Christian Televangelist Pat Robertson offers up pro-legalization quote fodder in an interview with the NYTimes:
For his part, Mr. Robertson said he was “not encouraging people to use narcotics in any way, shape or form.” But he said he saw little difference between smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol, a longstanding argument from far more liberal — and libertarian-minded — leaders.
“If people can go into a liquor store and buy a bottle of alcohol and drink it at home legally, then why do we say that the use of this other substance is somehow criminal?” he said.
[…] Mr. Robertson said he enjoyed a glass of wine now and then — “When I was in college, I hit it pretty hard, but that was before Christ.” He added that he did not think marijuana appeared in the Bible, though he noted that “Jesus made water into wine.”
“I don’t think he was a teetotaler,” he said.
And while Mr. Robertson said his earlier hints at support for legalization had led to him being “assailed by those who thought that it was terrible that I had forsaken the straight and narrow,” he added that he was not worried about criticism this time around.
“I just want to be on the right side,” he said. “And I think on this one, I’m on the right side.”
I’m not converting to the 700 Club quite yet (though if he renames it 420 Club he might have a few million new disciples), but back in 2006 I did say this about Robertson when he made some similar noise about the government’s continued undermining of freedoms, “I’m going to start watching The 700 Club just to see if an alien chestburster rips through Robertson’s chest one day and starts quoting Thomas Jefferson.”
Looks like the Jefferson alien theory is on the right side. Mr. Robertson certainly is, for the moment.