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Pope's view on legalizing drugs: Just say no

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  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    June 25, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    Pope Francis says nothing good will come from legalizing recreational drugs.(like alcohol drugs are ok, because you use them.) Hypocrites...
    My reply...90,000 men, women and children murdered in Mexico alone over drug prohibition. Does this ending sound good to you Pope Francis? Drug laws violate equality between citizen members. All churches should stand for equality under all laws. This is the rules for fair and just democracies. Which We Aren't At This Time....We Will Be Equal Under All Laws

  • slcdenizen Murray, UT
    June 21, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    @gmlewis

    "Those who say yes to illegal drugs eventually destroy their lives and the lives of those they love."

    Very bold claim! Very bold, false claim indeed.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    June 20, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    @slcdenizen: "What's the difference between a person who says yes and a person who says no?"

    Those who say yes to illegal drugs eventually destroy their lives and the lives of those they love. Those who say no to illegal drugs are free to think clearly in all their other deisions.

    What the Pope is speaking is loving and is intended to improve people's lives.

    Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

  • Former Sports Director Ogden, UT
    June 20, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    Who writes the headlines? I didn't see where the Pope said no. He said Yes to a bunch of other things that give options other than drugs.

  • slcdenizen Murray, UT
    June 20, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    @gmlewis

    What's the difference between a person who says yes and a person who says no? Empowered individuals possess a greater capability to say no to negative behavior and if power brokers like the Pope were to spend their vast resources working to empower people rather than set up arbitrary and often counterproductive constraints, we would be much better off. I guess that's the point of religion though, keep people behaving like sheep so there's a demand for shepherds.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    June 20, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    I'm not a Catholic, but glad the Holy Father is taking a stand.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    June 20, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    @Michael Hunt: Actually, the option to say No exists for nearly all illegal activities. If people were really capable of governing themselves, law enforcement would not be necessary.

    I really liked the Pope's statement "... say Yes to life...". This is a very positive reaction to the issue.

  • Michael Hunt Murray, UT
    June 20, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    For being God's representative on earth the Pope seems quite reactionary. If a substance is legalized, the option to say no still exists. Moreover, if a person is set on consuming a particular drug, it's illegality is hardly an obstacle. By taking this stance, the Pope is showing how out of touch he really is with the common person with whom he is trying to ultimately connect.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    June 20, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    Wonder if the man is against alcohol. Seems to me alcohol is a lot more dangerous than marijuana.