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

Survey: Young Christians want marijuana legalized

By Dan Merica, CNN
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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

soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. Starring Me

    Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?

    Question to ask before you smoke pot.

    April 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • Science

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


      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 !

      April 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Poltergiest

      In his defense, you aren't supposed to smoke it to get that effect. You're supposed to make brownies.

      April 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • sam stone

      Is that why our bodies are loaded with cannabinoid receptors?

      April 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  2. Science

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life


    April 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • faith

      i miss el akira, observer, no-religion, tommi the idiot, sam the sham dork, russ, all u can eat, jonathan dunwrap, etc. etc

      April 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Akira

      (Waves at faith) Hi!

      April 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
  3. Bo

    I know the bible does mention 'drunkeness'. But having been drunk, and having been high, I DEFINITELY do not equate them as being the same thing. As a Christian, I've got no problem with someone getting high. God put marijuana here for a reason. Seeing as how it does offer the same stress relieving qualities that people look for in alcohol or tobacco, but without the health issues associated with them, perhaps he put it here to help us stay away from those other, more dangerous, manmade products.

    April 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • CAN

      Without health issues? Boy are you clueless. It alters your frontal lobe, it is not the benign drug you pretend it is doof

      April 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • Science

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


      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 !

      April 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • CAN

      Who funded the study the 4/20 industry in Coloradomtry again doofus

      April 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • .

      Hey CAN, want to cite the link that shows the study of the frontal lobe damage, or are you just going to call people juvenile names?

      April 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • The real Tom

      I don't know why CAN would be worried. It obviously never HAD a functional frontal lobe.

      April 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  4. Bo

    Both of you, atheist, christian, whatever, are completely off topic. It's clear you two have the hots for each other. Go find a place to neck and leave this area for the people who want to discuss the topic at hand.

    April 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • .


      April 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • fallacy spotter

      "Atheist" is "A theist" without a space. They are both reading the same book, and asking the same questions.

      April 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  5. freedom guy

    Keep your religion out of my life hypocrites.

    April 27, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • Dude

      Shush, be nice to them or they won't share their pot.

      April 28, 2013 at 6:57 am |
  6. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Education changes things.

    April 27, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • Science

      AGREE !

      April 27, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • Chad

      "education changes things"


      Scientific evidence for the God of Israel
      Fossil Record.
      From the late 1800's thru 1972 the notion of "Darwinian gradualism" held the world captive. The notion that purely random mutation preserved in the population by natural selection would produce a gradual change, which over time would create the complexity of life we now observe (phyletic gradualism).
      Then, in 1972 the publication of "Punctuated equilibria: an alternative to phyletic gradualism" by Stephen Gould (atheist) finally forced the scientific world to accept the reality that the fossil record does not show the gradual change over time that Darwin proposed.

      Instead, what the community was forced to acknowledge, is that the fossil record reflects stasis and rapid change.
      This supports the theistic evolutionist claim that God used natural processes to develop life on this earth, as pure chance can never explain the grand paroxysm of necessarily interrelated mutations that are required to occur to accomplish this rapid change.

      Origins of the universe
      For most of scientific history, the universe was thought to have always existed, directly refuting the theistic claim that the universe had a beginning, and a creator.

      Then, a series of discoveries resulted in a complete transformation of thought, we now know that our universe has not always existed, rather it had a beginning, confirming the theistic claim:
      – 1929: Edwin Hubble discovers red shift (the stars and planets are all moving away from each other. The universe is expanding in all directions)
      – 1965: discovery of microwave cosmic background radiation (the echo's of the big bang)
      – 1998, two independent research groups studying distant supernovae were astonished to discover, against all expectations, that the current expansion of the universe is accelerating (Reiss 1998, Perlmutter 1999).
      – 2003: Borde, Guth, and Vilenkin's Past-Finite Universe proves our universe had a beginning

      Fine Tuning of the universe
      In the past 30 or 40 years, scientists have been astonished to find that the initial conditions of our universe were fine-tuned for the existence of building blocks of life. Constants such as gravitational constant have been found, the variation of which to even the smallest degree, would have rendered the universe utterly incapable of supporting life.

