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Survey: Young Christians want marijuana legalized
April 25th, 2013
12:21 PM ET

Survey: Young Christians want marijuana legalized

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Half of young Christians have bucked the opinion of their older brethren and said they favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a recent poll.

Thirty-two percent of Christian’s aged 18-29 said they “strongly favor” legalization, while 18% said they “favor” the move, according to a Public Religion Research Institute survey released Thursday. Among Christian’s 65 and older, only 9% said they strongly favor legalization and 47% say they strongly oppose it.

Though the younger generations favor legalization, all Christians still lean toward keeping the drug illegal. While 39% of Christians say they favor or strongly favor legalization, 54% say they support keeping the drug illegal, according to the poll.

According to the poll, 45% of young Christians have “tried marijuana,” compared to 13% of Christian seniors who say they have.

“Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans who report they have ever tried marijuana support legalizing marijuana,” the report says. “While an identical number (65%) of Americans who report that they have not tried marijuana oppose its legalization.”

“Marijuana legalization connects to a broader generational story that we are seeing in religious culture,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the polling firm. “The younger, religious Americans are taking a lot of their cues from their generational cohorts. To be sure, they are colored by their religious affiliation.”

Jones continued: “The generational sea change on this issue is also shifting the ground inside churches.”

Marijuana, while a longtime political question, was thrust to the forefront of debate in 2012, when two states – Washington and Colorado – legalized use of the drug for recreational use. That same year, Oregon voted to keep marijuana illegal.

In Washington, legalization was a way to raise tax revenue. The Washington referendum called for a 25% tax rate imposed on the product three times: when the grower sells it to the processor, when the processor sells it to the retailer, and when the retailer sells it to the customer.

Marijuana use, according to the poll, is not seen as a sin by a majority of Americans.

Seventy percent of Americans said that recreational use of marijuana is not a sin, compared to 23% who said they believe using the drug is sinning. While most religious groups follow this trend, according to the poll, white evangelical Protestants are the most divided group, with 40% indicating using marijuana is a sin and 48% saying it is not.

These results have led poll organizers to believe marijuana use will continue to gain more acceptance in the coming years.

“Much like same sex marriage, what we are seeing here is generational replacement,” Jones said. “As more young Christians come to adulthood, they bring with them different experience and views.”

After electoral victories in November, the good news for those in favor of marijuana legalization keeps on coming. In early April, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released a poll that found 52% of Americans favored legalization, compared to 45% who favored keeping marijuana illegal.

This was the first time in the history of the Pew poll that legalization has been in the majority.

The PRRI poll results are based on telephone conversations with a random sample of 1,000 adults. The conversations took place between April 17 and April 21.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Politics

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  1. Travis Jr.

    CLOSING ILLUSTRATION: John Mays told of being on his honeymoon in the Bahamas.
    One day, while he was out on the beach a man walked up to him and said, "Would you like to buy some cocaine? You can tell everyone how much you really enjoyed the Bahamas."
    After I said "No!" and got over the shock of that man's boldness, I wondered how Jesus would have responded if someone came up to him selling drugs.
    Later that day, someone else came up to me selling drugs and that gave me another chance to share Jesus with them in a most creative way. After he told me that he had the "good-stuff," I asked him, "What have you got?"
    Once he said "Cocaine!” I said the following:
    "Is that all you’ve got? Well, I'm disappointed! I was hoping you would have something better than that. You see, I've got the real thing! What I have is all-natural, pure and very powerful. And it makes me feel great all day and all night. And get this, it may be illegal in some countries, but not in this one so you can't get arrested for having it!"

    By this time the man was very curious and asked me what is this incredible "stuff" I was talking about.
    I said, "I'm talking about having Jesus in your heart! It's awesome what he will do for you when you get him inside of you! No drug in all the world is as good as having Jesus in you."
    The man stopped smiling and got this real serious look on his face and said, "I want what you have. How do I get it?" -Jeff Strite
    Seek Jesus earnestly and he can meet you at your point of need

    May 10, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • HumanKindForever

      Finally someone admitted Jesus is a drug. A Secular Humanist.

