Showing posts with label History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label History. Show all posts

December 14, 2015

Christianity as a Religion-What it is and its Core


                                                                           

                                                                   


The History of the Christian Church

When you ask people that identify as Christian to spell out what the doctrine is you get all types of different answers. In many instances you get what it means to them in some spiritual personal way but they are not able to describe it in a way that makes sense as the religion that it is.  A religion that is over 2000 years old with a history of blood, sweat, persecution  and then the reverse by persecuting and making others pay with their blood and tears. This is a religion that is gone from the followers being persecuted and hiding out in catacombs fasting to death with having times reverse themselves and seeing them in the crusades and the spanish inquisition as the ones doing the persecuting and the killing for those who wont convert or the ones suspected of sins which only death could wipe them clean before god. I am sure that it most seem so strange to current members that have joined the religion by a raising of hands at church or visit by a Minister or Priest in a house and they would just have to say yes and confess that they are a sinner but they are not being done in with a sword on their heads even though it is being done with a certain level of a promise to burn in hell if they don’t do it at least the promise is spiritual now a days in the western world not physical like it was before.

After the world progressed enough to not kill people that would not convert still it shunned people as low down sinners  referring to those that refused Christianity or a branch of it as pagans.

The Christian church went through a kind of civil war when one of their most respected members a german Priest and teacher in Canterbury had an encounter with passages of the bible as he translated it as for the first time as it was being printed by a machine invented by another german by the name of Gutenberg. Now the bible instead of being talked about in broken passages in Latin by the priest and their bishops, now the compiled book made up from many books was put on a single documents with different chapters with the name of the king that ordered for its translation on it. As a result people who had never seen these books but only heard of them and of the head of the church said you most do this because it says so in the good book, then you had no way to go and see if it was true.

 Now a very religious man name Luther was having a hard time getting together what some priests were doing like selling pardons from purgatory as something biblical when the bible did not authorized such a thing and it was clear this and other similar fund raising schemes were not just in the good book but were anti biblical altogether.

He (Luther) gathered all these abuses as he called them and nailed them to the german church for all to see. People that read these either believed and were outraged or simply were outraged at Luther. One day he was arrested, taken to Rome and  excommunicated by the pope and put in jail.

As a result of this disagreement between the church in Rome headed by the Pope and which listed to what the Pope said as the word of god and now the Lutherans were against Rome and the Pople saying that the Pope was the one living in sin. and was a Pagan himself. This was the split of Christianity which has lasted until present day. As a matter of fact the Protestant Christian church has not finished splitting up into hundreds if not thousand of different denominations having only in common the name of Jesus Christ.

                                                                 

Below I will give you the main belief of the church which includes both the Roman Catholic and the German Protestant. Protestant is the name given to Luther’s followers since they protested to the church in Rome with the objections that Luther nailed to the Church in Germany.

Most people have no idea where the Protestant came from and how is it that you have two major wings of a religion that do things so different yet they follow the same three gods or deity as it is called.

Below is the part I have picked directly from catholic and protestant websites and have given it a layman’s term so everyone can understand. There is no criticism just explanations of what these two religions differ only in the highways it followed to be what they are.





Christianity: It’s beginnings and it’s maturity today.


*Like most religions, Christianity is defined differently by different people. Here are some of the ways it has been defined traditionally, and some of the modern alternatives.

*Most agree that Christianity developed in the context of first-century Judaism. The faith of Christians is centered on Jesus, a Jewish rabbi who, after three years of teaching, died in c. 33 C.E. at the hands of the Romans, but what happens next?

*Over the centuries, most Christians agreed that the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—were the authoritative accounts of Jesus' life, death, and, most importantly for Christians, what happened after his death. What did Christians conclude about the Jesus story?

*In the early centuries, most Christian leaders agreed on a handful of central documents that expressed the core of their faith. These are called creeds, and they include most importantly the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.

*The creeds declared that Jesus was the Son of God who, being born of a virgin, lived a human life that culminated in a short ministry of teaching, miraculous healings, and finally crucifixion. The story doesn't end there though...

*Jesus' followers insisted that God raised Jesus from the dead and that his death-resurrection had decisively changed the nature of human relationships with God.

