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Camel Swallowers

You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Attributed to: 
Jesus (NIV)
Commentary: 

We see this every day in far too many of our leaders (political, govt. officials, corporate, religious, etc…). Like non-human (and inhuman) animals, they want to inspect your urine, take snips of your hair, scrape the tiniest of flecks of residue from a pipe, they cheer the arrest (or death) of this person or that person; at tremendous expense they throw people in wheelchairs in jail for growing a plant what was being used as medicine.

But not just this, there are many more examples of how they are blind guides, rushing to the pit, leading and torturing others to join them. Many more examples of how they strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. The Drug War and prohibition are overrunning with examples that span the gamut. From the rare humorous examples — like when the police spent hours and hours pulling up what they believed to be marijuana plants, but turned out to be a variety of mint — to the far more plentiful examples of malevolence and horrific murderous attitudes and behavior. But even the funny examples are maddening for many reasons.

The blind guides — or as Jesus puts it another way, the blind leading the blind — they cheer, they shout, they scream, “follow us this way to a Drug Free World, a Drug Free America, a Drug Free ______. Bow down to our idols that promise salvation: drug prohibition laws!”

Yes, by their own admission they only stop the trafficking of a startlingly small percentage of drugs which are imported. And instead of allowing us to do the only thing that can work to end the multitudinous ills of prohibition, they condemn it.

They speak about how much they’ve failed and use that as a reason to continue to expand their already enormous budgets; which as we know, will only go towards sustaining top dollar for drugs, thus ensuring lots of people who want to get into the business of dealing drugs, which of course leads to more government corruption, more overdose deaths, more drugs being pushed on teens, and even more drugs which enter the country. As Jack Cole says, “The War on Drugs is not only a failure, but it has become a self-perpetuating, constantly expanding policy disaster.

For the Biblically inclined among us, we recognize Jack's quote as a paraphrase of what Jesus called the yeast of the Pharisees.