Articles Tagged: mormon church

Descent in possibility, limitations from negative culture control

June 21st, 2011 | By Pirate

I grew up in a very “socially conservative” or as I call it “constipated” community in Utah.  Most of Utah is that way with a few exceptions.  I was a kid growing up in Utah that was frustrated by the constant negative attitude that came from the presentation of anything different.

I often refer back to the fact that the Mormon church banned black folks from holding their priesthood or being allowed in their temples until 1978.  But not only that, but the fact that unlike most of the other Christian denominations the Mormon church believes that “they are the only true church”, and that “the only way to be reunited with Jesus and/or their Father God is through the Mormon priesthood and no other way”.  Despite what many may think, most Christian churches do not believe that they are the only true Christian church.   But the Mormons do.

Well, being not only a anti-Mormon member of the Mormon church growing up, meaning that my parents had me initiated into the church at the age of 8, but it was a forced expectation, not a willing commitment, which was evidence when they held me down and cut my long locks while I was crying.
But after about the age of 15 I was a cannabis legalization activist, wearing clothing that explicitly said “Legalize Marijuana” or implied it.

I always got the same thing, even from other supporters or partakers of cannabis.  “Utah will never legalize, since the Mormons control things in politics in Utah”.
I always held out hope.  Not only did I hold out hope, but even after getting arrested and “marked” in Utah for being a cannabis consumer, I continued my peaceful activism of wearing promotional t-shirts for the cause  “Cannabis will save the world”, etc.   I went to jail a total of 5 different times, for 3 different arrests (skipped bail a few times), and I never stopped supporting the cause of legalizing it.

Well despite all of the nay sayers and disbelief, cannabis may in fact become legal, even if only for medical use in Utah after the Attorney General recently came out in support of Cannabis for medicine after winning his battle with colon cancer.

Attorney General Mark Shurtleff on an interview with Doug Wright of KSL radio, said on June 13th 2011 that he would support medical cannabis legalization in Utah, and would get behind legislation to do that.

This also reminds me of a conversation that I recently had with my long time friend from way back in the day about the topic of “May 21st 2011, the end of the world”.   I spoke about the “plausibility” of a 10th planet, and gave some examples of scientists that support such an idea.   The response from my friend, whom I love dearly, was “that is out to lunch crazy”.

Well low and behold, I found out that NASA found it (years ago), and they even named the 10th planet.
More:

http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2005/29jul_planetx/

http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/planetlila/

The planet’s temporary name is 2003 UB313

This isn’t just a Utah problem with perspective, but it sure seems to be more obvious there.
I’ve lived in a lot of different places, and Utah seems to have this common collective of “no way” attitude bottled up in that state.

I wish something would get through to Utah in a drastic way.  Maybe part of that will be Mark Shurtleff’s recent announcement.   Or maybe to our dismay, the 10th planet will pop into orbit.  Who knows, but for the sake of free thought and progress, I hope something gets through!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BTiFjGvvog

 

http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/planetlila/

On what authority?

May 6th, 2011 | By Pirate

I have been asked basically to defend my use of delivering sermons.  By what authority, what organization, or what religion do I exercise my religious freedom.  This is not a very complicated subject.

I guess what is important to know is what my background is since that seems to be a topic of interest.
What my current beliefs are.
Why I delivery sermons at all.

I was raised in a Mormon (LDS) home, of non-practicing members of the LDS church who did attend the Mormon church, and did baptize their children in to the Mormon church, but while I was a child did not keep the basic tenants of the faith, yet expected their children to hold higher standards than they themselves did.

I was in and out of jail as a teen and young adult, mostly for cannabis.   I ended up being homeless for two years in Washington, which put my focus inward so that I could figure somethings out by doing some soul searching.
I sought and found a relationship with God, and devoted my life to Christianity at age 22.
I resigned my membership from the LDS church at age 22 as well, by sending an official “remove my name from your membership records” letter to my bishop and to the LDS church records department.
I felt like I had never believed in the LDS church and the only reason why I joined was because of family and peer pressure to get baptised at the ripe ol’ age of 8.  So in my letter to the LDS church I told them that I have never believed and that I think it’s wrong to have a system that absorbs an 8 year old in and intends to indoctrinate him/her with few other sources of choices or competing ideas.
Since then I was baptized in Provo River by Pastor Gene Short.  I have never joined up or signed my name for any other church membership since age 22, though I have attended several church meetings and I have held several of my own.
In jail after turning myself in on bench warrants for marijuana at age 22, I held meetings in jail with like minded and curious folks instead/inplace of doing NA 12 steps meetings.

