Election day has arrived.
For the past few weeks, conservative, evangelical, and
fundamentalist Christians have been urged from their church pulpits
to vote on election day. Not just to vote for anyone, of course,
but to vote right, vote smart, vote correctly, or vote
biblicallyall meaning vote Republican.
But in some states, it is not just people that these Christians
have been urged to vote for. Conservative, evangelical, and
fundamentalist Christians in North Dakota, Michigan, Utah, Missouri
have also been told to vote on ballot initiatives.
Why especially those states? Many other states have ballot
initiatives. According to Ballotpedia:
Voters in 37 states will decide 155 statewide ballot measures in
The answer is marijuana, the evil weed that, in the minds of
most conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist Christians,
rivals the Democratic Party in its evilness.
Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have already
legalized marijuana for medical use. This means that only the
states of Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,
Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, South
Dakota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and
Wyoming have not legalized medical marijuana.
Recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and the District
of Columbia. These states are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine,
Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Now, on election day, voters in two statesNorth Dakota and
Michiganwill decide on initiatives to legalize recreational
marijuana. Voters in two other statesUtah and Missouriwill decide
on initiatives concerning medical marijuana. Voters in Oklahoma
already approved a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana
back in June.
Conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist Christian pastors
and church leaders are adamant that the
marijuana juggernaut be stopped dead in its tracks.
There are a multitude of reasons why these Christians and their
followers are opposed to people using marijuana. As a theological
and cultural conservative Christian, I would probably agree with
many of them so there is no need to list them here.
But why people should or shouldnt use marijuana is not the
issue. The issue is simply this: In light of all the negative
things about marijuana use, what should the government do when it
comes to marijuana?
The libertarian position on marijuana and any other drug is
straightforward and consistent.