CNDP November Newsletter
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November Newsletter
A Note from Rev. Alexander E. Sharp, CNDP Executive Director:
Clergy for New Drug Policy pursues its work from an interfaith perspective.  We are especially pleased in this issue to offer a Muslim voice.  Over the past three weeks we have worked to pass medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and were able to help mobilize over 60 clergy toward this goal.  We expect a vote on a bill within the next several weeks.  As always, we are grateful for your support.

Faithfully, Rev. Alexander E. Sharp
The War on Drugs: A Muslim Perspective
By Rabia Terri Harris, Founder and Director of Muslim Peace Fellowship

In the Name of Allah All-Beneficent Most Merciful

It is well known that in Islam, the consumption of alcohol is prohibited. It is less well  known that it was not always prohibited. The earliest companions of the Prophet drank wine – as the whole society around them drank wine – as a matter of course. It was only later in the evolution of the community, after trust in God and an aspiration to character development had become better established in the hearts of the faithful, that this particular refinement of behavior was introduced.

We learn from this progression that certain prohibitions are not imposed by God on a people still unready to accept them. Human beings, unfortunately, all too often do not emulate the divine discretion. We seek to develop character by force. Practical experience shows that this is a losing battle. When the laws of a society are too far removed from the beliefs and practices of its people, then those laws will be routinely flouted, and the dignity of the law itself –of the principle of law – will suffer in consequence.
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Law and Character

By Rev. Alexander Sharp

When it comes to the War on Drugs, Christians have a lot to learn from Muslims.  That’s the conclusion I draw from the accompanying essay by Muslim activist and writer Rabia Terri Harris.  Her views should be taken seriously.  They might even call those of us who identify as Christian back to the most profound truths of our own faith.
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