*The creeds, the books of scripture (including ancient Jewish texts, the Gospels, and the early church writings by the apostles), and key leaders/writers/thinkers shaped Christian communities called the Church.

*In thinking about who Jesus was and how he talked about his relationship with God, Christians began to teach that the One God had three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They called this the Trinity.

*Traditional Christians believe that humanity has a fundamental problem, called sin, that shatters relationships with God and with one another.

*Traditional Christians teach that God offers both forgiveness and a remedy for this sin-problem through faith in Jesus Christ.

*Over the past five centuries, many of these Christian teachings have been disputed. The rise of modern science and the influence of Enlightenment thought, along with various other social and cultural developments, have redefined Christianity for many people. 

*Some Christians today do not believe in the miraculous stories of the Gospels, including the virgin birth or the resurrection.

*For some, being a Christian means following the teachings of Jesus, which should lead to social justice, but not necessarily believing certain things about him.

*Some Christians today argue that the creeds and teachings of the Church have misled people about the nature of God and the meaning of Jesus.

*Some Christians dispute the gravity of sin, the need for divine forgiveness, and the possibilities of judgment.

*Some Christians believe the Bible is more of a human perspective than a divine revelation.

*Others—like Mormons, Christian Scientists, and Jehovah's Witnesses—say they too are Christian though they have some very different doctrines than traditional Christianity.

*If you are a Christian, where do you fit?
adamfoxie*blog International, Adam Gonzalez, (Publisher, Protestant Theology graduate and History Student)
One of the main sources: Patheos.com

October 2, 2014

Henry Kissinger ‘Recommended Smashing Cuba by air strikes’ in 1976



 This 1972 file photo shows Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Communist party speaking to the press in Havana, Cuba



President Gerald Ford, (R) and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1975
Kissinger (left) has been described as being 'apoplectic' about Cuba's role in Africa in discussions with Ford  
Why would Assange target Kissinger?
 
US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger drew up plans to "smash Cuba" with air strikes nearly 40 years ago, government papers obtained by researchers show.

He was angered by Cuba's 1976 military intervention in Angola and was considering retaliation if Cuban forces were deployed elsewhere in Africa. 

The information comes from documents declassified at the request of the National Security Archive.

They show that Mr Kissinger was eager for the US to stand up to Cuba. 

The documents from the Gerald R Ford Presidential Library show that US officials devised plans to attack ports and military installations in Cuba in addition to measures ordered by Mr Kissinger to deploy Marine battalions based at the US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay to "clobber" the Cubans.
 
Kissinger... was insulted that a small country would ruin his plans for Africa and was essentially prepared to bring the imperial force of the United States on Fidel Castro's head”
  

Mr Kornbluh told the New York Times that Mr Kissinger was angered by what he felt was the decision by then Cuban President Fidel Castro to pursue his own foreign policy agenda in Africa rather than normalise relations with the United States.

The newspaper reports that Mr Kissinger has refused to comment on its story.

Mr Kissinger, secretary of state from 1973-77, initially supported underground efforts to improve relations with Cuba. 

But the newly released documents show he was infuriated by Cuban President Fidel Castro’s decision in late 1975 to send troops to Angola to help the newly independent nation fend off attacks from South Africa and right-wing guerrillas. 

Mr Kissinger's planned intervention came 15 years after the Bay of Pigs fiasco of April 1961
"Kissinger, the global chessboard player, was insulted that a small country would ruin his plans for Africa and was essentially prepared to bring the imperial force of the United States on Fidel Castro's head," Mr Kornbluh was quoted in the newspaper as saying.

“You can see in the conversation with [US President] Gerald Ford that he is extremely apoplectic," Mr Kornbluh said, describing the then secretary of state's language about doing harm to Cuba as "quintessentially aggressive".


"I think we are going to have to smash Castro," Mr Kissinger told Mr Ford in a White House meeting in February 1976, adding Mr Ford should defer action until after the presidential election that November.

"I agree," Mr Ford said.

US contingency plans drawn up on the options warned any military aggression by the US in Cuba could lead to a direct confrontation with the USSR.

