Pubdate: Thu, 22 Aug 2002
Source: Athens News, The (OH)
Copyright: 2002, Athens News
Author: Chris Buors


What letter writer Scott Weaver supports has a different name in the 
historical texts (The NEWS, Aug. 15). Drug treatment is more readily 
recognized as forced religious conversion of morals. It is an ancient and 
honorable practice in Christian culture, and it is what Thomas Jefferson 
and the founding father sought to protect Americans from when church and 
state were separated.

Today, moral cleanliness is next to godliness in the eyes of Americans who 
support drug prohibition. This policy of moral hygiene is readily 
comparable to the racial hygiene policy of Nazi Germany.

Americans were appalled when they learned that Soviet Russia was "treating" 
capitalists in psychiatric wards. The Soviet Gulag released dissidents when 
they corrected their behavior to embrace socialism. Same with Mao's 
re-education camps.

The American Gulag is eerily reminiscent of both the Soviets and the 
Chinese. Having to arrest people to treat them is called persecution in the 
history books. Harming people by giving them criminal records in the name 
of helping them with drug problems is about as ugly as it gets. Forced 
religious conversion has always appealed to the believers. What was it 
Jefferson said? "Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women 
and children since the introduction of Christianity have been burnt, 
tortured, fined and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward 

Addiction is the fear preyed upon by prohibitionists. The theory never 
proven. Addictions are eerily similar to voodoo in belief that supernatural 
forces can destroy free will. It is always forgotten that masturbatory 
insanity was the chief psychiatric destroyer of will theory before 
addictions came along. Addictions are stigmatizing terms that are 
culturally conditioned. All drugs are made of chemicals found on the 
periodic table and none has supernatural powers of allurement.

There is another option Americans can try. It worked to solve the Christian 
Crusaders' "Muslim problem." It worked to solve the Spanish Inquisition's 
"Jew witch and Heretic problem," and it is the only time- and 
culture-tested idea that does work. Americans could simply leave drug users 

"Were the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies 
would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic 
was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potato as an article of food. 
Government is just as infallible [sic], too, when it fixes systems in 
physics. Galileo was sent to the Inquisition for affirming that the earth 
was a sphere... It is error alone which needs the support of government. 
Truth can stand by itself." -- Thomas Jefferson

Chris Buors

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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