      "There is now broad agreement among physicists and cosmologists that the Universe is in several respects ‘fine-tuned' for life". However, he continues, "the conclusion is not so much that the Universe is fine-tuned for life; rather it is fine-tuned for the building blocks and environments that life requires." - Paul Davies

      "The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the mas ses of the proton and the electron. ... The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life - Stephen Hawking

      “As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.” - Professor Freeman J. Dyson of the Insti tute for Advanced Study in Princeton

      ”The big bang appeared to be a very peculiar kind of explosion. Just imagine a pin balancing on its point. Nudge it slightly in any direction and it will fall. So it is with the big bang. A large universe sprinkled with galaxies, like the one we see around us, is produced only if the power of the primoridial blast is fine tuned with incredible precision. A tiny deviation from the required power results in a cosmological disaster, such as the fireball collapsing under its own weight or the universe being nearly empty” – Alexander Vilenkin

      Now, neither Davies or Hawking is a believer in God. They both believe in fine tuning, they just posit natural reasons for it.

      Evidence from human experience
      – Objective morality exists
      – Free will exists (it doesn’t in the atheist/naturalist/determinist view – http://atheistscholar.org/Determinism.aspx )

      How can an atheist actually believe in free will? If there is nothing else operating other than the material universe, free will is an illusion.

      April 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • Science

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life


      Go pound sand troll/chad twisting with rachael Aye !

      April 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Science

      By the way fred ...........gold is fun !.............so are stony iron meteorites ! with green sh-it in them !

      Where Does All Earth's Gold Come From? Precious Metals the Result of Meteorite Bombardment, Rock Analysis Finds

      Sep. 9, 2011 — Ultra high precision analyses of some of the oldest rock samples on Earth by researchers at the University of Bristol provides clear evidence that the planet's accessible reserves of precious metals are the result of a bombardment of meteorites more than 200 million years after Earth was formed.


      go pound some stones I have !

      April 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • Science

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


      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 !

      April 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Science

      By the way chad/rachael are trolling away aye .

      April 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • redzoa

      "Instead, what the community was forced to acknowledge, is that the fossil record reflects stasis and rapid change.
      This supports the theistic evolutionist claim that God used natural processes to develop life on this earth, as pure chance can never explain the grand paroxysm of necessarily interrelated mutations that are required to occur to accomplish this rapid change."

      Punctuated Equilibrium is a species-level observation. The "rapid change" takes place over tens of thousands of years. The difference between a parental and daughter species is the smallest distinguishable taxonomic difference (excepting sub-species differences); it most certainly does not require significant genetic or morphological change, i.e. the "grand paroxysm" is a figment of Chad's ignorance of taxonomy, and organismal and molecular biology. This has been explained to Chad dozens of times. He is either hopelessly ignorant or hopelessly disingenuous. Based on the repeated posting of this and other well-refuted claims, I sincerely believe it's the latter.

      Because Chad knowingly misrepresents, he simply has no credibility, be it with respect to science, law, or by logical extension, his proffered interpretations of scripture. In continually lying, Chad is a traitor to the faith he claims to support.

      April 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • Akira

      Ah, Chad's free will schtick again. These words sum it up for me perfectly, from the song "Free Will" by Rush:

      "You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
      If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
      You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
      I will choose a path that's clear-
      I will choose Free Will."

      April 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Yep, can you believe Chad's still writing this stuff well after he's had it explained a few hundred times:

      Chad: "How can an atheist actually believe in free will? If there is nothing else operating other than the material universe, free will is an illusion."

      Time to repeat again for any innocent newcomer who might mistakenly consider debating this loon the list of nutty things he has argued and demonstrated:

      *** Gospel of Chad ***

      (Updated list derived from history of Chad conversations.)

      1. All atheists agree with everything Stephen Hawking or Richard Dawkins say, even if it is unrelated to atheism. Hawking and Dawkins disagree on free will, however, but you should ignore this conflict or any atheist who says they disagree.
      2. All atheists agree with one another on everything even if it has nothing to do with atheism. See #1 for models from which you can derive all their beliefs.
      3. The definition of atheist includes anything that any atheist I disagree with believes or anything I feel like tossing in there. Ignore any definitions in pesky places like dictionaries and philosophical encyclopedias.
      4. If one atheist somewhere on the internet said something, then, since all atheists agree with him/her, I can use that randomly selected example as an argument to address all other atheists.
      5. The definition of atheism includes not just materialism but strict deterministic materialism. Non-believers who might be Buddhists, believe in probabilistic physics, see consciousness as prior to the physical world, believe in, say, witchcraft aren’t really atheists.
      6. No atheist has ever read the bible. I mean, obviously, they’d be Christians if they had, right? OK, so a few have proven to me – OK, multiple times – that they have read the bible. See #11 (just lie).
      Free will:
      7. All people who use the term “free will” really mean the same exact thing by that term, which matches my personal use of the term “free will” (unless backed into a corner, then I just declare all other meanings irrelevant)
      8. Fatalism and determinism are the same thing. It has been pointed out to me that historically these terms have been used with different meanings, but I find it more convenient to make up my own definitions, as with atheism and free will.