      May 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  2. Selyl

    Legalize it, put a federal and state tax on it, so what if some people grow it. There will always be people who would rather buy it then put in the effort to grow it. If legalized you could make it legal to grow for personal use but to sell you would have to have a liscense or face penalty fees.

    Even if they just legalize it at a Federal level the states can have it kept illegal for populations who are more conservative about their belief that Marijuana should stay illegal and other states can legalize it accordingly. And Federally speaking thats one less the the Federal Government has to have a leash on all the time,

    Just watch out for Monsanto, they'll start sueing everybody for Pot seeds they make that somehow get blown into your neigbors yard.

    May 8, 2013 at 2:27 am |
    • Science

      Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

      Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

      Good stuff !

      May 3, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply

      May 8, 2013 at 6:30 am |
    • Science

      Update :

      See for yourself below.................The fairy in the sky did NOT create us !!!

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      Monkey Math: Baboons Show Brain's Ability to Understand Numbers ..........E = mc2..............(U-Pb) numbers do not lie !

      May 3, 2013 — Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it's hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans. Now a new study with a troop of zoo baboons and lots of peanuts shows that a less obvious trait – the ability to understand numbers – also is shared by humans and their primate cousins.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130503132719.htm

      OR.........take a ride on a DINO.

      Fossil records are better to read than the nasty bible..................no god(s) required !

      Oldest? New 'Bone-Head' Dinosaur Hints at Higher Diversity of Small Dinosaurs

      May 7, 2013 — Scientists have named a new species of bone-headed dinosaur (pachycephalosaur) from Alberta, Canada. Acrotholus audeti (Ack-RHO-tho-LUS) was identified from both recently discovered and historically collected fossils. Approximately six feet long and weighing about 40 kilograms in life, the newly identified plant-eating dinosaur represents the oldest bone-headed dinosaur in North America, and possibly the world.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507124800.htm

      The Science Guy takes on creationism

      CNN|Added on November 24, 2012

      http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/11/24/intv-nye-creationism.cnn

      May 8, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  3. Science

    Free speech helps to educate the masses..............POLITICIANS TOO !

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !..................Creationists...........ID believers and christians !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    Maybe they should not have created the wedge !!!

    The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Insti-tute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Insti-tute manifesto known as the Wedge Docu-ment,[1] which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and "reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic
    convictions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge_strategy

    Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

    Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.

    http://www.aclupa.org/legal/legaldocket/intelligentdesigncase/dovertrialtranscripts.htm

    Education works for children

    Where do morals come from?.............the answer is not the bible read and find out !

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

    Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!...

    Peace.......

    May 6, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  4. Kindness

    kindness
    This is my experience… Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth….

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it …..but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else….. Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also… much the world arranges “surrounding dark matter into something to be debated” in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don’t know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently…. most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip… But not fall of the ship …carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don’t like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. “Follow me”.
    It’s the hardest thing to do… but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)… as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth…
    do we do what it says in todays society… is it relevant… so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person…which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ….in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life….. You will be forgotten…. history will repeat iteslf…. the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed….. your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated….. your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix… Repent…. Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are” in” the world but not “of ” the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence….. Faith ….above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament… You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ….see and hear truth … see how christ sets an example … feel the truth….

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don’t get what you want ….you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. …your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour…. can’t explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You’re all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I’ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don’t wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It’s just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved
    Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
    And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
    The, looking in, I saw upon the floor
    Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
    “How many anvils have you had,” said I,
    “To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
    “Just one,” said he, and then with twinkling eye,
    “The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
    And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word,
    For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
    Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
    The anvil is unharmed – the hammers gone.

    May 6, 2013 at 1:09 am |
    • Birdsboro1975

      wow...long winded and nothing to do with ganja. BOOOOOOORIIIIIIING

      May 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
  5. 1corinthians

    19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

    May 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • curbcheck

      I recommend you stop taking all medications then.

      May 5, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  6. eleighs

    Pot doesn't have to be smoked to help relieve pain or nausea. Some people juice it or make oil out of it to relieve all sorts of medical problems. I've not tried pot, but if I was sick, I would. It is an herb that up until the mid 1930's was legal in this country. Then it was banned and relegated to the hard drug trade. Separate it from that, and it won't lead to it. Even with recreational use as widespread as it is in this country, how many traffic accidents are caused by it? Seems like most are from drunk drivers.

