Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics jumps into Bible, pot debate

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OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) After two commenters posted references to the Bible in response to a story about the effects of marijuana on the brain, a bureau employee engaged them in a theological argument.

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  • Mike

    I hear that line from evangelicals all the time – you can’t cherry-pick scripture.

    I think you have to. There is all kinds of stuff in scripture – the totality from Genesis to Revelation does not form a succinct source of authority because it wasn’t written that way. It actually wasn’t written at all – the books that comprise it were written and compiled together to form a library of books. We abuse it to treat it as one book and we abuse it to treat it in the same manner in which people once treated the Law. That treats the New Covenant as though it were Old Covenant 2.0. It is not.

    We are in the same shoes as the early church, which did not have the canonized Bible we have – they were responsible to walk in the Spirit as things developed as they went along. This doesn’t justify our going outside the orthodoxy they created, as inspired by the Holy Spirit, but we would be amiss to operate in a way that says “open mind, insert book.” They didn’t operate that way and…

  • William Clark

    Please stop promoting the canard that marijuana is a drug. In truth it’s a medicinal herb, evolved in service to human beings for thousands of years.

    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting people to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, break up their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” –John Erlichman

    Prohibition of marijuana is a premise built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In November of 2011 a study at the University of Colorado found that, in the thirteen states that decriminalized…

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