      In fact, I brilliantly argued “If a person is a determinist, how in the world does deterrence even come into the picture? Determinists believe in an ever marching set of deterministic outcomes based on an existing set of antecedent conditions. Those conditions march back to the origin of the universe, no way to change the past, so no way to change the future. (On April 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm)

      After reading a bit more about fatalism and determinism I decided to change my tune to a claim that determinism leads to fatalism (and to pretend this was what I was saying all along). I’m sticking to reading easy pop philosophers, though, and selective websites on the topic as anything more complex makes my head hurt. I have read snippets from a couple of websites now so that ought to put me on par with people who’ve read dozens of books on the topic, understand neurobiology and have written on both the philosophical and cultural aspects of free will and people’s belief in the topic. Oh, yeah, I know what I’m talking about!

      9. A determinist cannot believe that humans can change. This would, of course, mean that nothing can change. Which would mean…oh…crud…better put my head back up my ass.
      10. A determinist cannot believe in punishing people for crimes. This is because…well…it doesn’t matter. Just keep repeating it.

      Telling lies:
      11. It is ethical to lie so long as it promotes Christian beliefs.
      12. Speaking of telling lies, a really good way to do this is to rephrase what your opponent says and then keep repeating the misquote in hopes that he or she will get bored and leave your lie as the last statement. Then you win. You can do this either by rewording as a supposed paraphrase or pulling lines out of context and reordering them. God really loves this and gives you extra endurance to sit at the computer all day and keep repeating it.
      13. One way to use this super endurance to your advantage is to keep posting the same questions over and over again even after they’ve been answered 50 times. Just pretend they haven’t been answered and act self-righteous about it. It’s really cool if you can ask this same thing on multiple threads and then claim it was never answered forcing people to waste time on the same thing over and over and over.
      14. In particular don’t forget that whatever someone says you can respond with “What investigation have you done into…”. Especially good is to ask what investigation was done into the truth of the God of Israel. When the non-Christian comes back to ask how much research you did to prove other gods aren’t real answer “I don’t need to do any because I proved the God of Israel is real and that negates all other gods”. When asked how you proved that repeat the words “empty tomb” over and over until divine light shines on the souls of the heathens.
      15. When they refuse to play your game or you don’t like the answer add some sarcasm, but use an emoticon to soften it so they’ll know your snide remarks are all in good fun.
      16. Consider asking completely nonsensical questions that can’t even be understood, let alone answered. Best yet include something the person didn’t say as a premise. For example, you might ask an atheist opponent “You say you like murdering small children on Wednesdays, could you explain how this fits with your beliefs about string theory?” Then when your question is ignored accuse the person of avoidance and make up wild hypotheses as to why they are avoiding you.
      17. Above all else keep asking questions while avoiding answering any yourself.

      Science, math and psychology:
      18. If one scientist says something that backs me, then I can assume all scientists agree with that statement.
      19. If atheist scientists say something, even if it is the view of the majority of people in that science, it should be ignored. See #11.
      20. Atheists are ruled by confirmation bias. I am free of it – it’s just great luck that everything I read and all the “data” around me confirm my strong religious convictions. See #19 on ignoring anything else.
      21. Infinity = all finite numbers according to the Chad. Thirty or forty years of constraint is the same as eternal torment.
      22. Rehabilitation and deterrence are the same thing. Yep…convincing a drug addict not to use drugs in case they are shot dead and getting them off the addiction would be the same by my wondrous Chad logic.

      General truths about the CNN belief blog:
      23. All non-believers are, by definition, idiots so you can use illogical arguments and they’ll just fall for it.
      24. If I post a quote that has a few key words in it from our discussion I can claim it backs my point even if it actually says the exact opposite thing from what I’m claiming. Atheists, as mentioned above, are too dumb to notice. Best yet is to post a link or reference a book which actually says the opposite of what I’m saying and just assume no one will look at it.
      25. There is a huge mass of fence sitters out there who are eagerly reading CNN blog comments in order to decide whether or not to believe in God.
      26. I will personally save all those mentioned in # 25 because I, Chad, am super smart. I know this because I get away with all the above mentioned lies and manipulations. Sometimes people think they are pointing these things out but they really aren’t. Or the stupid atheist masses aren’t reading them anyway.
      27. Phrase everything as if it’s a lecture so you look like you know what you’re talking about. See #23 about atheists being idiots and #24 about people not reading anything you post you’ll see that the silly atheists will fall for it every time. In particular they won’t look back to the earlier part of the discussion to see how I’m contradicting myself. This is very well aided by another tactic:
      28. As soon as you make an ass of yourself break the conversation into a new thread. That way all the newcomers (see #25 on how they are waiting to have their souls saved) will not bother to read back and see how ignorant you are.
      29. If someone points out to you that citing Wikipedia is not an adequate source for the discussion at hand you can always find a good undergraduate philosophy paper to cite instead.
      30. Never question another Christian no matter how incorrect or offensive their position.
      31. Just remember that you can define a term any way you want and you are always right!

