HAS CRIMINALIZING DRUGS AND PROSTITUTION DONE ANY GOOD?

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Commonly people will advocate to keep prostitution and drugs illegal. There hearts are in the right place. They may have some good reasons for wanting to keep these things illegal. These activities are dangerous and harmful to our health and to the health and well being of others. I fully agree with that sentiment but have often thought why are they dangerous to our health and well being of others.

Clearly drugs are bad for us there is no denying that. As is prostitution with the spread of std’s and other diseases, dirty needles and other such things. But I have often wondered and asked has keeping such activity’s illegal been good or bad for society? Has there truly been a net benefit to banning these substances and the selling of your body for sex?

Well lets start with prostitution. This activity is morally and ethically wrong. There is certainly no dispute about that in anyway. This is an evil and satanic practice and in a ideal world would not be an issue. The fact is that prostitution is already legal in many forms. From strip clubs to magazines and movies many people are already paid for acts of sex, however if you sell it on the streets or the back of a massage parlor you are breaking the law. It seems to me that selling sex is not illegal its only the method and manor in which you sell it that makes it illegal. The problem with this is that because these girls have no safe place to do the work they are doing anyway regardless of the law they are at risk. Countless prostitutes have gone missing, have been abused and killed while working the streets. They have no where to go to work in a safe environment. I understand that many of these women have been forced into it which only helps to contribute to the problem.

As for illegal drugs it seems that having them illegal has not helped anyone. Drugs are still being used and sold on the black market. They go to fund gang and criminal activity without thought for who they may be harming. News reports are filled with gang and drug related homicides and violent crime. Big Pharma has produced many drugs sharing similar chemical concoctions and side effects as cocaine, heroin meth and other drugs, making those drugs not only more deadly in some cases but just as dangerous. We willingly drug our selves with dangerous pharamceuticals without thought for the danger they pose, while at the same time we cringe and run from essentially the same things being sold on the streets. We convince ourselves that because it comes from a drug store it is somehow safer than what you buy on the streets. One is mass produced the other is not. Think about this for a minute, heroine and morphine are both produced from the opium poppy the Same plant. one is produced as recreational drug, one by big pharma as a medcinal drug. Which conicindentally is still used recreationally by some on the black market.  People still get high without regard for what they are doing to themselves or the people they are endangering. It seems to me that our war on drugs has only served to make more dangerous cities and created more criminals. The only difference between the street dealer and the drug company is not the drugs themselves but rather who the seller is. The drugs are essentially the same.

There have been many news stories about meth labs gone bad, houses exploding and people dying and getting hurt. These activity’s put people and families at risk and making them illegal has not protected families but rather put them at further risk due to those producing said drugs will go to greater means and take greater risks to hide there activities.

I certainly don’t support or condone such behavior or use of such drugs. I don’t support the selling of sex or other forms of prostitution. My concern as a christian is that such laws have not protected us from the dangers of such activities but rather have served to increase the danger. They have put families and my children at greater risk by making the behavior riskier all together. How can I protect my children from these issues when I don’t know where it is happening and who might be involved as it is done in secret.

The world we live in refuses to accept the higher law of God and continues down a path of evil. Morals have all but ceased to exist in modern society. When the children of Israel would not accept the higher law of God in the Sinai wilderness God gave them the law of Moses. Christ was questioned about this when asked if marriage is so important why do you allow divorce. His answer was this

“7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a awriting of bdivorcement, and to put her away?

 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the ahardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your bwives: but from the beginning it was not so.”

It was the hardness of the hearts of the people that caused a different law to be given. God’s law did not change, nor did his expectations. The hardness of the hearts of the people continues to get harder. Does keeping such things illegal make sense. While I would not like my children to see the horrors of drug addiction I would feel better knowing where such drug manufacturing was happening so that I can protect them and keep them away from it.

We know that smoking rates have continued on a steady decline over the past several years. The graph below demonstrates this.

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with anti smoking campaigns and strict regulations surrounding advertising smoking rates have dropped dramatically in the last 10 year period ending 2009 and have continued to decline. Could we not apply this same principal to other drugs and prostitution. Instead of keeping drugs illegal, lets educate our children on why they should not be partaking of them. Alcohol and tobacco while not illegal is well known to be harmful, we can use the same principal we used to reduce smoking to work towards elimination of other drugs from our culture.

City’s like Vancouver have already recognized this need by offering safe injection sites for addicts and providing clean needles and drugs. I don’t neccesarily agree with this approach but at least they recognize the need. This has had a impact and reduced harm from these drugs in a postive way.

There are no easy answers. As a culture we cleary are not ready to accept the higher law of God. We must work to educate our children rather than imposes a set of morals across society that is not ready to accept them. These laws seem to me to only benefit the few and harm the majority. While I don’t support the use of drugs or prostitition, rather I wholly condem and opposed such things, even many legal drugs, but like Christ said, maby we should consider suffering our people to legally indulge as they are not willing to accept the higher law. These laws don’t help they hurt and it is through the preaching of the gospel of Christ and helping people to come to the knowledge of the gospel that will turn there hearts to that which is right, Not laws that create more problems than they solve.

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By Andrew McLean Posted in Orginals

A Message To All Boys: Step Up And Become Men

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Providing for our families is vital to God’s plan of happiness. The secular welfare of our families should be of paramount importance to ourselves and is of paramount importance to our children. As parents we are obligated to help each other as equal partners in this task. When we agree to become married and parents we are taking on a responsibility of providing for each other. Sadly many boys (I will call them boys because men take care of there families) fail to provide adequately for there families and leave there wives with the burden of doing so.

