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Religious nutter Pat Robertson favors decriminalization of marijuana


pat-robertson-marijuanaOkay, who’s been spiking Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson’s eggnog? During a recent appearance on his traditionally hellfire- and damnation-laden TV program The 700 Club, the religious conservative claimed that the practice of locking up Americans for smoking marijuana “wasn’t the answer.”

“We’re locking up people that have taken a couple puffs of marijuana and next thing you know they’ve got 10 years with mandatory sentences,” Robertson told his likely gobsmacked audience. “We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes and that’s one of ‘em.

“I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kinda thing it’s just, it’s costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That’s not a good thing.”

For the record, this is the same guy who said gay people caused Hurricane Katrina, abortionists caused 9/11, and suggested exploding a nuclear weapon at the State Department would be good for the country. So… WTF? Was Robertson visited by three Christmas spirits a few nights ahead of schedule, and woke up with a desire to make amends for all his previously wicked ways? If so, let’s hope Robertson’s about face doesn’t stop with America’s ridiculous drug prohibition.

Back in 2002, it was revealed that Robertson owned a thoroughbred horse that he regularly entered into races, despite claiming that “the people I see at the track … they’re looking at The Racing Form and are trying to make money betting … I don’t bet on my own horses, and I don’t think anyone else should either.”

Alright, Pat… While we understand that you’ve got a lot of people to whom you need to make amends, we eagerly await your televised admission that you don’t really see any problem with making the odd wager on the ponies. And hey, if you could be puffing on a Cheech & Chong size joint in your hand while you say it, well, that would make this the Best Christmas Ever™. Amen.

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