- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

“Legalize it? A majority of Christians say no to recreational pot,” reports the Barna Group, an independent research organization that also polled opinions on the moral aspect of weed, its legalization and the burgeoning new lifestyle that is emerging in some states where laws have been relaxed.

“In contrast to the widening cultural mainstream, most practicing Christians oppose legalization. Even mainline Protestants, who often trend more liberal on social issues than their Catholic and non-mainline brethren, are less likely (45 percent) than the national average to say pot should be legal in the U.S.” the Barna poll reports.

“Non-mainline Protestants (32 percent) and Catholics (39 percent) are far less likely to favor legalization than the general American population.”

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Oh, and about the moral aspects.

“While the majority of Americans think smoking pot should be legal, most still say it’s not OK to use it. Less than half of all adults (47 percent) believe it’s morally acceptable to smoke marijuana for recreational use,” the researchers say.

“This is most pronounced among practicing Christians, particularly non-mainline Protestants: Fewer than one in seven (13 percent) say it is acceptable to use marijuana for recreation. Mainline Protestants (40 percent) and Catholics (33 percent) are also less likely than the average to say recreational weed is acceptable.”

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The survey of 1,024 U.S. adults was conducted January 28 to February 5, and released Tuesday.


Yes, fire up Air Force One again. President Obama has tucked a couple of Democratic Party fundraisers into an overnight trip to New York City on Wednesday. Less than a week ago, Mr. Obama was on the West Coast for five fundraisers, but no matter. This time up, he’ll first visit the mighty Tappan Zee Bridge that spans the Hudson River north of Manhattan with first lady Michelle; the bridge itself will be decommissioned in 2016, with a $4 billion replacement planned. Naturally, Mr. Obama is set to deliver a speech on major infrastructure projects that could better the economy — which sounds a little like the old economic stimulus plan of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Then it’s on to a pair of fundraisers: one in a towering hotel in Midtown and the other, full of Manhattan flair, staged in the fabulous two-story, Upper East Side condominium of investment bank heavyweight Blair W. Effron. The grand abode was created from several units, including one that once belonged to manners maven Emily Post. There’s a reception, a dinner and tickets that range from $20,000 to $32,400, all to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. On Thursday, the first couple will attend the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Bill Clinton is also in fundraising mode, right here in the nation’s capital. Following a pair of appearances in Maryland, the former president is in Washington on Wednesday to attend a major financial summit where he’ll share a stage with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rob Portman, among many others. When his time on the dais is through, Mr. Clinton will stay around long enough to raise a little cash for the Center for American Progress in the evening.


“The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expense of the great national parties.”

Theodore Roosevelt, in a message before Congress on Dec. 3, 1907.


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