Why is Trayvon Martin's pot usage relevant and about Egyp
Stories in the News:
Presiden Morsi, an Islamic fundamentalist type who was elected in Egypt, somewhat legitimately, was removed by the military of Egypt. This is being applauded by some on the Christian right-wing.
They applaud because of Morsi's support for weaving Islam and the Egyptian government closer together. I never liked Morsi, and would not have voted for him, but it is troubling to see a military change presidents.
Now, what would the Christian right-wing think of a President Rick Perry or President Rick Santorum or another Christian nationalist/theocrat removed by a military a good thing? Of course not, nor should they. Many of them would probably applaud a coup against President Obama.
George Zimmerman is on trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin, in case you have been living under a rock for the past year and a half, in the state of Florida. Well, Zimmerman's defense team is going to bring up, and it is going to be allowed by the judge, that fact that Martin smoked marijuana.
Zimmerman reported on 911 someone who looked like they were on drugs and who was suspicious. Frankly, I dont know if Martin was high on marijuana that day. He might have been. But even if he was, it isn't likely to make him more violent or aggressive or less likely.
In fact, to state that Martin was high on pot seems to work against Martin being the aggressor in the fight between the two. Anyway, the defense is bringing up this fact to bias the jurors with a great hostility to marijuana usage, and the law of averages state there must be at leas one or two jurors on that jury with those beliefs.
If you want to support marijuana reform, please support the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML.
Finally, a talk show host stated that just because the young favor marriage equality for gay couples does not mean they are inherently right. That is true. But the young are less conditioned by the bigotry against gays and lesbians then those who are older, because they grew up in a different environment.
They grew up watching Will and Grace and with openly gay uncles and siblings. The young of 1915 much more supported the right of women to vote and the young of 1960 were much more likely to support interracial marriages, then those older then them. People don't get more conservative, socially, as they get older. In fact, on average, they get more socially progressive, they just get more conservative in relation to the larger culture.
So yes, older people are wiser on these issues then they were when they were young, they had to overcome biases and fears that those who are 50 years younger never had to experience. If you want to support marriage equality rights, please remember to support the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal.