fight back against the extrajudicial enforcement of Christian Science Sharia
by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher
September 18, 2020
ttention Job Applicants!
Mad about having to submit to drug tests in order to make a living?
Submit the following protest letter to your current or prospective employer along with that urine sample that you provide them.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING LETTER SHOULD BE USED ONLY BY THOSE WHO ARE READY TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE DEVASTATINGLY MISGUIDED DRUG WAR, IN THE FULL KNOWLEDGE THAT DOING SO IS RISKY IN TODAY'S DRUG WARRIOR CLIMATE. NO ONE, LEAST OF ALL MYSELF, CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE COMPANY YOU ARE DEALING WITH WILL RESPECT YOU FOR PROTESTING IN THIS WAY. ONLY SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO YOUR DRUG-TESTING EMPLOYER IF YOU FEEL STRONGLY ENOUGH ABOUT THE INJUSTICES IN QUESTION HERE THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO LOSE A JOB OPPORTUNITY IF NECESSARY TO MAKE YOUR VIEWPOINT KNOWN.
DRUG TESTING PROTEST LETTER
Although I have complied with your company's drug test, I feel a moral duty to inform you that I have done so under duress. I believe that such drug-testing without cause is a fundamental violation of my rights as an American citizen, and that such testing represents the enforcement of a Christian Science viewpoint about drugs, which is one that I do not share. Christian Scientists, as I'm sure you know, believe that human beings have a moral duty to go without using drugs for healing purposes, whether physical or psychological. I do not practice that religion, and I therefore do not believe that I should be subject to its requirements when it comes to the plant medicines around me. For I believe that mother nature is a healing goddess, not a drug kingpin, and that no plants are bad in and of themselves, despite the Drug Warrior's constant attempts to demonize them, largely by failing to acknowledge the positive role that today's demonized plant substances have played in various cultures for literally thousands of years.
I am taking this stand in support of Thomas Jefferson, who I believe was rolling over in his grave when the DEA stomped onto Monticello in 1987 and confiscated his poppy plants, in clear and ungrateful violation of the natural law upon which Jefferson had founded this country. Jefferson believed that there were basic rights that the government could not take from us, and few could be more basic, especially to a garden-lover like Jefferson, than our right to the plants and fungi that grow at our very feet. For as Natural Law proponent John Locke wrote in his Second Treatise on Government, human beings have a right to the use of the land "and all that lies therein." To arrest me for accessing and using mere plant medicine is therefore, in my view, a violation of my basic rights as an American citizen, for it represents the unconstitutional triumph of common law over Jefferson's natural law, which was the one thing that was unique and special about America, until the Drug War took it away, beginning in 1914, when racist politicians first outlawed a plant in order to marginalize the minorities that they feared and despised.
I do not seek to convince you of my viewpoint in this short letter. I merely wish to state for the record that I have taken your drug test under duress for a variety of philosophical reasons, including the ones that I've mentioned above. I trust that you will accept this statement of conscience for the earnest political protest that it represents and that it will not bias you against me in considering my suitability for employment, for, putting this one issue aside, I believe I would make a valuable addition to your workforce.
Name, Date, on behalf of the wronged Thomas Jefferson and the Natural Law upon which he founded this country
WATCH THIS PAGE FOR MORE IDEAS ABOUT PROTESTING CHRISTIAN SCIENCE DRUG TESTING AND ITS VIOLATION OF NATURAL LAW UPON WHICH AMERICA WAS FOUNDED
Author's Follow-up: August 17, 2022
There's nothing wrong with checking folks like pilots to see if they're impaired by a substance -- but let's be clear here: drug testing in the vast majority of cases is not about finding impairment: it's rather an extrajudicial fishing expedition in the human body to find signs of previous use of banned substances. Worse yet, the punishment for infraction is cruel and unusual, insofar as it involves barring the 'user' from obtaining gainful employment in the United States of America (or Britain, or Australia, etc.). That is a kind of punishment that is not even meted out to axe murderers.
Moreover, Congress is thus essentially subcontracting drug testing to businesses to enforce Christian Science Sharia, for the kinds of substances that the drug test searches for are those which have inspired entire religions in the past. Coca was an Incan God. The Vedic religion was inspired by a psychoactive plant. Plato's view of the afterlife was inspired by the psychedelic kykeon at Eleusis. And the "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius were inspired by his free use of opium. Yet the use of these substances in America today will bar you from feeding your family. Drug testing is therefore an attack on religious freedom, an attack upon the wellspring and fountainhead of the religious impulse itself: namely, psychoactive plants and fungi.
Author's Follow-up: April 12, 2023
If I follow up on the philosophical investigations of William James and use nitrous oxide, I will no longer be allowed to have a job in America. Ah, the land of the home and the free!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Q: Where can you find almost-verbatim copies of the descriptions of religious experiences described by William James? A: In descriptions of user reports of "trips" on drugs ranging from coca to opium, from MDMA to laughing gas.
Yeah. They drive to their drug tests in pickup trucks with license plates that read "Don't tread on me." Yeah, right. "Don't tread on me: Just tell me how and how much I'm allowed to think and feel in this life. And please let me know what plants I can access."
We don't need people to get "clean." We need people to start living a fulfilling life. The two things are different.
The Drug War is the most important evil to protest, precisely because almost everybody is afraid to do so. That's a clear sign that it is a cancer that does not belong in a democratic society.
LA Police Chief Daryl Gates said drug users should be summarily executed. William Bennett said drug dealers should be beheaded. These are the attitudes that the drug war inculcates. This racist and brutal ideology must be wiped out.
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You have been reading an article entitled, PROTEST DRUG TESTING NOW!: fight back against the extrajudicial enforcement of Christian Science Sharia, published on September 18, 2020 on AbolishTheDEA.com. For more information about America's disgraceful drug war, which is anti-patient, anti-minority, anti-scientific, anti-mother nature, imperialistic, the establishment of the Christian Science religion, a violation of the natural law upon which America was founded, and a childish and counterproductive way of looking at the world, one which causes all of the problems that it purports to solve, and then some, visit the drug war philosopher, at abolishTheDEA.com. (philosopher's bio; go to top of this page)