The Pope Smokes Dope is a catchy number by David Peel and the Lower Eastside. Peel was befriended by John Lennon in the early seventies when he was playing with his ragtag hippie band in New York’s Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. This led to Lennon producing The Pope Smokes Dope album which was later banned in many countries and now is sought after by collectors worldwide*.
Now the actual Pope, the dude in the Vatican that wears the funny looking hat, Pope Francis, does not smoke dope. While he’s been very progressive in his views on many social issues, like the rights of Gays, the role of women in the clergy, etc. he’s completely against the legalization of marijuana. Recently as a speaker at the International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome, he said he was opposed to the legalization of drugs—including marijuana saying “with evil there can be no yielding or compromise.”
That’s when I thought, why was I taking this guy serious in the first place? I mean if all the fucking pedophile priests would smoke a joint and get laid once in awhile, maybe they wouldn’t want to fuck little boys in the ass. Jesus H. Christ, who the does the Pope think made pot anyway?
It says in the Bible, ” Jah made the herb for man ” I’m paraphrasing here but that’s the gist. Plus there’s plenty if historical evidence that marijuana was used in the early traditions of the Church. In Exodus, Moses and his priests used holy ointment and burned “incense”, made from kaneh-bosm, i.e. cannabis in a portable ‘tent of meeting’, the famous Tent of the Tabernacle. They were swinging big scepters of it in Solomon’s Temple. ( I guess this was before the invention of the bong, that came later) but I digress. How it later came to be demonized by virtually all of Christianity, ( but not all: Rastafarians, Zion Coptics, Unitarians ) is mystifying.