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PAT ROBERTSON SPENDS CHRISTMAS DAY WITH FAMILY AND A SPLIFF
December 25 2010
Virginia Beach, VA – People exploring and espousing religious beliefs have long held great sway over the populace. Whether it was proselytizers in the streets of Jerusalem or Popes speaking to millions, the voice of the religious has always been a
strong and forceful one. Even in today’s relatively enlightened world where science has taken more and more of the spotlight, religion still holds a great deal of sway and power over the masses. For more than thirty years there has been no religious voice more powerful than that of Pat Robertson.
With millions of followers and a real political voice in the country, Robertson has gained as much power and influence as a private person could hope to enjoy. Though mainstream audiences have certainly never embraced him in the same way as, say, Will Smith, his influence remains powerful, widespread and very influential. That standing has made Robertson a lightning rod for both critics and for supporters, both of whom seem to be a little confused by his most recent statement that seemingly supports the legalization of marijuana. Long a political hot potato, Marijuana is something many religious leaders have steered clear of until now with the most vociferous support yet. While his statement could be dismissed as yet another rant by a man known for creating controversy, reports indicate that he is indeed practicing what he preaches by kicking back with his family on Christmas day and taking back a spliff.
“We're locking up people that take a couple of puffs of marijuana and the next thing they know they've got 10 years. They've got mandatory sentences and these judges just ... throw up their hands and say there's nothing we can do,” Robertson said in a statement on Wednesday. “We've got to take a look at what we're considering crimes and that's one of them. 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 and that kind of thing, it's costing us a fortune and it's ruining young people.”
In what may add further fuel to the fire, Robertson’s weed of choice is reportedly Kush which comes from the war torn, Muslim dominated Afghanistan.
“Obviously the legalization of marijuana has become a potent issue in recent years with many states exploring legalization and even the federal government getting in on the debate. I think this is going to be a major issue for a number of years and Pat Robertson will likely not be able to influence the outcome one way or the other, at least not in the short term,” said Scrape TV Legal analyst Gabe Hawthorne. “However, he has a great deal of influence over his followers and if he can convince a good number of them to support marijuana and even start smoking themselves that will help create momentum and a ground swell of support that could eventually turn the tide.”
It’s not clear who Robertson buys from or how long he has been smoking.
“If nothing else this shows the changing face of the argument. Even if Robertson’s support does absolutely nothing to end the argument it shows that attitudes across all sectors are changing and that is a good thing for the long term argument,” continued Hawthorne. “Robertson’s support may just be a symptom but I think with his level of influence he could very well change the nature of the argument forever. As it has always been, the religious voice is strong one and it still holds sway.”
Robertson also reportedly received a special bong for Christmas.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent