Pubdate: Wed, 18 May 2011 Source: 100 Mile House Free Press (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 100 Mile House Free Press Contact: http://www.100milefreepress.net/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2143 Author: Richard K. Hode Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n300/a07.html?1435 SPYING ON NEIGHBOURS AKIN TO SPANISH INQUISITION To the editor: Shame on you for urging people to spy on their neighbours (Suspect a marijuana grow-up? On page A18 in the May 11 Free Press). It is far better to put up with a suspected "drug house" in the neighbourhood, especially one whose residents don't bother their neighbours, than to create a community of mistrust, fear, suspicion and hostility. This type of perverse and evil-minded neighbour-spying has a long and dirty history. During the Middle Ages, the police in Spain had a problem identifying Jews who had been forcibly converted to Catholicism but who persisted in practising their Jewish religious customs in secret. This, of course, was a crime. So, the police asked the citizens "for a little help" to root out these evildoers, exactly like in your editorial. Specifically, the police urged the citizens to watch their neighbours' chimneys on Saturdays. No smoke meant the residents weren't cooking on that day and this certainly warranted a visit by the authorities. If it was found the residents were Marranos - convert Jews - it was then presumed they were still practising the Jewish religion that forbids lighting a fire on the Sabbath, and they were all promptly arrested and taken away to meet an unkind fate. I will leave that part to your imagination given this was the Spanish Inquisition. Such is the type of conduct that you encourage. I am sure the Spanish thought of converts who practised Judaism in secret with the same horror and loathing that you display when it comes to drugs. Today the Spanish seem absurd. Tomorrow, you will. Your appeal to people's basest emotions is shameful. Richard K. Hode Los Angeles, CA - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.