There Are Much Worst Things
“Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice.” -GK Chesterton, ILN
I begin to wonder about a nation which has decided that consenting adults smoking tobacco of their own volition is a greater evil then any other possible act. Coming from Oregon I like to tell people that my state is such a place where you can take your sixteen year-old girlfriend to get an abortion without parental consent then later in the day take your grandmother for euthanasia with the family physician and end such a hard day with a live sex show. You cannot, however, under any circumstances smoke a cigarette in a bar. Likewise, a few years ago we witnessed a great out cry against the behavior of James Bond and the example he set for children everywhere, never mind that children should never watch 007 anyhow. As it were, do you suppose that the out cry was against his excessive drinking, his womanizing, problem gambling, or senseless violence? Well, no, those things are necessary functions of MI6, but everyone wondered if he had to smoke after doing it.
Recently the modern idolatry has demonized President Obama for his occasional use of cigarettes. In all honesty, I wonder how serious the media wants me to take them when this is the only issue they can take with our President. The President smokes and, certainly, we ought to be bothered that he punishes smokers everywhere with legislation, but his own legal and private vice is just that: a vice that is legal and quite private. This is truly modern madness at its finest: society is more perturbed by responsible adults using a legal substance than by any sign of weakness or corruption of the soul. Do not be surprised, my dear reader, if it turns out that tobacco becomes the new prohibition and you find the timeless insanity of idolatry failing the test of time once more.