 



Henry Kissinger was initially supportive of attempts to normalise relations with Fidel Castro's government
"The circumstances that could lead the United States to select a military option against Cuba should be serious enough to warrant further action in preparation for general war," one document said.

The plans were never undertaken, as Jimmy Carter was elected president that year.

Mr Kissinger's planned intervention came 15 years after a group of some 1,500 Cuban exiles trained and financed by the CIA launched an ill-fated invasion of Cuba from the sea in the Bay of Pigs.

The plan was to overthrow Fidel Castro and his revolution.

Instead, it turned into a humiliating defeat which pushed Cuba firmly into the arms of the Soviet Union and has soured US-Cuban relations to this day.
 

Henry Kissinger (left) is the oldest surviving former secretary of state in a list that includes James Baker, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton 

Supporters of Mr Kissinger say he played a key role in US foreign policy under presidents Nixon and Ford at the height of the Cold War, pointing out that he brokered detente with the Soviet Union, paved the way for President Nixon's landmark visit to China and who, they argue, negated the Communist threat in Latin America.

They argue that he was instrumental in securing peace deals in the Middle East and Vietnam.

But critics say he was the orchestrator of the controversial carpet bombing of neutral Cambodia during the Vietnam War and helped Pakistan, Greece, Indonesia and Chile to embark on acts of repression.

February 5, 2013

Good Bye Chelsea good bye USPS

Old Chelsea Station



Such a sad news about this post office being put on selling block.      
I go by there all the time.  It’s such a beautiful place that by coming in it takes you back to another era which was not too far away. The post office was slated to come down and go out the day it was taken away from the wing of the Federal Government and Congress and put to compete with companies like Fedex and UPS.— But like Conservatives say the government should not be made to deliver the mail (unless is a letter by a congressman telling what great things 'he' did in the name of the American people with their money).
The US Postal Service is quietly beginning the process of selling off a decades old post office in the heart of Chelsea, shocking neighbors and elected officials who say they were given no notice of the plans.   adamfoxie*
(below By )


The Old Chelsea Station at 217 W. 18th St., which was built in 1937 and landed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, is on the chopping block, the USPS announced in a letter posted in the station.
"The above-referenced property is slated for sale, which will transfer the property out of federal ownership," USPS facilities specialist Ann M. Yarnel wrote in a letter dated Jan. 11 and posted on the foyer of the Chelsea post office.
The roughly 41,600 square foot, two-story Colonial Revival building is known for its iconic red brick facade and limestone interior, along with two relief panels of a bear and a deer carved by artist Paul Fiene in 1938.
The USPS' letter to the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation argues that the sale will have "no adverse affect" on the building's historic value because the postal service will attach a "preservation covenant" with the deed to the property that would require review by the state before any changes are made to the interior lobby or the front facade.
The Postal Service, reeling from a $15.9 billion net loss last year, has been slashing its ties to buildings across the city, including a similarly landmarked post office in The Bronx, as part of a nationwide plan to downsize.
Critics — including local elected officials — said they were blindsided by the news. 
"We should not learn of an impending sale and closure only through a letter to the state agency on Historic Preservation," Congressman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.
"This post office is heavily used and provides a critical service to Chelsea residents, many of whom are seniors or otherwise unable to travel far to conduct postal services."
Nadler, along with other Chelsea elected officials, was in the midst of drafting a letter to the Postal Service urging it not to sell the station, a spokesman said.
According to the letter, the Postal Service intends to give the public 30 days to comment on the plan.
A spokeswoman for the Postal Service did not respond to requests for comment.
For many in the neighborhood, the building's historic importance is secondary to the fact that it's a large, convenient post office within walking distance of their homes and businesses.
"This has huge ramifications for many people," said Lesley Doyel, co-President of Save Chelsea, whose business, like many in the neighborhood, has a P.O. box at Old Chelsea Station.
"It's a very crucial address for a lot of businesses and individuals. Everybody uses this post office."
Dianna Maeurer, who said she only discovered the plan to sell the building last week, said she disagreed with the post office's manner of announcing the closure.
"It's just this one tiny paper taped to a wall," she said, "that's not the way to do it."
Mauerer, who said she visits with friends at the post office and is on a "first-name basis with my postal person," said she's not happy with the USPS' decision.
"I know the staff there. I have friends there," she added.
With the neighborhood swelling in size, Mauerer said it made little sense to shut down its central postal station.
"They build all these buildings, these condos, and they're bringing more people in who are going to need mail, and they want to close this place down?," she said. "How could they even consider such a thing?