After getting out of jail I tried to find places to volunteer and live my faith.  I volunteered for Community Action, The Food and Care Coalition, and Cup of Cool water, and other times I would just find someone to feed who needed it.

After becoming a cannabis patient and learning more about the ancient cannabis sacrament, I have been ordained as a minister by Universal Life Church.  Something that I always thought would be interesting to check out since reading Soldier of Fortune magazine and other Survivalist magazines when I was a teenager and pre-teen.    When I heard Rev. Roger Christie talking about this in 2008, I got ordained as a minister myself.
Reference:   http://ulc.net

Since then I have been doing online sermons and I have done many before getting ordained as well.  I have 4 YouTube accounts, 2 of them are dedicated purely to faith and spiritual issues.   The other two I use for religious sermons and political activism.   Between all of these accounts I have reached over 500,000 people on YouTube alone.

I have recently started holding live inperson meetings that I stream over the internet as well.


Sensi Life Church Spokane 4/3/11

I’ve also proposed some theories of mine online;

Intelligent Design; I want to ask Richard Dawkins “Are YOU hallucinating”?

What reason or authority do I consider for congregating together,
Hebrews 10:24-25

More at: http://xcannabis.com/2011/04/first-sensi-life-cannabis-church-in-spokane/

Reference, not only people who have a theistic or deistic belief are considered religion/religious. Religion also applies to government, groups of atheists, schools, etc..

Religion | Define Religion at Dictionary.com

a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2. 

a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.

3.the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.

Douglas Hiatt on I-1068, sounds like heaven!

April 5th, 2010 | By Pirate

I just want to thank Dougals Hiatt  and those who are working on I-1068!  Thank you so much!


This is Douglas Hiatt on King5 News talking about I-1068 and legalizing marijuana in Washington.
These are great facts!


This is for my Utah friends and people who are Latter Day Saints (Mormons)


A.D. 1854. The earliest paper to be made in Utah was formed by hand by Thomas Howard, an English Mormon, assisted by Thomas Hollis. The small beginning was sponsored by Brigham Young (1801-77) and the Mormon Church.  The first sheets of paper were produced on June 27, 1854 and probably found their original use in the printing of the Deseret News, Brigham Youngs newspaper, which began publication in Great Salt Lake City, June 15, 1850 this notice appeared in his newspaper:  Rags! Rags! Rags! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret, save your rags; old wagon covers [hemp], tents [hemp], quilts [hemp and flax], shirts [hemp], etc., are wanted for paper. [First mill opened in the Far West.]

Legalizing cannabis is not an un-Mormon priniciple



Whats with the monkey?

Currently one of our rotating head logos has a smoking monkey on it.
Some want to know whats up with the monkey’s? 
It doesn’t have a lot to do with the Zion Curtain, but in Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes“, there is an article about the government tests done with marijuana in the 70’s.

The researchers gave the monkey enough smoke to suffocate them, and that is exactly what happened to them, over and over again. Tell me one human that you know who smokes 63 Colombian strength joints in 5 minutes!?!?!! 
See this article, or reference The Emperor Wears No Clothes”.

How that relates to me, or even Utah.  Is that I served almost 8 months in Utah for possession (not distribution, not for growing, JUST possession) of a few grams of weed before I was 19 years old.  Utah has insane weed laws.


http://xcannabis.com/2009/08/jack-herer-on-the-marijuana-monkeys/

http://xcannabis.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys1.jpg

http://xcannabis.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys2.jpg

http://www.jackherer.com/chapters.html

Eleventh of September

Uwe Banton – 11th September

11th of September is a sad day for many different tragic events in history.
I think about this day on occasion. Even though it’s sad, it’s good to remember.

News from the Rev

Happy New Year!   I’ve been busy with some projects.  Doing some community service, by modifying some really cool open source software, for use in a marijuana dispensary environment.  I’ve invested some $$ and a lot of time in to this project.  We released the software(s) for free at EmeraldPOS.com
I have also been busy with cancer awareness and I have been posting what the CURE for cancer is, CANNABIS!
The new year 2010 seems like the old year, but progress IS being made in our government. If nothing else, the government is respecting the 10th Amendment better than in previous days. Marijuana is not such a villainous plant is seems. Laws are being passed, public servants are not being prejudice or piggoted (pot biggoted?)..