      April 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • Akira

      Saraswati, this cracks me up every time I read it.

      I realize that after reading people debate Chad 9,462 times on the same topics, to no avail, a handy reader's guide to Chad Debating had to be written...well done!

      April 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Trance


    April 27, 2013 at 4:58 am |
  8. Kevin Hunt

    God gave the thumbs-up to all plants in Genesis 1:29.

    April 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
    • Ben

      And Moses inhaled! 🙂

      April 27, 2013 at 12:36 am |
  9. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    April 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  10. Trance


    April 26, 2013 at 5:49 am |
  11. Bootyfunk

    wow, even christians think pot should be legal! who cares? lol.

    christians use a drug called alcohol in their religious rites all the time. yep, sorry, but alcohol is a drug. getting high on alcohol is called being "drunk". in fact, jesus turned water into wine, which really makes him a drug manufacturer. he then gave it out to all his friends, which makes him a drug dealer. christians like to pretend their drinking blood instead of taking drugs. guess it makes them feel better about it...?

    April 26, 2013 at 4:28 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      All they see is the word illegal...no further research needed.

      April 26, 2013 at 4:50 am |
    • Austin

      wine in Jesus' day was one fifteenth as strong. wine was water with a scoop of "jam" , fermented substance , that made the microbial water drinkable compared to plain water that would make you sick.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:38 am |
    • sam stone

      they are also likey to disagree with magic mushroom use, even though some in religious ceremonies believe they are consuming the flesh of the gods. others do it becaus 'shroms are a very pleasant high

      April 26, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Wow,"Bootyfunk".Every time you spew your ill-informed views on your version of what you think Christianity is,you sound more and more ignorant and asinine! Get off the web and open a book,why don't you!

      April 26, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Reality

      Obviously, alcohol is a dangerous drug but did the historic Jesus really change water into wine containing said dangerous drug or even water into gra-pe juice? Many contemporary NT scholars, after exhaustive studies, have concluded he did not.

      An example:

      John P. Meier, Professor of Religion/Theology at Notre Dame

      "Meier discusses this episode at some length [Marginal Jew II,934-50], before concluding:

      In sum, when one adds these historical difficulties to the ma-ssive amount of Johannine literary and theological traits permeating the whole story, it is difficult to identify any "historical kernel" or "core event" that might have a claim to go back to the historical Jesus. Put another way: if we subtract from the eleven verses of the first Cana miracle every element that is likely to have come from the creative mind of John or his Johannine "school" and every element that raises historical problems, the entire perico-pe vanishes before our eyes. Many critics would as-sign the origin of the story to the Johannine "school" or "circle" lying behind the Gospel. I prefer the view that the story is a creation of the Evangelist himself, using a number of traditional themes. (p. 949)

      See added discussion at http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb349.html

      April 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  12. lionlylamb

    Colin wrote on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm stating, “Can you imagine how future generations will look back on 21st Century US society? We have put a man on the moon, unraveled the secrets of sub-atomic particles and DNA, scanned the outher most edges of the Universe and live a level of comtort and security only dreamed of in centuries past – and yet, we still believe in Greco-Roman Jewish sky-fairies. Unbelievable!!”

    “outher” for outer? “comtort” for comfort?

    We put folks on the moon but it was in the twentieth century not the 21st. We have yet to fully unravel the secrets of the atomic cosmos. Perhaps the end of this century we will have unraveled 2% of sub-atomic particles natures. Our “scanning” the outer most reaches of the ‘universe’ will never happen! Too vast is the cosmos for us to ever see the wholeness of the cosmos! Think ‘fractal cosmology’!

    As for the rest of your banter,,,,,,,,, Cheap Shots!