December 3, 2012

A Look Back } There is No Way Like The American Way

 Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
During the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937, men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, line up seeking food and clothing from a relief station, in front of a billboard proclaiming, "World's Highest Standard of Living."

During the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937, men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, line up seeking food and clothing from a relief station, in front of a billboard proclaiming, "World's Highest Standard of Living."

Like popular songs and fashions, some photographs have the power to define entire eras. A fatally wounded Robert Kennedy on the floor of a hotel kitchen, a terrified busboy kneeling by his side; a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square in August 1945; a wounded American Marine reaching out to a stricken comrade on a nightmarish, mud-covered hill in Vietnam in 1966. These and other scenes are seared into our collective visual consciousness. And yet, all memories — whether an individual’s, or a nation’s — can be sketchy, fluid things, and not all landmark photos are exactly what they seem.
Case in point: For countless people who lived through the Great Depression, and millions more who know of the pre-war years only through movies, photos, and history books, one image has long seemed to not only capture, but to encapsulate, the period. Margaret Bourke-White’s 1937 picture of African American men, women and children huddled in line before a billboard — on which a car bearing a beaming white family (and their dog!) appears to drive confidently into the future beneath the absurdly ironic slogan, “World’s Highest Standard of Living” — that picture has, for generations, been the Great Depression photo, somehow distilling in one frame the anguish that defined the economic cataclysm of the Twenties and Thirties.
There’s just one catch: Bourke-White’s now-classic photograph, while it was certainly shot during the Great Depression, was in fact originally only one of many images she made while covering a far more particular, localized catastrophe: namely, the devastating Ohio River flood of 1937, which claimed close to 400 lives and left roughly one million people homeless across five states in the winter of that terrible year.
Bourke-White’s picture led off a feature in the February 15, 1937, issue of LIFE magazine that focused on how the flood waters ravaged Louisville, Kentucky, a city, LIFE wrote, that “will henceforth rank with Johnstown in 1889 and Dayton in 1913 among the worst-flooded cities in American history.” LIFE published a half-dozen Bourke-White photos from Louisville in that issue, and while the “American Way” billboard image was, even then, clearly the strongest of the bunch, it’s worth recalling that it was, after all, made during one specific assignment, covering one specific disaster. That it has grown in subsequent decades into an iconic image that epitomizes an entire age perhaps says as much about Bourke-White’s artistry, and LIFE magazine’s influence, as it does about the (understandable) human tendency to look for meaning — or connection, or solace — in what’s before our eyes.
Here, LIFE.com offers some of the photographs Bourke-White made, and that LIFE published, in the aftermath of the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937, as well as a number of equally powerful images from the same assignment — pictures that never made it into the magazine, but that nevertheless commemorate both a great photojournalist and the dignity of people enduring what must have felt, at the time, like an age of unending troubles.
— Ben Cosgrove is the Editor of LIFE.com
life.time.com

October 28, 2012

Get to Know Brooklyn, NY

(To Danny)
Directly across the East River from Manhattan, Brooklyn's charming historic neighborhoods offer an escape from the city yet are just a short trip from Manhattan via subway or the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City condos and Brooklyn real estate include immaculate 19th-century brownstones, Greek Revival and Italianate row houses, quaint converted carriage houses and prewar and postwar apartment buildings can be found in the distinct neighborhoods of this borough. Along the Fulton Ferry Landing, the enchanting Brooklyn Promenade revels in unrivaled panoramic views across the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline, featured in numerous films. Cultural highlights include Prospect Park, a splendid 526-acre treasure designed in a naturalistic scheme by celebrated landscape architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. The Brooklyn Museum of Art is housed in a 19th-century Beaux Arts landmark, and sits near the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a triumph of horticultural design. Other notable cultural assets include the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a venue of cutting-edge performance arts.

