What would Jesus do?

Feb 022010
Authors: Ryan Sheine

Fort Collins Christians will gather at a local bar tonight to hash out the answer to an age-old question: What if God smoked cannabis?

At Mulligan’s Pub, members of the Missio Dei Church will host an open debate about the Christian position on the herb, something that hasn’t yet been established, event organizers said.

“For too long the church has ignored this topic, and we feel it is time to open up dialogue,” said Jason Laurie, a member of Missio Dei church and an organizer of the event.

The unusual discussion topic was selected at a time when medical marijuana dispensaries are sprouting like weeds across Colorado.

The meeting is at Mulligan’s Pub, located just north of Drake Road on College Ave. in Fort Collins. Participants can arrive to order food and drink at 7 p.m., and the discussion will take place from 7:45 to 9 p.m.

Missio Dei Church hopes to encourage dialogue on the Christian position on the use of medical marijuana as well as recreational use of marijuana if it becomes legal for recreational use.

There are strong opinions on both sides, and this event will give everyone the ability to share their opinion, Laurie said.

“Society’s view of marijuana is more culturally constructed than scientifically based,” said junior biomedical sciences major Megan Khasawneh. “We should review the scientific perspective before labeling it as good or bad.”

Tyler Chaltry, an undeclared sophomore, said he’s apathetic toward the theological marijuana debate.

“It doesn’t make a difference,” Chaltry said. “People aren’t thinking of God when smoking weed.”

The discussion is part of the church’s Theology Pub series that meets on the first Wednesday of every month and is open to the public.

Staff writer Ryan Sheine can be reached at news@collegian.com.

The Debate

What: A debate on the question “Can a Christian smoke pot?”

Where: Mulligan’s Pub, 2439 South College Ave.

When: Debaters will arrive at 7 p.m. and will begin discussions 7:45 p.m.

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