Oh, Grow Up: Portland Artists Roll Joints Made of Bible Pages

Oh, Grow Up: Portland Artists Roll Joints Made of Bible Pages

Oh, Grow Up: Portland Artists Roll Joints Made of Bible Pages

Ah, Portlandia.

On Saturday, at a Pride Festival in Portland, two local artists decided it would be brilliantly original and edgy to poke a stick at traditional Christians. (Ho hum, so original). So they rolled marijuana joints in selected pages of the Bible and offered them to Festival attendees.


A “menu” was offered of seven joints, six using pages from the Bible that contained verses prohibiting homosexuality, while the seventh included verses about love.

The crowd, of course, thought it was genius.



Desecrating a religion’s holy book — hmm, something sounds familiar about that, doesn’t it?

Oh, yes. Remember back in 2005 when Muslim inmates at Guantanamo Bay accused military guards and interrogators of flushing pages of the Koran down the toilet? Newsweek magazine was all over that story, and furor across the Muslim world erupted, as in Afghanistan, where people were killed. Protests were held in London, as seen in the video below, where crosses and American flags were burned.

The Pentagon investigated and found no evidence that American personnel had committed such an act.

In 2008, a Jewish student at Pace University threw pages of a Koran into the toilet after disputes with Muslims, and for his part received 300 hours of community service after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.

I’m just sitting at my laptop, waiting for Christians throughout the world to riot. I’m waiting for the artists in Portland to be sentenced to community service in a Christian charity — maybe the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities — for desecrating the holy book of my faith. It won’t happen, though, because while Christians may be offended at such antics, we also believe in the freedom of expression that is guaranteed to all Americans, even those who engage in such sophomoric antics as smoking joints rolled in the pages of the Bible.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Wfjag says:

    If the “artists”, or whatever the are, were really being edgy, they’d use pages from the Koran. But, that would be hate speech and possibly incite riots, like when the Florida preacher burned a Koran. So, it’s better to be pseudobrave and edgy in only conforming, safe ways, and therefore lauded by their fellow lemmings.

  • GWB says:

    The crowd, of course, thought it was genius.

    Of course, these are the people who think going in through the out door is a good idea. The same people who refuse to see AIDS as a behaviorally based disease. So “genius” is relative.

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