Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract
A group called Clergy for a New Drug Policy is calling on people of faith across the nation to join together in pushing for drug policy reform.
In a Religious Declaration for New Drug Policy, the group lays out a faith-based argument for reforming national drug policy, and offers a series of recommendations and next steps for policy makers.
Per the declaration:
“As voices of faith, we call for an end to the War on Drugs which the United States has waged, at home and abroad, for over 40 years. This War has failed to achieve its stated objectives; deepened divisions between rich and poor, black, white, and brown; squandered over one trillion dollars; and turned our country into a ‘prisoner’ nation.”
The group sees America’s War on Drugs as a manifestation of a larger “culture of punishment,” as theologian Richard Snyder once said.