It also seems many if not most than many of the politicians in office today including the last 3 presidents of the USA are ‘former’ pot smokers. The current president “inhaled frequently, that was the point” by his own admission. Pot isn’t the evil corruption of this world like many religious folk make it out to be.   In fact, it’s quite the opposite.   I made a few videos last year about religion and cannabis.   Please enjoy the links below.  From the video at the top that shows that cannabis cures cancer.  To the cannabis and religion videos that I’ll be posting at the bottom. All in all 2009 was a great year, and 2010 seems like it will be the same.  Praise Jah!

Cannabis Cures Cancer



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGmPamqJpf8

More Cannabis Cures Cancer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJcVr0GLsEA

Politics – Utah vs. Marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfp25vJZ_5k

1rst web sermon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z0lVzdP7DI

Politics, Religious Freedom (Barack Obama): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa8Q2I4TpZI

Protest at Drug Court in Idaho Falls on 4/20/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXWGyXMJrVw

There was a bunch of good times. You can see the rest of them at: http://youtube.com/xcannabiscom

http://youtube.com/utahpirateradio

I think one of the better videos that I’ve made was my topic of Marcus Garvey / Bob Marley and the Irish Immigration in the early days of the USA, at least this is one that I put a lot of heart in to.



Yolanda Madden gets a new trial!

I love Barry Cooper, I think he is an outstanding human being. 
He is the former ‘top drug officer’ in his area, where in his career he headed a 14 organization drug task force.

Barry Cooper ultimately saw the pain and destruction and ineffectiveness of the drug war, and he switched sides and married a pot dealer.

See the latest story about what happened when Barry Cooper setup Odessa TX police in order to bring attention to the Yolanda Madden case.

Yolanda Madden gets a new trial! < link to Cooper’s site!

It’s too bad when the legal system itself is more corrupt than the so-called “criminals”. 
Odessa PD should be ashamed!

Good work Barry!

Legalizing cannabis is not an un-Mormon priniciple

It is a fact that Brigham Young himself directed his flock to grow cannabis.

From a document by an Idaho state Rep (Tom Trail)

Seven states have approved hemp cultivation. Many more might follow if North Dakota clears all the administrative and legal hurdles. Idaho Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, says he will resubmit a thrice-rejected bill allowing farmers to plant hemp if North Dakota succeeds. To the Eastern Idaho legislators who object, Trail notes that Brigham Young, patriarch of the early Mormon Church, directed Utah settlers to grow hemp.

“I think it’s a good crop,” Trail says.

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=166347

Here are other references to Brigham Young’s direction to Mormon settlers.

(he also instructed them to grow tobacco)

A.D. 1854. The earliest paper to be made in Utah was formed by hand by Thomas Howard, an English Mormon, assisted by Thomas Hollis. The small beginning was sponsored by Brigham Young (1801-77) and the Mormon Church.  The first sheets of paper were produced on June 27, 1854 and probably found their original use in the printing of the Deseret News, Brigham Youngs newspaper, which began publication in Great Salt Lake City, June 15, 1850 this notice appeared in his newspaper:  Rags! Rags! Rags! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret, save your rags; old wagon covers [hemp], tents [hemp], quilts [hemp and flax], shirts [hemp], etc., are wanted for paper. [First mill opened in the Far West.]

http://www.hempmuseum.org/SUBROOMS/HEMP%20PAPER%20CHRON.htm

This one from Rep. Tom Trails of Idaho:

http://www.infotrail.com/idaho2008/Pre_Legislative_Update/Hemp_Update/hemp_update.html

Like the prohibition in the 30’s that cost much money and many lives.  This prohibition (of cannabis) will end too!

Judge and former narcotics agent support legalization

Judge Nepolitano with special guest Barry Cooper discuss the benefits of ending prohibition, just like the USA did in the 30’s with alcohol.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV3bBqpy76M

Also see this report:

A labor organization’s former voice for a drug-free work force pleaded guilty Friday to trafficking medical-grade marijuana.

I support Barry Cooper for Attorney General! Go Barry!

Utah is responsible for the first cannabis prohibition

Police Harassment in Utah

Police Harassment in Utah

I have been researching the beginning of cannabis prohibition in the USA.  I have found several sources that show that the first prohibition of cannabis in the USA started with Mormons in Utah, without any science or logical reasoning.

