Uncommon Sense - Mexico show how journalists are not all insane outrage whores

From a blog entry by stagendogs -

http://atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/mr-calderon-is-criminalizing

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?:
http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2009/06/27/index.php


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 -

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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.

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Now just imagine that in an American newspaper ?

Tags: commonsense, drugs, hooray, maybe it will rub off, prohibition

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Even the worst religiotarded nutjob politicians in the U.S. never said anything as ignorant as that.
Took a while, but here's my translation. I apologize for any spelling mistakes. This is my first translation. I re-worded some trying to convey a more precise meaning, I don't know if that's ok.

La Jornada is kind of a leftish publication, and Calderón is quite conservative. This article is so typical of the way religion is treated in Mexico. Only a few notes like these even make the effort of noting it and it never gets into national headlines. (i hadn't even heard of it till you pointed it out)

by Claudia Herrera and Ángeles Cruz

Even before the details of Michael Jackson's autopsy are revealed, president Felipe Calderón has stated that his death was the result of inadequate drug use and questioned young people who don't believe in [G]od.

According to the president, the lack of "transcendental supports", such as young people "not believing in God, because they don't know him", is a breeding ground for addictions.


Celebrating the International Day Against Inadequate Use and Illicit Traffic of Drugs in the official residence at "Los Pinos" [the mexican White House], he made note of the paradox that on this day "it is confirmed that the death of one of the greatest idols for many generations and the greatest seller of pop music records is owed to the inadequate use of drugs, in what should be the peak of his life [a healthy age]"

He made a reference to Jackson's death --last Thursday in LA--, as evidence that drugs are homicidal and suicidal, because they destroy the lives of youths in Mexico and the world.

By that time, the results of the autopsy of the King of Pop were not ready and would only be public later.

However, Calderǹ insisted that "this dramatic death, tragic, of someone who, having it all: fame and money, was in the end incapable of escaping a death surrounded by addictions".

At that hour, there were only declarations by Joe Jackson, the artist's father, who had tried to take his son to a rehab center as it seemed that he had become addicted to morphine and other medically prescribed drugs.

Regarding the young people, the michoacan-eese [from the state of Michoacan] considered in his speech that, because of their social conditions, the situation of their families and a lack of opportunities, have "few transcendental supports" in this age.

Thus, he said that these young people "have little to believe in; they don't believe in families, since they didn't have one; they don't believe in the economy [participating in it] or in school; they don't believe in God, because they don't know him".

He complained that these youths don't believe in society nor in what it represents, which makes a breeding ground for those who use and abuse this spiritual vacuum of our times.

He expressed his uneasiness in that in this time there are fewer and fewer reasons to believe and there's a youth that "has been in the center of the most complicated existential matters".

According to the president, Mexico is in a historical crossroads: come to terms to stagnancy and continue with the practices of tolerance for crime, or persevere in the fight and rescue of society through the real providing of rights.

Accompanied by the secretaries for Public Safety, Genaro García Luna, and Health, José Ángel Córdova, and the General Secretary Eduardo Medina Mora, the chief of the Executive said that he sees with sadness how the youth of this country, including adolescents and even children, is recruited by addictions to became literally the slaves of the drug suppliers.

He considered that its time to act tirelessly so that there's more young people who leave the path of drugs, such as Marcos Velarde, who shared the microphone. By invitation of the president, the teen had gone to the stage of the hall to explain how, thanks to New Life Center-- headed by the president's wife Margarita Zavala-- he had left the drugs and now aspires to receive his high school diploma.

Mexico is now one of the mayor suppliers of synthetic narcotics to the USA, according to the UN.
A translation of the relevant parts of the editorial, sans gtranslate-screw-ups.

Stating that the issue of drug use comes from a non-belief in God is irresponsible and a lack of respect for atheists and agnostics, it 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 believers and nonbelievers alike. God has nothing to do with it.

Many drug traffickers, a few of them addicts themselves, are believers. They build chapels to Malverde [a martyr of drug dealers], or worship the Blessed Death [a bizarre cult from the border] or make generous donations to their churches and cults. Their religious fervor, due in part because their life is at risk and their activities continuously transgress the most basic moral standards, contradicts the presidential assertions.

As demonstrated by the current state of the world, religious beliefs that scare the faithful, particularly children, with their doctrines of salvation and condemnation are not very useful for avoiding war nor corruption nor, evidently, drug trafficking. We do not necessarily get from religion our morality or respect for our laws.

The faith of politicians belongs to the private sphere. It has nothing to do in the field of public health. The podium from which they address the nation can not be confused with the pulpit.



This editorial is quite refreshing, as are the many supporting comments below it. Some even say that the editorialist has lost his usual sharp tongue. Its so bizarre living in this country, though. Despite the many intellectuals who raise their voices against this sort of bigotry -and other social problems like corruption, etc -, the general population never seems to do anything about it. Its like I can hear the voices of dissent but never see the people doing anything about it. And when they do, like the EZNL or the APPO, it seems to be too late, when the people are really tired. It tends to turns violent and so I'm not inclined to support them. But one of these days...

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