Pot smoking and wine drinking have always been the subjects of extensive research and controversy, even in religion. The article Who are you calling fundamentalist? Inside Rastafarianism raises the question of the act of marijuana—smoking to honor Jah, is considered by many other religious groups to be more misguided than the drinking of wine representing the blood of Jesus. In fact, some Rastafarians argue “Smoking pot and reading the bible go hand in hand. In fact, Rastafarians suspect that smoking pot is illegal because it reveals the truth.” However, the Rastafarians are branded as a fundamentalist group by Christians. The reason Rastafarianism is labelled as a fundamentalist group is because of how “radically” they interpret the passages of the Holy Bible. In a way, Rastafarianism can be identified as a different slant on Biblical texts. By analyzing Bob Marley’s lyrics, it is suggested that Rastafarianism is a “black man’s re—reading of the white man’s bible” I believe that no religion should be oppressed. If one religion drinks wine to symbolize their savior, let them. If a religion uses marijuana to reach a level of spiritual enlightenment, don’t deny them that right. If a religion eats unleavened bread for eight days to remind them of their hurried journey to their Promised Land, don’t enact a Crusade on them. Religion is a right of every human that wishes to place their faith in a higher being.
Who are you calling fundamentalist? Inside Rastafarianism
by ERIN B TAYLOR on SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 in CONTEMPORARY CULTURE