October 7, 2012

Einstein Letter Challenging The Idea of God Set for Auction

Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist - Albert Einstein - was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.
“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”
Dubbed Einstein’s “God Letter” by the Los Angeles-based auction agency that's posting it online,  the original document will be up for grabs starting Monday. The opening bid: $3 million.
The letter provides a window into the famed genius's religious beliefs. Einstein wrote it to Jewish philosopher Eric Gutkind, one year before Einstein died, in reaction to Gutkind’s book, “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt.”
“I’ve been managing high profile auctions since 2005, and this is the most historically significant item to come up ... since I’ve been doing auctions,” said Eric Gazin, president of Auction Cause, the group that's organizing the eBay auction.
Einstein was “one of the most brilliant minds to ever live, but so much of what we know is scientific. … As related to God and Judaism, this is so significant. It really lends itself to further study,” Gazin told CNN. “No one even knew this letter existed till recently.”
But Diana Kormos Buchwald, a history professor at the California Institute of Technology and the director of the Einstein Papers Project, says that's not true.
She said copies of this letter, not to mention numerous additional writings reflecting similar sentiments, have been known to researchers and available for decades, both in the Pasadena-based Einstein Papers Project and The Albert Einstein Archives at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The Einstein Papers Project recently published its 13th volume of Einstein’s collected papers.
Einstein, who was raised a secular Jew, was open about his religious views starting in the 1920s, when he became a public figure after winning the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, Buchwald said. And biographers, including Walter Isaacson, have documented Einstein’s faith journey.
“There are no revelations here,” Buchwald said of the so-called God letter. “But it is frank in the sense that there are other writings where he says he understands a need for religion and is not derogatory. … Here he makes his own position very clear.”
In the letter about to be offered on eBay, Einstein drove home his strong opposition to the idea that Jews, or any people, may be “chosen.”
Here’s part of what he wrote, according to the Auction Cause translation:
For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups … I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.
Buchwald, who has dedicated her life to making Einstein’s works available, believes any discussion of historic documents has value, but she is critical of how this letter is being presented.
There are word choices in the translation that she, as a German speaker, would tweak. She also doesn’t get why it’s said to be written on Princeton University letterhead, when a blown-up image shows it wasn't. Einstein wasn’t even employed there, she pointed out; he was with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, not at Princeton.
Though she views such incongruities as "a bit muddy," she said she wishes the auction agency and seller luck. "It's just hype. ... I don't have a horse in this race."
The letter first became fodder for public discussion and mass fascination when the original sold at a London auction in May 2008 and “poured gasoline on the culture wars between science and religion,” The New York Times reported. Back then, it fetched a mere $404,000. Among the bidders who reportedly lost out that time around: big-name atheist and author Richard Dawkins.
Gazin of Auction Cause, which pairs marketing with charities, said the 2008 anonymous buyer sought his group out for the Einstein letter's sale after noting the agency's other successes. Topping the list: the $2.1 million raked in for an October 2007 letter from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and signed by 41 other Democrat leaders, demanding an apology from Rush Limbaugh.
"More than a few” potential buyers have gotten prequalified to enter this upcoming Einstein letter bidding war, Gazin said. He described those expressing interest so far as people in the technology and atheist communities, as well as university and public museums.
At the current owner’s request, Gazin said, an unspecified portion of the letter's proceeds will go to cancer research.
For those not interested in such heady materials, Auction Cause is offering some less profound items on eBay this month: the dress Maria Menounos wore to the Emmys; shoes from Kourtney Kardashian's closet and time with Howard Stern in the shock-jock's studio.


Jessica Ravitz - CNN Writer/Producer

September 22, 2012

Five Historical Figures that Smoked Pot


  • 1
    Place in History
    William Shakespeare was a 16th century English playwright who is widely considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, dramatists of all time. His plays, which include such classics such Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Hamlet, are still performed, adapted, and swooned over today. 

    Place in Marijuana History 
    Researchers found traces of cannabis on clay pipes uncovered in the garden of Shakespeare's home in Stratford-upon-Avon. The pipes dated from the 17th century (Shakespeare died in 1616), so they are contemporary with Shakespeare. And Shakespeare wrote about a "noted weed" in one of his sonnets. I think we can all guess what he was talking about...