Mormons which outlaw coffee, tea, alcohol, and tobacco for dogmatic religious reasons, banned cannabis when a group of Mormon missionaries returned from Mexico with cannabis.

This movie “High – A true tale of American Marijuana”  is a great show with truthful history of cannabis prohibition in the USA.
I HIGHLY recommend it!


HIGH The True Tale of American Marijuana

Also see a post that I made about this on xCannabis.com.

Also reference drugwarrant.com which has a great article on the subject.

LDS bloggers vs. the facts – prohibition discussion

This is a conversation that I recently got into with some long time LDS blogger aquaintenances that I have chatted with for over 8 years.  I felt compelled to bring this conversation to my blog and archive it, because with some of these same folks, I have had over 500 posts deleted in one day.  So I wanted to set the record straight, and archive it.

I’ve done this before when they have accused me of lying, cheating, and abusing them.  ROFL.  I either make a video, and/or archive these conversations for later.  I have a whole collection of these conversations spanning over 8 years, because of how many times I’ve been censored by some of these folks.

Anyway, this conversation is about LDS sponsored prohibition.   I made comments earlier in the conversation about “Why don’t LDS spend more money feeding the poor and helping out widows, and less time and money trying to take people’s rights away”..


Burt LDS in brown, Whew in blue and me in red:

If you drink that coffee your going to hell

If you drink that coffee your going to hell


“Then you make a statement that the LDS financed over half of the Prop 8 campaign! First off the LDS Church did not contribute any money to the Prop 8 campaign! Second what ever the real contribution by LDS members to the Prop 8 campaign, it is within their right to contribute to what they want to pass! No real rights were taken away by prop 8 just the right to call a same sex union a marriage, which is not a right!” My Previous comment!

Burt, if the LDS leaders that urged the members to donate, doesn’t qualify. And if the members don’t make up the organization. Then you have a point.

Here is an apostle urging the members to support the initiative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1B2ECCDC5A032A82&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=ewXaVmfOj2w
And the members responded. The members make the church. Without the members, the organization doesn’t exist.


Again I want you to back up your claim that the LDS Church financed over 50% of the Prop 8 campaign or admit that you Lied!

What happens when you learned the truth? Do you apologize Burt?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[44][45][46] whose members are commonly known as Mormons, also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.”[47][48] The response of the LDS membership to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive,[49] such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California.[50] About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.[51] ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, estimate that about half the donations they received came from LDS sources, and that “eighty to ninety percent” of the early volunteers going door-to-door were LDS.[52] The LDS Church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the opposition to the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to oppose the Proposition.[53][54] Local LDS leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership-sometimes quite specific-to fulfill this call.

Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah all have 3.2 beer laws!

I’ve lived in Colorado, a state where in fact you CAN buy wine in the grocery store, which IS stronger than 3.2%. Don’t misinterpret what I said.
If I want to cook with wine, I can go to the grocery store in the states that you have listed, and buy wine for my meal. In Utah, no go.

In Utah the only beer you can buy in a grocery, convenience, or drug store is 3.2 % by weight the only place you can buy higher content beer is in Liquer stores and some bars with Liquer license, with high content beer aproval! In Colorado the only beer you can buy in a Grocery store or convenience store is 3.2% by weight Some drug stores can sell 5% by volume beer! Some bars can get a licence to sell 5% by volume beer but they are not allowed to advertise the higher content, therefore you never know what you may get when you walk in to a bar! In Minnesota, some places can get a license to sell 5% by volume beer but it is not easy! In oklahoma 3.2% by weight is the normal but some places can sell 5% by volume beer but it has to be at room temperature!

See my last response.

How did Utah get 3.2% by weight beer in the first place? Federal regulation during prohibition! Many states were slow to change to higher contents after the law was changed! Most states were more concerned with harder Alcholol. But the 5 listed above still have not increase the alchohol level in Beer! How much difference is there between 3.2% by weight and 5% by volume? 3.2% by weight is the same as 4% by volume so it is 1% difference by volume! the difference between beer and 80 proof vodka (40% by volume) is 35% by volume 1% does not seem as much does it?

Did you fail to comment on the fact that Utah was the only state in the Union with “Private Clubs” as opposed to traditional pubs and bars?

http://www.sltrib.com/tourism/ci_12721457

don’t you feel foolish constantly posting false information and statements that have no basis in facts?


