Christians Against Prohibition is a nondenominational organization and website that welcomes everyone no matter what your perspective on God or the War on Drugs. Here at the website you will find educational materials — from an areligious as well as Christian perspective — as to why the Drug War and Drug Prohibition exacerbates every ill the prohibitionists decry, what can be done about it, and what you can do about it.
Throughout the Old Testament and New Testament there are four recurring themes which show God’s love: healing, freeing captives, feeding others, and shining light. While each of those has literal, physical, and obvious manifestations, it is also important to realize not everything about God is physical, immediately obvious, or only literal.
Christians Against Prohibition is an educational and religiously oriented organization which, although focusing mainly on the Christian community and using primarily Christian and Jewish scriptures, hopes to educate as many people as possible via the Internet, printed publications, and presentations why we must end the Drug War as soon as possible and as intelligently as possible.
We will point towards ideas and organizations which endeavor to provide specific relief as well as guiding principles towards healing the sick, freeing the captives, feeding the hungry, and shining light in the dark.
Yeshua the Messiah / Jesus the Christ, Leader (take your pick)
Our spiritual leader. The Truth. The man who was mercilessly killed, but came back to life. The man who said “let not my will be done, but yours Heavenly Father.” [Luke 22:42] The man taught us to pray, saying to God, “let your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” [Matt 6:9-10] thus showing us we should not shove our wills, or legislate them, on others. The man who taught us to not be self-righteous-thuggish-bullies, but to heal the sick, set the captives free, and shine light in the dark.
Andrew Bairnsfather, Sexton
Drew founded ChristiansAgainstProhibition.org not long after joining Law Enforcement Against Prohibition as an ordinary citizen civilian member. Not long before that he’d come to the conclusion the War on Drugs was a mind boggling misuse of money and lives, spreading death, disease, and corruption; it is draconian, thuggish, Constitution-crushing, budget busting and achieving all the polar opposites of what proponents claim it accomplishes.
After a quick survey of the drug policy reform landscape and not finding one exclusively Christian organization devoted to ending counter-productive prohibitions, he did what he never thought he would do, start an organization with the word “Christian” in the name.
And yes, Drew really was a sexton. He mopped floors, took toys out of toilets, set up for and took down after church events, vacuumed carpets, dealt with central heating issues, adjusted the signage for the upcoming week’s sermon, and lots of other stuff maintenance-men do.
Reverend Dean Becker, Drug Truth Network Producer
Rev. Dean Becker served in the U.S. Air Force as a security policeman and now has over ten years experience in drug policy reform activism. Currently in his ninth year as producer of three internationally syndicated radio shows: Cultural Baggage, Century of Lies, and the 4:20 Drug War News, Reverend Becker is also a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. You can read his bio at LEAP. See the links in the sidebar for audio files and transcripts of past shows.
Matthew F. Fogg, Retired Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
Matthew F. Fogg retired as a Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal with 32 years of public service. He was sworn in by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) as a Deputy US marshal in 1978 and soon became a highly decorated Federal law officer. In 1989 he was cross designated a Supervisory Special Agent and ‘Group Supervisor’ in charge of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) joint drug and gun interdiction - Metropolitan Area Task Force. Later he was promoted to Inspector-In-Charge of the USMS unit for the ‘International Criminal Police Organization’ – (INTERPOL), the world’s largest international police organization, with 188 member countries constituting a “who’s who” of worldwide law enforcement personnel. He received the District of Columbia, U.S. Attorney and Federal Bar Association’s highest law enforcement awards for tracking down over 300 of America’s most-wanted and dangerous fugitives charged with prison escape, murder, rape, child molestation, robbery and illegal narcotic trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. He often provided personal protection for members of the Federal Judiciary, Witness Security Protection, the United Nations (NYC) General Assembly for foreign dignitaries. As a member of the highly trained USMS Special Operations “SWAT” Group (SOG) he received specialized training and certification from Scuba Schools International-Dive Rescue, US Navy - Explosive Ordinance Disposal & Improvised Explosive Device certification, multiple semi & automatic weapons certification, Airborne Paratrooper Jump School and Helicopter Repelling certification. His SOG unit participated in the Atlanta the Federal Penitentiary hostage crisis, the assault on “Ruby Ridge” in Idaho involving the death of his USMS colleague and supervisor by armed militia, supporting the LAPD in the Rodney King riots of Los Angeles, CA, the arrest of armed USMS Top 15 most wanted fugitives, and other nationwide high-profile law enforcement operations. Additionally, Matthew participated in search, rescue, and recovery efforts at the NYC World Trade Centers, Ground Zero on 9/11.
He is nationally known as a Civil Rights law enforcement icon after receiving a 1998, landmark Title VII civil rights verdict in Federal Court for the District of Columbia against his employer, the USMS and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The jury awarded him $4-million and found the USMS was operating as a ‘Racial Hostile Environment’ for all African American deputy U.S. Marshals nationwide. In 2008, he received the NAACP prestigious ‘Barrier Breakers’ award for his valiant stand behind the blue wall of silence inside the mighty U.S. DOJ.
As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) trained USMS collateral duty expert, Matthew voluntarily utilized his skills to win many favorable decisions in U.S. EEO Commission cases by representing other Federal employees who blew-the-whistle on various forms of government discrimination in the United States and Korea. Today, he advocates for the civil rights of many public servants and citizens who are in fear of political retribution and police misconduct. He has provided expert commentary on TV and radio such as; CNN, CBS, C-Span and print media such as; the NY Post, Washington Post, Final Call, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, and other publications.
He is a member of employee watchdog organizations such as Blacks In Government (BIG) - former National 1st VP, Federally Employed Women (FEW) DC Charter Chapter President, FEW - Legal & Education Fund - EEO director, former board member for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), Co-Chair of the NOFEAR Coalition responsible for the passage of the NOFEAR ACT civil rights legislation signed into law by President Bush in 2002. Matthew also participated in an Amnesty International nationwide study indicating more than 32 million Americans had been racially profiled since 9/11.
A national and international speaker, Matthew has provided testimony before the U.S. Congress, state, municipalities and other bipartisan political forums. He has advocated for civilian oversight of law enforcement procedures that involve the War on Drugs, the death penalty, TASERS, the Patriot Act, DNA testing, prison reform, and excessive force in which some claims are classified by AIUSA (Amnesty Inernational) as Human Rights Violations as defined by the United Nations “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” He is an ‘Ambassador for Peace’ for the Universal Peace Federation and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace and he is a speaking member of Law Enforcement of Against Prohibition (LEAP), advocating for harm reduction and significant changes in the failed policies of the U.S. led War on Drugs.
His motto: I only regret that I have but one life to live defending the human rights of others.
Forcibly Retired Pain Doctor
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