Pastors from around the nation are speaking out about the “war on drugs” according to The Huffington Post. They are specifically addressing the toll that it has taken on the African American community.
During a conference call dubbed “View from the Pulpit: Faith Leaders and Drug Decriminalization,” that was held at American Baptist College in Nashville, religious leaders spoke out about the harmful effects that the drug war has had versus if people are right or wrong for drug possession or use.
A press release was sent out to remind people that African-Americans comprise only 13 percent of the U.S. population and 13 percent of drug users. Yet, they make up 38 percent of those arrested for drug law violations and 59 percent of those convicted of drug law violations. Which adds to the problem of mass incarceration in the nation.
The Rev. John Jackson of Gary, IN who represents Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary, had this to say of the situation,
“I have had several people share with me privately, ‘Reverend, I smoke weed and I know I shouldn’t.’ I say, ‘Let me stop you right there. I don’t believe the God we serve is that small or petty to be concerned about you smoking weed. I don’t think God cares about that.’ I let them know that our God is too big to be concerned about somebody smoking a joint.”
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Even Pat Robertson has spoken out against the policies in the last year saying,
“I just think it’s shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hardcore criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of controlled substance. The whole thing is crazy.”
The conference was sponsored by The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, American Baptist College and The Drug Policy Center.
Wow, we are very sure that this conversation is going to continue, hopefully in a meaningful way.
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