Southern Baptist Convention

WHEREAS, The drug problem is a complex and intricately interrelated phenomenon in our society, now including a widespread misuse of valuable prescription products, a broad spectrum of unscientific self-medication, a deeply implanted custom of cigarette smoking, deeply entrenched customs of drinking alcohol beverages, and an alarmingly developing culture involving marijuana and other illegal drugs, and

WHEREAS, This pervasive drug orientation of our culture is resulting in widespread social disruption and destruction of life by cancer, emphysema, coronary heart disease, accidents, alcoholism and other drug addiction, and is a factor in other serious social problems such as crime, family disruption, industrial waste, and automobile accidents, and

WHEREAS, Basic factors now recognized as perpetuating the drug approach to life are commerical promotion of alcohol, tobacco, and over-the-counter drugs; glamorization of the use of alcohol and tobacco; social pressures for smoking, drinking, and other drug usage; and widespread ignorance of accurate information pertinent to personal usage of these drugs, and

WHEREAS, Contemporary efforts of government, church, civic groups, and other independent agencies are failing to cope effectively with the drug orientation of our culture.

Therefore, be it RESOLVED, that we encourage the Congress--also such agencies as Food and Drug Administration; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Department of Environmental Control; Federal Communications Commission; Office of Consumer Affairs; Federal Trade Commission; Office of the Attorney General; and the Office of the President--to take action to control advertising of alcohol, tobacco, and other addictive drugs which perpetuate the drug orientation of the culture, and

Be it further RESOLVED, that we call for the broadcast possible offensive to be mounted to restrain commercial promotion of all such products, and

Be it further RESOLVED, that we pledge our cooperation with others to neutralize social pressures and minimize glamorization of drug usage, and

Be it further RESOLVED, that preventive education in the homes, the churches, and the schools be strongly encouraged, and

Be it further RESOLVED, that the Christian Life Commission be encouraged to work diligently with appropriate agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention to publicize this position and to encourage cooperation with others seeking these same objectives.


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