Out of all of the times I have to repeat the facts, and provide sources, over and over again. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. I posted the truth (again) and I just backed it up (again). Do you ever feel compelled to offer an apology? After 8 years, probably not… ;(

Burt

Whew says:

Good post Steve! Isn’t it interesting how Ryan claims Aspirin has killed more people than “Weed”. I sometimes watch the TV program called “Cops”, and it is very interesting at how many times the Police stop guy’s and gal’s under the influence of “Pot”, “weed” take your pick. And it is very interesting how the Police will not let them continue to drive their car, I wonder why?


I have never advocated for anyone to drive while intoxicated on anything. Not pain killers, not alcohol, not prozac. I don’t believe in driving while intoxicated, and Im glad that there are laws against it.
However, if you want to know more about it, have you ever tried to find a study that demonstrates how a person reacts while stoned?
I have, here is one of few studies on the subject. (BTW- If you look up statistics, there isn’t much to find there either. Why?)

~Ryan

Links

Alcohol related automobile fatalities in the USA

Information about marijuana related auto fatalities

Video showing a drunk man buying alcohol at 10:45 in the morning

Video of a man driving while stoned (televised study of the effects before and after)



You decide which is more harmful. Cannabis, or alcohol… I dont advocate for driving while intoxicated. However, there is a reason why there are 40 million marijuana smokers in the USA, and so few marijuana related accidents. And it has nothing to do with prohibition.

More information about Prop 8 financing: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/top-officials-w.html

(this post was removed from the original blog, or at least made private so that general visitors of the site can’t see it.

But I made some PDF’s of the conversation for ref.

Angry after leaving – Mormon2

Angry after leaving – Mormon3



“Then you make a statement that the LDS financed over half of the Prop 8 campaign! First off the LDS Church did not contribute any money to the Prop 8 campaign! Second what ever the real contribution by LDS members to the Prop 8 campaign, it is within their right to contribute to what they want to pass! No real rights were taken away by prop 8 just the right to call a same sex union a marriage, which is not a right!” My Previous comment!

Burt, if the LDS leaders that urged the members to donate, doesn’t qualify. And if the members don’t make up the organization. Then you have a point.

Here is an apostle urging the members to support the initiative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1B2ECCDC5A032A82&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=ewXaVmfOj2w
And the members responded. The members make the church. Without the members, the organization doesn’t exist.






Again I want you to back up your claim that the LDS Church financed over 50% of the Prop 8 campaign or admit that you Lied!

What happens when you learned the truth? Do you apologize Burt?




The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[44][45][46] whose members are commonly known as Mormons, also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.” Local LDS leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership-sometimes quite specific-to fulfill this call.[47][48] The response of the LDS membership to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive,[49] such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California.[50] About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.[51] ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, estimate that about half the donations they received came from LDS sources, and that “eighty to ninety percent” of the early volunteers going door-to-door were LDS.[52] The LDS Church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the opposition to the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to oppose the Proposition.[53][54]

Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah all have 3.2 beer laws!

I’ve lived in Colorado, a state where in fact you CAN buy wine in the grocery store, which IS stronger than 3.2%. Don’t misinterpret what I said.
If I want to cook with wine, I can go to the grocery store in the states that you have listed, and buy wine for my meal. In Utah, no go.

In Utah the only beer you can buy in a grocery, convenience, or drug store is 3.2 % by weight the only place you can buy higher content beer is in Liquer stores and some bars with Liquer license, with high content beer aproval! In Colorado the only beer you can buy in a Grocery store or convenience store is 3.2% by weight Some drug stores can sell 5% by volume beer! Some bars can get a licence to sell 5% by volume beer but they are not allowed to advertise the higher content, therefore you never know what you may get when you walk in to a bar! In Minnesota, some places can get a license to sell 5% by volume beer but it is not easy! In oklahoma 3.2% by weight is the normal but some places can sell 5% by volume beer but it has to be at room temperature!

See my last response.

How did Utah get 3.2% by weight beer in the first place? Federal regulation during prohibition! Many states were slow to change to higher contents after the law was changed! Most states were more concerned with harder Alcholol. But the 5 listed above still have not increase the alchohol level in Beer! How much difference is there between 3.2% by weight and 5% by volume? 3.2% by weight is the same as 4% by volume so it is 1% difference by volume! the difference between beer and 80 proof vodka (40% by volume) is 35% by volume 1% does not seem as much does it?

Did you fail to comment on the fact that Utah was the only state in the Union with “Private Clubs” as opposed to traditional pubs and bars?

http://www.sltrib.com/tourism/ci_12721457

don’t you feel foolish constantly posting false information and statements that have no basis in facts?


