and you might recall that Jesus drank wine. It is moderation that is the Biblical context for such things.

    Now, I personally don’t use the stuff, but there is mounting evidence of legitimate medicinal use. If you have ever watched a loved one suffer immeasurably from chemo, and the pharma meds were useless, and dope would do the trick, I think there are folks who might change their minds about such restricted use. Are we free men and women or are we not?

    That being said, with anything that a free man or free woman engages in, there is responsibility and being held accountable. If you abuse it and hurt someone as the result, you should pay the price. If it can help someone, and God put it here on earth for the exact purpose, then it should help people.


  2. Having seen the effects of drug and alcohol users and abusers I have no use for politicians or so called tele-ministers that promote such idocy!

    proverbs 20:1

    • Gonzo Says:

      “Abuse” seems to be the operative word in your post, as is the proverbs verse.

      And unfortunately, the more socialist our society becomes, the less people seem to believe that they should be held accountable for their own irresponsible behavior. It is someone elses, or something elses, fault. AND someone elses responsibility to facilitate correction.

      All this leads right in to the hands of the socialist movement who then insist that they must control everything. A free man should not have to ask permission to use that which is God given. A free man should also use God’s gifts responsibly, and if not, pay the price for it.

      Since I feel I’ve made this pt twice, it is my last comment on the subject. 🙂

  3. Noreen Says:

    I agree with Pat, I see it as a freedom of choice issue. If you’re a Christian (or Jew) you won’t do it, but sin is a choice and something people have to struggle with every day. The state shouldn’t be taking the place of God. I also believe the whole war on drugs is smoke and mirrors, giving the state more powers than it needs or should have. I truly believe most of those resources would be better spent on prosecuting politicians, the state should work as an arm of the people, keeping them safe from people who do not uphold our Constitution!

  4. Ill add some more to more previous comment.

    I am no doubt the youngest member of this forum / blog and obviously my commentary will not be well recieved.

    As I child I am one of those pre-programed drones for ‘dare’ and the ‘just say no’ propagandists. With good reason. My classmates would get high on the school bus and then head to thier classes. Those who were your typical rebellous pothead ended up leaving home and not finishing high school. Those who did so wound us a homeless morons with the only drive to smoke more pot or abuse more drugs.

    I am a child of a alcoholic father whose ‘choices’ made a permanent wedge in my relationship with him. Of those people I came to know between military & work circles the lure of alcohol and drugs made them either violent psychos or brain dead drones unable to work and live thier lives as ‘free’ persons.

    I see no point to make ANY drug legal because it doesnt produce anything than a high idiot that cant live thier life to the fullest without the state helping them.

    Yes I can agree that the system needs to be destroyed and rebuilt or repiared and strengthened! But making pot or any other drugs legal is not going to help you guys or me.

    With apologees if I offend anyone.


    • Noreen Says:

      I understand where you’re coming from, and I’m sorry about your dad but it was his choice and he became an alcoholic on LEGAL alcohol. That was his choice, how you handle it is yours.
      I’m not offended by anything you’ve said but realize this, the kids who would get high on the bus before class did it even though drugs were illegal. Kids did the same thing when I was in school. People will get what they need or want it’s human nature. Laws are words that cannot prevent bad choices. The 10 commandments are also laws people break them all the time!!
      I’m saying maybe the laws just don’t really make sense and the money could be put elsewhere.

      • While I appreciate your comments Noreen I’d point out that Gods Law is not merely the Ten Commandments but 613 Commandments from the Torah. It is a Theocratic law that if we followed it… No doubt there would be MANY DEAD…

        But I digress…

        Yes I can agree that the various druggies and alcoholics I’ve known in a mere 30+ years did make the choices they’d make. But what good is thier choices when it leads them down to breaking not only the Anti-drug laws but many others as well.

