There is a growing libertarian tendency in the Red States as it regards mind-altering drugs. Many have legalized marijuana in some form, and now Missouri and Oklahoma are considering legalizing psychedelic mushrooms. This is the kind of thing we expect from amoral Leftists (some of whose States and cities have already decriminalized dangerous substances like these), but it is difficult to harmonize with any kind of conservative/traditional ethos that the Red States say they support.
The damage to the human body and mind is appalling enough, as reports from legalized drug utopias like Oregon, that resemble something of a cross between a zombie apocalypse and a mafia documentary, reveal:
But there is a deeper danger lurking here, a danger for the human soul, as these psychedelic drugs open the door for demonic influences to enter the lives of individuals and society as a whole:
There is no good reason to decriminalize drugs that affect human beings in these ways. All the Southern States, the Great Plains States, and all the other Red States and counties need to firmly close the door on these legalizations.
Do we want to be the Garden of the Holy Spirit or the playground of demons? Sometimes the choice really is that simple.
But will State and local government officials do what is in the best interest of their people? Will they show solidarity with the Christian beliefs of so many, past and present, or sell them out (again) for payoffs from corporations and other big donors?
Walt Garlington is a chemical engineer turned writer (and, when able, a planter). He makes his home in Louisiana and is editor of the 'Confiteri: A Southern Perspective' web site.