From a blog entry by stagendogs
Mr. Calderón is criminalizing being Atheist here in Mexico City!
He said that in Mexico young people consumes drugs because they do not believe in god, here is the note in Spanish, someone could please translate it?:
What is interesting is not the article itself, but the link to the editorial commentary which I went through the trouble of gtranslating -
Here it is in full, note the highlights -
Drugs: criminalizing young people and atheists
In the context of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, President Felipe Calderón yesterday blamed the death of singer Michael Jackson in a drug abuse. He did not even know that the results of the autopsy the body of the artist. It is not the first time that the agent anticipates findings of forensic scientists. Are still present in the public statements by awarding the death of the native elder Ernestina Ascension Rosario to an intestinal infection, where testimony indicated that he had died as a result of a rape perpetrated by soldiers in Sierra Zongolica.
Not content to stay ahead of the medical forensic Los Angeles, California, the chief executive felt that the problem of addiction is also because young people do not believe in God "because they do not know."
This assertion is concerned for two reasons. First, because drug consumption is not a phenomenon exclusively focused on youth. Second, because it converts a matter of faith, like believing in God or not, a public health issue.
As evidenced by many studies, the misuse and overuse of drugs beyond the youth field. The consumption of cocaine, for example, is widespread even among executives and professionals and affluent middle classes, many of them middle-aged. There are marijuana consumers of all ages. Noted that the problem of addiction is an issue of youth crime is a invitation to the boys and girls.
Stating that the issue of drug use comes from non-belief in God is irresponsible and a lack of respect for atheists and agnostics, is an invitation to give the drug war a religious connotation. There is no link between faith and use of narcotics. Those who consume them are alike, believers and nonbelievers. God has nothing to do with this case.
Many drug traffickers, many of them addicts, are believers. The same chapels rise to Malverde, who worship the Blessed Death or make generous donations to churches and cults. His religious fervor, in part because his life is at risk and continued their activities transgress the most basic moral standards contradict assertions presidential.
As demonstrated by the current state of the world, religious beliefs scare the faithful, including children, with their doctrines of salvation and condemnation are not very useful for avoiding war and corruption and, of course, drug trafficking. Not necessarily get our morality from religion or respect for our laws.
The faith of politicians belonging to the private sphere. It has nothing to do in the field of public health. The podium from which are addressed to the nation can not be confused with the pulpit.
Now just imagine that in an American newspaper ?