    May 4, 2013 at 6:51 am |
  7. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses

    Gravity is not up for debate !

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

    April 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |

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    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    May 3, 2013 at 9:26 am |
  8. Luke DeWitt OCC

    I think that marijuana is a substance that can be correlated with religion. Marijuana can be used as a sedative drug where someone can feel euphoric while praising their religion.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  9. Baez

    The body is a temple of the living God.
    Occasional marijuana use is rarely seriously harmful, but smoking pot has important medical effects.

    Physiological Effects of Marijuana

    The active ingredient in marijuana is THC.

    THC is rapidly absorbed after smoking pot. Within minutes, THC and the other substances in marijuana smoke cause

    Rapid heart rate
    Increased blood pressure
    Increased rate of breathing
    Red eyes
    Dry mouth
    Increased appetie, or "the munchies"
    Slowed reaction time

    Other short-term psychological effects of pot include:

    Distorted sense of time
    Paranoia
    Magical or "random" thinking
    Short-term memory loss
    Anxiety and depression
    These psychological signs of using pot also generally ease after a few hours. But residual effects can last for days
    source webmd

    May 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • sam stone

      perhaps, but it should still be legal

      May 2, 2013 at 7:34 am |
    • Up for debate

      Think of its use for cancer pain. We don't want less pain medicine available to the sick.

      May 2, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  10. Timothy V

    Well we "the X Gen" are now the policy makers and the voters. And we have seen for years how cannabis has been made the scapegoat for all drugs. but we know and knew better. So now it has all come to fruition.

    http://coloradohighlifetours.com/

    May 1, 2013 at 1:59 am |
  11. Julie

    Can it help you stop smoking? Because nothing seems to work

    April 30, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
    • Bobby

      Sadly cannabis really doesn't do anything for people withdrawing from nicotine except maybe make them less irritable and aggressive.

      June 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  12. TheObserver

    The real reason that more Christians favor pot legalization? Because it's just now (yes, the final horse crosses the finish line) that young Christians are realizing something their parents tried desperately to hide from them..... a lot of perfectly nice, functional, professional, compassionate, intelligent people smoke pot. Way more people than they thought. So, with this new information, young Christians had a decision to make... echo the sentiments of the judgmental, reefer-madness-era Christians and sound like a Pharisee, OR, keep their friends, look progressive, and examine some facts. It's a forced gesture of saving face.

    The facts have been out there for a long time. But here's a simple hypothetical for you. If you smoked a joint per day, or ate one Big-Mac per day, which one would kill you first? Which one does more physical damage? The answer is the same. Pot impairs your judgment less than alcohol, considerably less. Anyone have a Dad or grandpa who's a doctor? Ask them what their professors told them to do instead of drinking at parties when they were in pre-med.

    The pot laws are just another example of our dysfunctional democracy. More than half the population want legalization. It's the biggest cash crop in North America, and if regulated, would help dig out of our deficit tremendously. It would reduce turf-wars in major cities, and save the DEA and the US a ton of money. As we have it now, major medical journals, and national health organizations have been ignored and superceded by the DEA and the FDA.

    Once it's legalized across the US (don't worry when Prohibition was lifted it took less than 5 years) the government will have to think of some other way to keep minorities incarcerated.

    Peace

    April 30, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • Saraswati

      I agree that legalizing marijuana might help, but people in jail for only marijuana related offenses account for a tiny portion of the prison population.

      April 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • Robert

      Saraswati,
      "The BJS study, "Drug Use and Dependence, State and Federal Prisoners, 2004," reports that 12.7 percent of state inmates and 12.4 percent of federal inmates incarcerated for drug violations are serving time for marijuana offenses. Combining these percentages with separate US Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics on the total number of state and federal drug prisoners (BJS October 2005 Bulletin: "Prisoners in 2004" - NCJ 210677) suggests that there are now approximately 33,655 state inmates and 10,785 federal inmates incarcerated for marijuana offenses."

