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How Evil Hunts Us through Drugs!


Peter Hitchens lays out a case for the enslavement to evil which illegal substances cause us. He is right–society, as a whole pays, and pays dear for the irrational choices and actions of many. Then, there are compounding consequences: robbery, murder, ruined relationships, physical and emotional pain, psychological issues for the drug-taker and for those they impact.

Here is more proof from Peter Hitchens that many get swept up into a drug culture without knowing or understanding why. Evil may present clothed in a nice gray suit, dark tie and white shirt or it may present as porn to in the white power of a dastardly drug. A Hitchens call to sanity. Not the most gracious approach but then again, maybe in his context, that is what is needed for that audience at the moment.


Drugs and Jesus, Can I have both Please?

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9 responses to “How Evil Hunts Us through Drugs!

  1. agnophilo 09/23/2013 at 9:45 pm

    It’s worth mentioning that prohibition is in a sense the cause of every problem associated with drugs other than addiction, since it is what makes people operate outside of the bounds of society to begin with, just like it did when alcohol was outlawed in the US. We had the equivalent of gang bangers killing cops. I would love to get rid of harmful substances but as long as people want to use them someone will fill the demand.

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    • papapound 09/24/2013 at 1:15 am

      Agnophilo, you are entitled to your thoughts.

      My thoughts: There is evil in the world. Evil is real. Evil hunts us. I see evidence of it every day. It is trashing the created order. Evil is pretty much against everything I am for. I believe it is graceful and godly to resist evil and slay it if possible.

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      • agnophilo 09/26/2013 at 6:45 pm

        A+ for sentiment, F for execution. Prohibition invented organized crime, a far greater evil, and we still have bars on every street corner. Since the “war on drugs” started we’ve spent billions to fight drugs and addiction rates are the same as when we started, but meanwhile our prison population is 8 times higher. We are inventing a nation of criminals and then shunning them so that real active crime is the only promising career opportunity they have. Without your holy quest to end drugs we wouldn’t have gang bangers and drug cartels, we’d have a store in the mall selling pot. No guns, no thuggery, no innocent bystanders, no shootouts, no cartels cutting peoples’ heads off with chainsaws as a warning not to mess with them. This is the kind of savagery people resort to when they can’t call the police or sue someone or file an insurance claim when someone robs them, and everyone knows they can’t. It’s just like prostitution, prostitutes have a big bull’s eye on their backs saying “hurt me, I can’t go to the police.” Virtually all of the evils of prostitution are caused by prohibiting it. In places where it’s legal it is taxed and regulated and a) prostitutes make vastly more money, b) they’re much safer, c) STDs are virtually non-existent among prostitutes and d) there isn’t that much more prostitution than there is everywhere else. The only difference is it’s out in the open.

        What do you care about more, puritan values or making a world where fewer people get hurt?

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        • papapound 09/28/2013 at 3:48 pm

          Agnophilo, thank you for expressing your thoughts. I am so glad we live where we are free to express our thoughts. That free expression is an outcome of the man who stood for freedom against what was then a repressive religious system of laws piled up on the truth He had given.

          So you too can thank Jesus, and Jesus’ philosophy for freedom of speech.

          I believe laws are necessary. Are some of the laws we have repressive, yes. However, I don’t believe laws cause STDs. I don’t believe that open prostitution eliminates STDs. I do believe the world is engulfed in slavery to sex. Sexual desire, fed by sex and slave trafficking is causing more pain in boys, girls, and women, perhaps even men, that you or I could allude to here.

          I live on I-20. I-20 is the hottest sex trafficking highway in the world!!! Children are being destroyed around the world because of the sexual desires of preversion. This is evil personified and most cultures just look the other way. Societies are sick and need cleansing. Guns and knives are not the answer.

          Transforming power is the only answer. The only source for that transformation that I have seen is Jesus.

          Name something else if you will, but I have looked hard and long and I have seen no other name and no other source for the transformation that human beings need other then he.

          I end this and am headed to prison to comfort a sexual pervert who illicitly used his three daughters. He is paying through a full 20 years sentence. Wake up! Distorted thoughts and desires get you thrown in the slammer for a long time! Glenn is a witness to that!

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          • papapound 09/29/2013 at 11:16 am

            Agnophilo, you might want to see what these women have to say: https://goodnewsnow.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/sex-trafficking/

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          • agnophilo 09/30/2013 at 5:57 pm

            I don’t recall jesus ever espousing the idea of free speech. And I recall him saying to follow every letter of the old laws and the old prophets until the end of time.

