In my recent post Marijuana Prohibition Is A Crime Against Humanity the subject of Holy Anointing Oil came up in the comments and I did an addition to the post to reflect that.

Commenter Randy left a comment which got me to thinking about something I saw at Reason Magazine in the Arkansas section of the post (a discussion of legalization prospects state by state). Reason says:

Last fall, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention passed a resolution urging pastors to oppose medical marijuana from the pulpit, calling legalization “poor policy” that is “based on bad science.”

Well that is pretty ridiculous on its face. As if a cure for cancer was bad science. Evidently they are unaware of the body’s endocannabinoid system, ceramide, and apoptosis among other things. Well ignorance is no crime.

But get this from the Associated Baptist Press:

Arkansas Baptists, meanwhile, termed efforts to legalize medical marijuana as “an important moral issue” and urged churches in bulletin inserts and sermons to oppose it.

I’m going to have to repeat something I said in a previous post. The context is different but it still fits, “That would make all these Christians working against cannabis… Well I was going to say “spawn of the devil” but I can’t decide if that is too unkind or not unkind enough.”

Now compare that with The Jews Behind Ending Marijuana Prohibition. And what do the Jews say, chronicled repeatedly in that post? Healing the sick is the highest priority. Even if it means breaking the laws.

And it is not just Arkansas Baptists. Here is something I did in my post Another Move (slightly edited):

I recently read in ABP (Associated Baptist Press) News that the SBC leader opposes medical marijuana.

The Southern Baptist Convention’s top public-policy expert says any therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana are outweighed by costs to society that disproportionately burden the poor.

Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in a Jan. 23 podcast that he sees nothing immoral about the medical use of mind-altering drugs like morphine by people who are seriously ill, but he believes the real motive behind the push for legalization of pot is money.

“I think as Christians we need to recognize what’s happening here,” Moore said. “There is an industry — just as big tobacco was an industry that had a cheap product that was able to hook people in — we have the same sort of industry involved here with marijuana.”

I do agree with him on one point. Jailing people for marijuana offenses IS done disproportionately to the poor. And of those poor, Blacks are even more disproportionately targeted. And the answer to that is to deny medicine to the sick?

It seems as if a number of our Christian brethren have seriously lost their way.