"One last lesson from the Christians--the ancient, original ones, that is. Theirs is the story of how a steadfast and heroic moral minority undermined the world's greatest empire and eventually came to power. Faced with relentless and spectacular forms of repression, they kept on meeting over their potluck dinners (the origins of later communion rituals), proselytizing and bearing witness wherever they could. For the next four years and well beyond, liberals and progressives will need to emulate these original Christians, who stood against imperial Rome with their bodies, their hearts and their souls." From barbara Ehrenreich in the Nation.
"Now, after the breakdown of the Communist utopia, we may expect the intensification of the mood of hopelessness, going together with rapacious consumerism. In such a predicament, people may turn to religion in the first place because they search for a moral order." by Czeslaw Milosz From NPG.
I'm a supporter of medicalizing marijuana. The first step, of course, is to allow for research. Unfortunately, the state opposes such research to begin with.
I don't think that it should be easily accessible. It should be highly regulated and taxed. This would provide enormous income for the state, free cops from jailing wayward teens, and save the state money from the prison-industrial context. Unfortunately, woman with a brain tumor, seemed to get lost in the moral discourse, which focused on interstate commerce and state's rights. She is suffering. Why should we sent her to jail? Even conservative states support keeping the feds out.
Interesting article on Peter Singer, who Christians must read if they want to understand the intelligent moral opposition. "Mr. Singer's emphasis on consent differentiates him from some current liberals and makes him a critic of judicial imperialism. He of course favors abortion on demand, but agrees with Robert Bork that the question "should have been left to legislatures." He calls Roe vs. Wade "a piece of judicial legislation" and says it's "undemocratic to take major decisions like this out of the hands of people.""