June 26, 2007

by Reb Yudel
Raphael Ginsberg asks: Why did Evangelical Christianity launch the Crusade on Drugs?

Noting that

Many of the most onerous and unfortunate federal drug policies... were spearheaded by legislators who are members of small, conservative evangelical congregations.
he asks:
What is the connection between evangelical Christianity and punitive drug policy?... What scriptural evidence do conservative fundamentalist and evangelical Christians utilize to argue that drug use is a sin rather than a health problem? How and why is such scripture interpreted differently by evangelical Christians than liberal Christians? Finally, how do evangelical or fundamentalist faith systems understand punishment to be the appropriate response to drug use?
Good questions. Anyone have any answers?

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