      May 1, 2013 at 8:47 am |
  13. six1forecords

    Reblogged this on six1forecords and commented:
    I am a Christian. I have nerve damage from a gunshot wound. I support legalizing medical marijuana so we have an option of pain killers or medicinal marijuana to help alleviate the pain. Personally the pills get old then you build up a tolerance and pretty soon an accidental OD can happen. Let the States do what they wish on this whole topic.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:18 am |
    • Science

      The End

      You asked for it six1forecords Have a good read !

      Where do morals come from?

      By Kelly Murray, CNN

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/

      Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

      Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

      Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
      bears his name as the “God particle.”

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

      Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
      Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/pope-praises-science-but-insists-god-created-world/

      Science

      Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
      By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

      April 7th, 2012

      08:32 PM ET

      The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/comment-page-137/#comment-2281915

      Make sure to read comments

      April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

      Breaking News

      NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html

      April 30, 2013 at 7:22 am |
  14. Jose79845

    These young Christians are being raised on psychotropics and can get significant relief from marijuana.

    April 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
  15. Connie

    Any religion that espouses the murder of innocents is evil. Not just sometimes, but all the time. I will never, ever trust a Muslim again, and that includes many friends, be kind to them, yes–trust them, NEVER.

    April 29, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Robert

      Connie, These are direct quotes from the Christian bible. Am I to conclude that the Christian religion is evil and that Christians should NEVER be trusted?

      "Happy is the one who seizes your infants
      and dashes them against the rocks." Psalm 137:9

      "And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul, but that whoever would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman." 2 Chronicles 15:12-13

      "If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you." Deuteronomy 22:20-21

      "As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.
      Then he said to them, “Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!” So they went out and began killing throughout the city.
      Ezekiel 9:5-7

      "Whoever is captured will be thrust through;
      all who are caught will fall by the sword.
      Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
      their houses will be looted and their wives violated.
      See, I will stir up against them the Medes,
      who do not care for silver
      and have no delight in gold.
      Their bows will strike down the young men;
      they will have no mercy on infants,
      nor will they look with compassion on children." Isaiah 13:15-18

      "Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the Lord must be destroyed." Exodus 22:20

      "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." 1 Samuel 15:3

      Need I go on?

      May 1, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • Bobby

      The same can be said of just about all religions and cultures. You must distrust everyone on earth, particularly Christians as they have murdered and tortured more people in the name of their God than other other faith on the planet by a significant margin.

      June 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  16. Trance

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxk9TvyJrs&w=640&h=390]
    -

    April 29, 2013 at 2:07 am |
  17. Douglas

    Use of narcotics by Christians for pleasure and recreation is a SIN.

    April 29, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • Robert

      Douglas, how can you be so SURE? Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and as such is soporific for many people; therefore, it can be classified as a narcotic. It is not classified as a narcotic legally, but legal classifications of psychoactive compounds bear little resemblance to pharmacological reality. Jesus Christ himself changed water into wine (ethanol) and one of the most persistent complaints against Jesus centered around his propensity for spending time at parties drinking with sinners. Is it possible that many Christians (Christ followers) now find themselves to be in the exact same position vis-a-vis Jesus Christ as the Pharisees and Sadducees who were his most vituperative detractors? That is, they are self-righteous, judgmental hypocrites who don't have the slightest sense of how far from holy they really are because they lack introspection and are too self-absorbed to hear the word.

      April 29, 2013 at 3:15 am |
    • sam stone

      Seems everything pleasuable is a sin to Christians. That is why they are so grumpy. They mimic their god

      April 29, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Connie

      I disagree with you. First of all, mariajuana is not a narcotic. It is a hallucinogen, with no long term effect unless you start smoking at too young an age, Without it, I would have glaucoma and incredible pain. And, since I choose to use it for my pain, no one, especially someone who makes uninformed pronouncements, can pound sand.

      April 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • TC

      Jesus created wine from water. Are you doubting that the party-goers actuall drank it?

      April 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Science

      And there is doogie.............where did that other post go about ETHICS doogie........Akria had also posted a source on that thread ?

      April 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • Science

      Gravity wins Doogie.............splat goes the fairy in the sky

      Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

      Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

      April 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • Science

      Holy Hallucinations 35

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XTCRdC8Dlo&w=640&h=390]

      April 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
    • Science

      Hey doogie.............please follow link below......cool science.............read comments ...............then comment OK......

