Gordon Klingenschmitt, the supreme moron of the Colorado state legislature, is back on his radio show, now that Colorado’s latest legislative session has ended. His controversial statements have, in the past, angered even some of his fellow Republicans, but he’s one of those religious right-wingers that doesn’t seem to care. He’s upset about Colorado legalizing pot, because the hallucinations it causes are actually invitations for demons to possess users.
First off, even the National Institutes of Health say that pot itself does not cause hallucinations. They do list some undesirable side effects, which can include red eyes and dry mouth, and panic and paranoia. Those last two are more common in first-time users, and people who already have a psychiatric illness.
It doesn’t list hallucinations, though. What it does say is that pot is sometimes cut with other drugs that do cause hallucinations. That’s likely where the myth that people on pot hallucinate comes from. The problem, though, is that spreading that myth in the name of morality is just flat-out stupid and wrong. Klingenschmitt described so-called pot hallucinations this way, according to Right Wing Watch:
“When you begin hallucinating, I’m told, and you begin seeing these images, do you think that’s coming from the spirit of God? No. You’re having apparitions and you are seeing and interacting with and welcoming to rule your heart a demonic spirit of drunkenness. That’s not recreational. It’s evil.”
His biblical evidence for this is 1 Peter 5:8, which talks about being of sober mind. He asks his listeners if they really want to be devoured by the devil, which, obviously, will happen when you smoke pot.
In the past, he’s argued that his god didn’t actually place pot on Earth as one of the herbs cited in Genesis 1:29, but rather, says that the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve ate may have been pot. He said, on that show, that the Bible never actually uses the word “apple,” but it does use “forbidden weed.” So the “weed” that they ate in the Garden of Eden that caused the fall of man could have been pot. Therefore, pot is evil.
The main problem here is not actually what he’s saying, but the fact that he’s condemning people for not sharing his beliefs, which is, sadly, typical of the religious right. If he thinks pot is of the devil, and makes you see evil demons that will then come and take up residence in your heart, fine. He doesn’t have to smoke it or eat it. It’s not his business what other people do, however, and trying to make it his business by preaching a lie is just hypocritical. Isn’t lying a sin, too?
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