    Why It's Awesome
    Remember those plays I mentioned earlier? Those aren't the only ones: Shakespeare also penned A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, and Macbeth. If smoking a bit of grass helped Shakespeare create masterpieces, then stoners everywhere have another reason to assure their parents that they are not, in fact, wasting their lives. I, for one, would love to see a sonnet composed by a contemporary pothead. Shall I compare thee to a Doritos Locos? Thou art more flavorful and delicious.
  • 2
    Place in History
    Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire from 1837 until 1901. She is Britain's longest-ruling monarch and helped guide the country through the changes that came with industrialization and modernization.

    Place in Marijuana History 
    Queen Victoria was an extremely powerful woman, but she was still a woman. Which means that once a month she had PMS, with its annoying aches and pains. Unlike most women, Queen Victoria had a bevy of physicians at her beck and call, all of whom wanted to make their queen comfortable. Which is why her private physician, Sir Russell Reynolds, prescribed marijuana for her menstrual cramps in 1823. Reynolds noted that marijuana was "one of the of the most valuable medicines we possess." Though Queen Victoria probably did not light up, instead drinking a preparation with cannabis, she still took comfort from the drug. 

    Why It's Awesome
    Ever hear of the Victorian era? This is the woman who embodied that repressed time period, during which it was considered scandalous to even say the word "leg" in mixed company. So it is awesome to think that the woman who led a nation in wearing corsets and eschewing all mention of bodily functions was secretly doping in order to cope with her PMS.
  • 3
    Joan of Arc
    Place in History
    In 15th century France, during the 100 Years War, Joan of Arc led French armies to several victories over the British. Joan credited divine guidance as the reason for her success. Joan was eventually captured and handed over to the British, who burned her at the stake in 1431, when she was 19 years old. 

    Place in Marijuana History 
    In 1430-1431, Joan was accused of using "witch drugs," including cannabis. Which means that the source of those guiding voices Joan heard was probably marijuana. 

    Why It's Awesome
    Joan of Arc was an uneducated peasant--not exactly the type of leader you'd expect to find at the head of an army, at least not a successful one. But with some cannabis-flavored inspiration, Joan was able to fight well and kick some English butt. We should all be so lucky to have "herbal" helpers like hers.
  • 4
    Egyptian Pharaohs
    Place in History
    Before there was a United States of America, a British Empire, or even a Roman one, there was Egypt and its pharaohs. The pharaohs presided over a great civilization on the banks of the Nile River. Dynasties in Ancient Egyptian first gained power in 3150 BC and lasted, in varying lines and kingdoms, until 30 BC.

    Place in Marijuana History 
    During their long reign, dynasties of Ancient Egypt started to use cannabis. Cannabis pollen was found on the mummy of one pharaoh, Ramesses IIDetails on medical papyrii describe a multitude of medical uses for marijuana, including treatment for hemorrhoids and sore eyes

    Why It's Awesome
    These guys built the pyramids! Today most people still doesn't fully understand how Ancient Egypt was even able to build the pyramids, but they did it. So if Egyptian Pharaohs felt that using marijuana was a good idea, way back in 2000 BC, maybe we should listen to them instead of Congress--which, by my count, has not built a single f**king pyramid.
  • 5
    Place in History
    George Washington was a general who led the thirteen American colonies in their fight for independence from Britain. After successfully helping America become an independent country, Washington was chosen to be the first president of the United States of America. 

    Place in Marijuana History 
    In addition to his war and presidential duties, George Washington was a tobacco farmer. Washington also cultivated hemp on his Mount Vernon farm--it was his primary crop in 1797. Washington was even interested in the medicinal properties of cannabis, making diary entries that showed he was growing varietals with a high THC content

    Why It's Awesome
    George Washington is one of America's Founding Fathers. We all know he had wooden teeth, chopped down a cherry tree, and couldn't tell a lie. Why don't history textbooks include his hemp cultivation and interest in medical marijuana as well? If nothing else, it would be a great way to make kids excited to learn more about early U.S. history. Isn't helping kids get a well-rounded education the most important thing?
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