            As for jesus being the only thing that stops sexual perversion the first thing that came to mind when you said that was the catholic church actively enabling and covering up for pedophiles. Maybe some kind of faith can help people to overcome pedophilia but I don’t think this is true as a rule, and some forms of organized religion twist morality to the point where helping child rapists get away with it over and over again is the right course of action.

            I don’t know what the solution to pedophilia is, or if there is one. But I doubt the healing power of faith.

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            • papapound 10/01/2013 at 1:27 am

              Agnophilo, thanks for stopping by. No, Jesus didn’t speak specifically to free speech that I am recalling right now. However, in my mind, at least, I was thinking of the liberation He gives. He liberates our thinking from the things our minds are bound by. My mind needs the continual liberation he offers.

              Per Jesus on the sexual. I am getting closer to his view but I am not there yet. I used to allow fantasy free reign. That is part of the battle.

              I don’t know what is going on with the Catholic Church and their priests. There is no command or rationale that priests take a vow to not marry. I am sure there is something about lust and fantasy in that vow too. So, I come down on the side of the clear teachings and modeling in new and Old Testament. Marriage is the model, not abstaining from marriage. So, I would not hold the Catholic Church up as the model in the sexual arena. Jesus is the model. He provided the guidance. My earlier thought was that if the world followed Him in our views of both men and women, boys, and girls, we would be a much better community and safer place to live. Most people don’t even know what He taught in that area of life. Probably even those priests you referred to don’t know what he taught. So many don’t bother to seek out what he taught.

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              • agnophilo 10/01/2013 at 5:28 pm

                “Agnophilo, thanks for stopping by. No, Jesus didn’t speak specifically to free speech that I am recalling right now. However, in my mind, at least, I was thinking of the liberation He gives. He liberates our thinking from the things our minds are bound by. My mind needs the continual liberation he offers.”

                I’ve never seen christianity as a liberator of minds. In fact I see it as the opposite, indoctrination, threatening kids with hell, promising them heaven and telling desperate people that the only way out is faith in god all put horrible shackles on the mind.

                “Per Jesus on the sexual. I am getting closer to his view but I am not there yet. I used to allow fantasy free reign. That is part of the battle.”

                What view? I assume you mean the not looking at women with lust in your heart. I think that’s a bit like smelling delicious food and not feeling hungry. We can control our actions and curb our feelings, but not stamp them out. People who try usually end up pretending they don’t feel what they do rather than actually getting rid of things like lust. I think this also causes many problems.

                “I don’t know what is going on with the Catholic Church and their priests. There is no command or rationale that priests take a vow to not marry. I am sure there is something about lust and fantasy in that vow too.”

                It’s not that priests are more likely to be pedophiles than non-priests, I don’t know if that is true. It is that the church as a matter of policy enabled them to molest children. That is the scandal.

                “So, I come down on the side of the clear teachings and modeling in new and Old Testament. Marriage is the model, not abstaining from marriage. So, I would not hold the Catholic Church up as the model in the sexual arena.”

                In the bible marriage is a father selling his daughter to her husband. Marriage is a woman being forced to wed her rapist on fear of being stoned to death. Marriage is often polygamous in the bible. And women’s promises are invalid because her husband can revoke them, women are treated as second and lesser than men in every regard. This is why women got to vote decades after slaves did in the US, people used to actually follow all of the bible, not just the parts they liked.

                “Jesus is the model. He provided the guidance.”

                You say the biblical model is marriage not abstaining from marriage, but then say jesus, who never married, is the model.

                “My earlier thought was that if the world followed Him in our views of both men and women, boys, and girls, we would be a much better community and safer place to live. Most people don’t even know what He taught in that area of life. Probably even those priests you referred to don’t know what he taught. So many don’t bother to seek out what he taught.”

                Most children who are molested or abducted are done so by their parents or close relatives. Abstinence may contribute to sexual deviancy but we would still have it without abstinence. Unfortunately it is a complex problem. Many pedophiles have developmental problems which may have medical or psychological causes.

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                • papapound 10/04/2013 at 12:28 am

                  Hello agnophilo, how is your day? Thanks for the response.

                  I won’t respond to most things here. I will speak to Jesus and what he modeled. First he model the the Jewish religious hierarchy how to treat women. He had close women associates and treated them divinely.

                  He guided us on how to treat women, men, and children.

                  Jesus represents an orbital shift in the way that God deals with man. Men spend a lifetime attempting to come to understand all the glory, majesty and complexity of the One God.

                  Jesus is the way to begin. The best approach is to read the Gospels in the New Testament. The best Gospel is John. The history following Jesus’ earthly life and history preceding Jesus’ earthly life is best explained by understand who Jesus actually was and what He taught and why.

                  I’d say start there to really get an understand of some of the things you are interested in.

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