A friend of mine has been dealing with this very problem for quite a while now. I give her credit as she has been very patient but she is running out of patients at this point. My heart goes out to her as she struggles to provide for her family while she attends school. She has 5 kids at home and a husband who she is trying to support while attending school and not working. He has had numerous jobs in the 2 years we have known this family and has spent more time unemployed than employed. She is at her wits end. She asked my wife to care for her kids rather than leave them with there dad because she was going down town to apply for assistance with moving out of there home and leaving him. She feels that this is the last option available to her. She cannot continue to support him and their 5 kids on her own with no income aside from school funding. I can only imagine the frustration she must feel and anger she must feel at her current circumstances. There marriage is on a swift decline to being over if it is not there already.

Their situation saddens me but serves to highlight what can happen when boys don’t step up to there responsibility’s and become men. We are under obligation to support our wives and children in every secular way possible that is within our means to do so. The Family and Proclamation to the world has declared

“By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.”

This is a responsibility that must not be taken lightly. The proclamation further warns

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

The warning could not be more clear. We will bring calamities and our own condemnation down upon us for failing to provide for our families. My friend through no fault of her own is now facing and dealing with the consequences of her husbands failure to provide for his family. I have no desire to judge this man. I don’t understand what his trials and struggles are or why he has made the choices he has. I can only see the result of those choices and how they have affected his wife and children.

The Apostle Paul once stated when writing to Timothy “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1st timothy 5:8)

Are we denying the faith? are we truly providing for our own? can we do better to provide for our own?

“Fathers, yours is an eternal calling from which you are never released. Callings in the Church, as important as they are, by their very nature are only for a period of time, and then an appropriate release takes place. But a father’s calling is eternal, and its importance transcends time. It is a calling for both time and eternity.”

President Harold B. Lee truly stated that

“the most important of the Lord’s work that you [fathers] will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home.

What, then, is a father’s specific responsibility within the sacred walls of his home? May I suggest two basic responsibilities of every father in Israel.

First, you have a sacred responsibility to provide for the material needs of your family.

The Lord clearly defined the roles of providing for and rearing a righteous posterity. In the beginning, Adam, not Eve, was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow.

Second, you have a sacred responsibility to provide spiritual leadership in your family.”

Spiritual leadership is vital to the success of the family unit. As a father in the home you are responsible to ensure that your children are being taught in the gospel of Jesus Christ. You must teach them correct principals and help them understand the importance of living a life in tune with the spirit. This is no easy task. As a father of 3 girls I can testify that at times I have had trouble keeping the spirit with me when I have been frustrated or angry with my children.

In a pamphlet published some years ago by the Council of the Twelve, said the following: “Fatherhood is leadership, the most important kind of leadership. It has always been so; it always will be so. Father, with the assistance and counsel and encouragement of your eternal companion, you preside in the home”

But what does preside in the home mean and how do we as men do so. Preside is to watch over and be a leader in your home. You are to guide and direct the affairs of the family with your wife as your council. This is not unrighteous Dominion. This is leadership and must be done with respect and an eye single to the glory of God. Easier said that done. Sometimes we just get stubborn and want our way. We must be able to step back and see the large picture and ask our wives for help in coming to a decision. She must be as much part of the leadership as you.

When boys won’t live up to these responsibilities they are not men but boys. As is the case with my friend whom we only know about because she opened up to us and has asked us for help with her children while she deals with this trial, her husband has failed to live up to the demands and needs of his family.

We only have the one side of the story, I don’t know the whole picture but the results are no less real. Children suffer when parents can’t work together and when boys don’t step up to become men and take care of there families.

It goes beyond that however we also need to ensure that we are teaching our daughters to look for the kind of qualities that make a Man. My oldest is 10 years old and we have had a few conversations as she is starting to think boys are cute and hot and so forth, (she really likes Asa butterfield from Ender’s Game and Zayne from One Direction), we have talked about the importance of dating only young men when the time comes (hopefully not for another 6 years), that hold themselves to the the highest standards, treat her with respect and are willing and preparing to provide for her and her future children. Anything less than that and he is not good enough for her. There are a lot of nice guys out there but it seems more and more there are fewer and fewer men. It is never to early to start teaching our children about the types of people they should be and the type of people they should want to spend the rest of there lives with.

Men lets be an example to our daughters of the type of man we want them to be with when the time comes. And for those who have son’s lets show them the type of man they should be for there current or future wives. God bless

“No success can compensate for failure in the home”

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Yes, of course a business owner should have the right to refuse service to gay people

I thought this one was worth sharing, matt Walsh has a way of writing that just makes sense, I wanted to write about this myself but I was just not sure how to approach it, so enjoy

The Matt Walsh Blog

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We critics of modern society tend to run into a problem very similar to the one you encounter when you go to a bar with 27 different beers on tap.

Sometimes, we just don’t know where to begin.

That’s how I feel when I read about the progressives working themselves into a lather over that religious freedom bill in Arizona. The legislation simply solidifies a business owner’s right to act according to his or her religious beliefs (I say “further solidifies” because the First Amendment already covers this ground pretty thoroughly). “News” outlets like CNN, engaging in blatant editorializing (surprise!), refer to it as “the anti-gay bill,” because part of religious freedom is the right to not participate in activities which you find mortally sinful.

It’s not that business owners want to “refuse service” to gays simply because they’re gay; it’s that some business owners — particularly people who work in the wedding industry…

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By Andrew McLean Posted in Re-blogs