Welcome to the inaugural interview conducted by ChristiansAgainstProhibition.org. ChristiansAgainstProhibition.org was fortunate enough to score an interview with one of the better known religious personalities in the effort to legalize and regulate drugs.
Observant readers will notice that each page carries one of his quotes and links to the podcasts and listings of his radio shows. Not only can you listen to them, but the full text transcripts are also online.
Christians Against Prohibition: First, thank you for taking the time to allow me to interview you via email. What religion do you practice being a Reverend? For how long? Was your Dad a Reverend too?
Reverend Dean Becker: I follow the teachings of Christ, but I do not belong to any church, believing that where two or more are gathered in his name. I have been ordained for 3 years now and preach whenever I am invited. Thus far I have preached at 5 or 6 churches in the Houston/Galveston area.
My real father died when I was 4 years old. My step father was a Christian, supporter of Chinese Ministries and more. He spent the last 15 years working in prison ministry, oft times will Bill Glass ministry.
CAP: How long have you been a member of LEAP? How did you hear about them? Were you in radio before you joined LEAP or did you decide that would be something to spread the word after you joined?
RDB: I am one of the first members enlisted just after the organization was founded. I don’t know an official count, but I was among the first dozen or so to sign up. I met Jack Cole, the director of LEAP at a Drug Policy Alliance conference in New Jersey in 2002, we did an interview for my radio show and I signed up on the same day. I have been in broadcasting since October of 2001 and I’ve been interviewing members of LEAP on a regular basis since that day.
CAP: You mentioned you’ve been a policeman. Was that in Texas? For how long?
RDB: I was a security policeman in the Air Force, guarding B52’s with nuclear weapons on board. I stayed in Texas for my 2 years of duty, mostly at Carswell AFB near Ft. Worth.
CAP: You sing on your show. Are you a composer? Musician? What instruments do you play? Any links to your music so your fans can support your music endeavors?
RDB: Thank you for calling it singing. I write lots of “ditties,” silly, outrageous and damned true little songs to point out the outrageous, disastrous and hypocritical drug war’s failings.
I played drums for numerous rock, blues and punk bands. The last one was a pop band named Cultural Baggage, when the band broke up, I owned the name and put it to use as my first radio show name. I produce CD and music videos where folks can hear some of my “music,” check out:
CAP: Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to allow me to interview you.
RDB: You’re welcome.