Evangelical Pat Robertson: Legalize pot

Evangelical preacher Pat Robertson stepped forward yesterday as one of the least likely new advocates of legalizing marijuana.

When an older person you wouldn’t expect to advocate legalizing pot comes out in support, there’s usually some philosophical underpinning to make sense of their position. Ron Paul doesn’t seem like a weed fan, however his strict Libertarian worldview mean that he has to be for legal pot or he’d be a hypocrite.

Pat Robertson may be making the most sense, however, in arguing that it’s just not that big a deal. “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” He said. “If people can go into a liquor store and buy a bottle of alcohol and drink it at home legally, then why do we say that the use of this other substance is somehow criminal?”

Good question, Pat.

He also makes a compelling argument against the war on drugs, saying the “war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.”

Asked how his Evangelical peers might feel about his position, he said “I just want to be on the right side. And I think on this one, I’m on the right side.”

He even cited Biblical evidence that Jesus would agree with him on pot: while saying he doesn’t think weed is specifically mentioned in the Good Book, he said, “I don’t think he was a teetotaler.” Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and a Christian supporter of Robertson, said Jesus “would not condone the imprisoning of people for nonviolent offenses.”

This isn’t to say that Robertson has never used the Bible and come out on the wrong side. In fact some of his “sides” sound downright insane. Like this one:

  • “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
  • Or this one:

  • “A condition like this [homosexuality] will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs; it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor.”
  • Okay there, Pat. We like you best when you’re talking about pot. But if you can convince people who believe stuff like that to start thinking it’s insane to throw people in jail for possessing a small amount of pot, well…God bless.