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Monday, June 13, 2005

Churches Promote the Worst Forms of Tyranny

Doug Newman (dougnewman@juno.com) is at it again, taking the church to task for its gutless reaction in the face of tyranny. He writes:

Many church folks will endorse the Court’s decision with all the usual clich├ęs. “Marijuana is bad.” “Marijuana causes harm.” “Marijuana is illegal for a reason.” “There are other ways to relieve pain other than marijuana.” “People who support medical marijuana are just looking for an excuse to get stoned.”
Conservative Christians can be just as politically correct as those secular liberals they say they hate. Their political agenda – totally unattainable – of a drug-free America takes precedence over all other considerations. The Drug War is to these folks what gay rights and racial quotas are to liberals.

They may think they are doing the world a favor, but they are imposing tyranny. Consider the words of the great Christian author C.S. Lewis:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Nobody likes a controlling spouse, a controlling boss or a Little League parent. They always need to "make a project" out of someone else. They always say they are doing it for someone else's "own good". And they always make that person's life a living hell. History is full of overly controlling governments that made whole countries into living hells -- killing millions in some cases -- but insisted they were doing their subjects a favor.

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