Out of all of the times I have to repeat the facts, and provide sources, over and over again. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. I posted the truth (again) and I just backed it up (again). Do you ever feel compelled to offer an apology? After 8 years, probably not… ;(

Burt

Whew says:

Good post Steve! Isn’t it interesting how Ryan claims Aspirin has killed more people than “Weed”. I sometimes watch the TV program called “Cops”, and it is very interesting at how many times the Police stop guy’s and gal’s under the influence of “Pot”, “weed” take your pick. And it is very interesting how the Police will not let them continue to drive their car, I wonder why?


I have never advocated for anyone to drive while intoxicated on anything. Not pain killers, not alcohol, not prozac. I don’t believe in driving while intoxicated, and Im glad that there are laws against it.

However, if you want to know more about it, have you ever tried to find a study that demonstrates how a person reacts while stoned?

I have, here is one of few studies on the subject. (BTW- If you look up statistics, there isn’t much to find there either. Why?)

~Ryan

Links

Alcohol related automobile fatalities in the USA

Information about marijuana related auto fatalities

Video showing a drunk man buying alcohol at 10:45 in the morning

Video Showing a stoned man using cannabis while driving (before getting stoned and after)


You decide which is more harmful. Cannabis, or alcohol… I dont advocate for driving while intoxicated. However, there is a reason why there are 40 million marijuana smokers in the USA, and so few marijuana related accidents. And it has nothing to do with prohibition.

More information about Prop 8 financing: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/top-officials-w.html

Protesting all alone behind the zion curtain

I have organized and attended many rallies in Utah and Idaho over the past year.  Whenever I have an opportunity to do it, I do.

Which means, every holiday that we travel to those areas, I make it a point to make a new sign, and I show it off in front of drug court at some town Behind the Zion Curtain.

I have very few if any people show up.  I often get the crotchety old man or old lady who lectures me about immorality or something.  But something that can be seen in the videos that I make is that people honk, hug me, or scream cheers of support.  And no small amount at that.  It is really fun making a bunch of noise in these town of Utah where prohibition is the normality.

Whether we are talking about people shunning those who drink coffee, or tea, or who smoke cigarettes, or come from a different religion and are proud of it.  All of these things are against Mormon doctrine.   You can see these doctrines in the “Word of Wisdom” which is actual a section from their book of doctrines titled “The Doctrine and Covenants” .   Reference: Doctrine and Covenants Section 89 (Also see the main LDS website for the Utah group here:  http://tinyurl.com/6ry8bt)

The idea that other religions get shunned because of the LDS in Utah, also appears to be doctrinal.   Joseph Smith History Chapter 1

” I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”

I consider this institutionalized bigotry.  Which is something else that I advocate against.
So this Thankgiving, I will find myself Behind the Zion Curtain once again, and I will be looking for a good place to protest.
If anyone knows of any good parades, or events let me know.   info@behindzioncurtain.com

This is a video of one of my last protests in Utah:



BTW-  EVERYONE is welcome to attend and participate!

Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857

If you are wondering what that pile of rocks are on the banner at BehindZionCurtain.com, that is a mound built to memorialize a massive grave for over 120 innocent men, women and children that were killed while unarmed by Mormon leaders in Southern Utah in 1857.

The reason that I put that mound on the website, is as a protest to the LDS church not allowing the family members of the victims to properly mourn or give proper burial to their ancestors.
The LDS church owns the property where the current mound is now. But in the late 1850s a rock cairn was built with a cross on top in the exact same place as the LDS owned memorial is now. But Brigham Young in a fit of rage, ordered that the memorial be torn down. Since it has been rebuilt, the LDS church has prevented the family of the victims from erecting the signature cross that Major J. H. Carleton had originally constructed on the memorial, to give reverence to the faith of the victims who were buried there.
It should be noted that the LDS church does not consider the cross a sacred icon, and it is not worn by LDS and you will not find a cross at any LDS church or temple.

This is what the original cairn would have looked like:

Mountain Meadows Massacre Cairn

Mountain Meadows Massacre Cairn

The MMMF (Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation) have constructed a replica of the original memorial in Carrollton Arkansas. See pictures at this link: MMMF Replica Memorial

It is my opinion that the LDS church are in the wrong for the massacre back in 1857. They are also wrong for restricting the family members of the victims from properly honoring their ancestors.
SHAME ON YOU LDS!