The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
"My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders…"
These [drug prohibition] laws are false gods promising a salvation they cannot produce. …
I am painfully aware that, for many millions of U.S. citizens, the very mention of completely legalizing drugs sounds like a form of blasphemy. That is why I deliberately described current U.S. drug laws as false gods. They are blasphemy.
Yet again we see here how the leaders have set up idols of worship and adoration to force society to worship and that it wasn't just Olde Tyme prophets who could see this. As Reverend Clifton writes,
The United States’ federal, state, county and city governments have spent the last 50 years writing and enacting antidrug laws with increasingly severe punishments for offenders. These laws are false gods promising a salvation they cannot produce. Every year, they demand more adoration from their devotees: more time, more money, more people, more resources. And yet, no matter how punitive the sanctions (including the death penalty itself), the drug-providing business has only escalated; indeed ballooned. This is simple, historical fact.
And like various prophets in the Old Testament, those who worship these idols get darn mad when people refuse to worship them. Like Jeremiah, they are thrown in jail for speaking out. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they face great wrath and are put through very hard testing — and fire — for refusing to worship them.