- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“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.”

Oh, and about the moral aspects.

“While the majority of Americans think smoking pot should be legal, most still say it’s not okay 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.”

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

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