        It seems to me that 2 wrongs donot make a right…

        • Toby Says:

          So your going to ignore the fact that drug decriminalization in other countries has yielded the result of decreasing overall drug use? In the Netherlands, where marijuana is easily accessible, the native Dutch population has the lowest rate of marijuana use in all of Europe. Face facts, the war on drugs doesn’t work and the cost to taxpayers is not acceptable. Its also sinful to send people into long jail terms for use of a drug. People who have a problem need treatment not prison.

    • Gonzo Says:

      No offense at all INFM. Thank you for sharing.
      (I know, I promised that my previous post was my last on the subject, so sue me).

      There are those who can take a few drinks now and then, and never have an issue. They are the ones that insist that alcoholism is not a disease, but an out and out choice, and that an alcoholic simply is someone who chooses to continue to drink, as if an alcoholic can just wake up one morning and “choose” to just have 1 or 2 drinks. These folks have no understanding of addiction what-so-ever. Additionally, there is amble evidence to suggest that genetics play a role in tendency toward alcoholism – but first someone makes the choice to start drinking in the first place.

      There are also those who can handle a bit of pot, and not be adversely affected. I am not surprised that teens who start using such a drug would let it consume them. Teens, in general, are far from mature enough to handle such vices, which is why we have a minimum drinking age.

      There are still choices that accompany vice – such as choosing to drive impaired. If you hurt someone while driving impaired, you should be held accountable. Period.

      • Gonzo Says:

        In my perfect world:
        Where a substantiated short term medical use can be attributed for pot, it would be used for that. NOT as an excuse to be a lifer pothead who really only wants to get high.

        It would be nice if passing a law prevented vice, but it doesnt.
        It would be nice if passing a law prevented underaged vice use, but it doesnt.
        It would be nice if there were a simple test to determine if one were likely to end up an addict if they started down the road of any particular vice, but that is unlikely, for now.

        INFM, you may have grown up with DARE, I grew up with black and white government propaganda films that were out and out lies. (Like the one where a star athlete letterman takes one hit, turns in to a werewolf, and the film simulates the dude “raping” wholesome girls). When you lie to a teen about drugs, and they find out it is a lie, then they ignore the warnings. Teens already think they are super-human and would not let themselves get trapped by a vice.

        Open and honest discourse is best. Having a moral gauge by which folks can judge their own actions is also best. But that moral gauge would work best, (IMO), if the person displaying the morality does so by choice.

        I personally don’t use drink or drug anymore. I too know all to well what can happen.


  5. Leatherneck Says:

    It has to be kept illegal. How can Mexico make any money if it is taxed?

  6. J Says:

    Jesus himself said that it isn’t what goes in the body that defiles a man, but what comes out.

  7. Ciccio Says:

    The problem with alcohol, in Europe at least, is that alcoholism is considered as disability. Unless the laws are changed drastically pot will end up the same way. When society learns to accept that anything and everything you do, be it drunkenness, obesity, crime, drug addiction or sloth is no ones fault but your own and refuses to bear to cost of your own stupidity then I agree it is time to legalize and tax all drugs provided the most draconian punishments are meted out to those that introduce them to minors.

    • Big Frank Says:

      I agree with you 100%, especially on crime, of which drugs and alcohol are a major factor Crime is rampant because we condone it, excuse it, permit it and submit to it. The defect is in our character. We have become a nation of shirkers an cowards.

  8. Gonzo Says:

    it would be interesting to know if the herb mentioned in Exodus, translated cassia, is really cannabis.

    • Big Frank Says:

      Very interesting, I always have had a suspicion that ‘big pharma’ does not want any traditional, native, primitive or folk remedies used, tested , investigated, or even looked at due to the fact that there are billion$ of dollar$ to be made ‘pushing’ prescription drugs via TV, magazine ads, and high pressure pharmaceutical salespersons, that wine, dine and pocket line out ‘trusted physicians’ to prescribe their products. How many of us have had to sit and wait longer at the doctor’s office while the well dressed pharmaceutical sales representative was greeted and told to “come right in”?

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