      Thanks for the help ?

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/29/new-film-examines-science-vs-religion/#comments

      May 1, 2013 at 8:46 am |
  18. Ahappyfarmer

    Just because some things are legal now doesn't mean you should do them. Remember what Paul said in the letter to the Corinthians "All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up. Be wise about what you are doing. If you go a light up then don't do it in front of someone who struggles with it as an addiction. It's between you and God.

    April 28, 2013 at 7:38 am |
    • Science

      Ahappyfarmer..........

      Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

      Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

      Good stuff !

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      Does education work for you ?

      April 28, 2013 at 9:15 am |
    • Selective agreement

      Cannibis is not addictive, it's also a pain killer for people with chronic cancer pain. But your right that legality is not morality.

      April 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • TheObserver

      Well it's a good thing cannabis isn't addictive. And by the way, most of the reason there's such a senseless religion vs common sense discourse on this issue is because of Paul. His letters are some of the worst, most short-sighted, militant doctrine in the entire Bible. If there was one Biblical figure that theologians thought had completely missed the essence of the message of Christ, it would be Paul. The New Testament would be better without his contributions, and so would the world.

      April 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    April 28, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • Science

      Prayer does not...................but evolution does !.....Cap't........

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      Does education work for you ?

      April 28, 2013 at 9:10 am |
    • jboom

      Good question. But its really not such a sealed conclusion. In fact, many leading intellectuals would say that findings in bio-molecular chemistry now puts the evolutionists in the camp that relyies on faith to continue with their belief system.

      "Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the Controversy"
      William A. Dembski

      "The book we've all been waiting for–a down-to-earth and clear explanation of the stunning scientific discoveries which underpin intelligent design theory and its implications, as well as a comprehensive rebuttal of the common objections. This book will excite the layman and provide a valuable starting point for the serious student of the science of origins." (Alastair Noble, Ph.D., chemistry, former BBC Education Officer and Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools for Science, Scotland )

      April 29, 2013 at 12:40 am |
    • redzoa

      @jboom – Actually, those "leading intellectuals" aren't all that leading. If they were, they would actually be publishing their "findings" in peer-reviewed journals supporting their ID hypothesis. But they aren't, because they can't. ID offers no testable hypotheses because its alleged underlying mechanisms are supernatural. Dembski himself conceded that his "design filter' cannot distinguish between actual ID and apparent ID resulting from evolution. As for molecular biology and biochemistry, all of Behe's alleged irreducibly complex systems, i.e. the blood-clotting system, the human immune system, the bacterial flagellum, etc, etc, have been shown to defy his (ever evolving) argument by "definitional fiat." Behe deserves some credit, however, for showing up to the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board trial and allowing himself and his claims to be exposed for the nonsense they are. If memory serves, Dembski and the other Discovery Insti-tute experts chickened out and withdrew upon realizing they would have to actually support their claims under cross-examination. Perhaps you should take a look at the transcripts and the decision in Kitzmiller, both of which are freely available online. ID is not science, is not testable and offers no positive supporting physical evidence. ID is simply a collection of negative arguments of incredulity, largely based in arguments of general and personal ignorance of the underlying science.

      Regarding "faith" in evolution, unlike religious faith which is belief in the absence of evidence, scientists accept the evidence for evolution because it is supported by empirical physical evidence from every relevant scientific discipline, e.g. physics, chemistry, biology (all scales), geology, paleontology, and even astronomy, and it is continually validated in successful predictions and applications. ID/creationism, to be correct, requires that the whole of the scientific enterprise is so unreliable, that it is effectively useless. However, as innovation in fields ranging from agriculture to medicine demonstrate daily, evolution consistently delivers as the foundational theoretical framework of how organisms work, how they interact, and how they came to be in their many forms.

      April 29, 2013 at 1:11 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      April 29, 2013 at 9:19 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      April 29, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • HumanKindForever

      The folks in Oklahoma should have been praying a lot. I am sure the tornado would have went the other way and saved all those precious children's lives. Maybe there was a pot smoker in town and the fairy in the clouds was just trying to make a point.

      May 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
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