    April 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • Ed

      At your cheap shots, we banter.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • HuhHuh

      At your cheap top-post shots, we banter.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • Henry

      Say WHAT??

      April 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
  13. fred

    Let's trade: Legalize pot, and criminalize Christianity.

    Since the latter calls for so much violence anyway via the bible, maybe the Christians can just be declared a criminal organization already.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • Jonathan

      I say, bring it on. Christians thrive under pressure. Making our lives harder will only end up backfiring on you as our ranks swell.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Well now

      Mr. Phelps from Westboro has converted to atheism...splendid. Welcome Fred, welcome. I think you'll like it here.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  14. Colin

    I feel sorry for young Christians. Imagine having your entire life ahead of you and being fated to spend it believing in some Greco-Roman superst.itious hogwash. We atheists need to do whatever we can to help these kids escape the nonsense their parents taught them. Any religion is like child abuse. They learned it from their parents an, unless we help them break free of it, they will teach it to their children.

    April 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Hey,"Colin",in the Land of the Free what I teach my child is none of your business,so dial it back a notch,O.K.? But as far what you said goes,right back at ya!!

      April 26, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • Science

      Surprising New Function for Small RNAs in Evolution.........facts work well when teaching children.

      Apr. 19, 2013 — An international research team in including Christian Schlötterer and Alistair McGregor of the Vetmeduni Vienna has discovered a completely new mechanism by which evolution can change the appearance of an organism. The researchers found that the number of hairs on flies' legs varies according to the level of activity of a so-called microRNA.


      April 26, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  15. STFU

    aren't these churchgoer kids supposed to be clean?

    April 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • fred

      I'd say given what the bible asks them to do, Christian followers would be pretty filthy dirty. Blood spattered from their violent crimes, actually.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • Akira

      STFU: I know, right? It seems they picked the scruffiest looking guy on the face of the earth to portray the average pot-smoker.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Didn't you read the Hipster Jesus story? These are probably the target audience for that ad.

      April 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • Akira

      I wonder if Hipster Jesus sports a soul patch?

      April 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  16. WWJD?

    What would Jesus drag?

    April 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
  17. Wendy

    To look at this another way, it's sad that they found any young Christians at all to survey.

    Maybe some future generation will be advanced enough and be smart enough to have dumped religion entirely.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • We can but hope...


      April 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm |

      and will follow consti tuion of truth absolute, based on truth absolute GOD.

      April 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Colin

      Can you imagine how future generations will look back on 21st Century US society? We have put a man on the moon, unraveled the secrets of sub-atomic particles and DNA, scanned the outher most edges of the Universe and live a level of comtort and security only dreamed of in centuries past – and yet, we still believe in Greco-Roman Jewish sky-fairies. Unbelievable!!

      April 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
  18. lionlylamb

    Maybe when many 'now' illegal substances become legalized here in the U.S.A. the prisons here would then only be for 'real' criminals and not for those who take such substances for recreational pleasure within many social cultures as is now the case. Free all prisoners being found guilty of any and all recreational substance uses!

    If the veils of social and individual paranoia around 'recreational substance use' would become lifted we could raise cultural mindedness to new heights. As it is now, our society is culturally and morally divided by our nation's so called 'war' on drugs. All the upheavals within the many socialisms and cultures that such a war wages, ensnares sadness upon a nation's people and will have no goodness to be had against recreational substance use!

    April 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • .

      LL is the belief blog pseudo intellect don't bother trying to read their posts just chuckle and move on.

      April 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • G to the T

      Actually, I find LL's take on this refreshingly clear headed. I'm just a bit gobsmacked that we actually agree on something! 🙂

      April 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Jesus freaker

    Young Christians aren't the only ones that want it legalized. They have Pat Robertson backing them up.


    April 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • Saraswati

      A lot of the drive for liberalizing marijuana laws is coming from the older generations. A couple of years ago there were even some persuasive studies out linking smoking marijuana to lower rates of Alzheimer's – who wouldn't be jumping on that bandwagon? Unfortunately recent research isn't really backing up that data too well.

      April 25, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  20. Young Christians?

    I'm in my forties but remember our parents? Hippie Jesus freaks, sandals, insence, swamis and the Beatles? It's not new it's just "back".

    April 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Jesus freaker

      Some of our youth are actually thinking and are realizing that marijuana is necessary for the Buble to make sense and to be acceptable.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • Young Christians?

      I bet you've never had sprouts on whole grain.

      April 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Yeah, the whole sixties/seventies folk music and sandals in church thing is something people under 40 probably don't really remember.

      April 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
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