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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Amy Klobuchar's Response Didn't Answer My Questions

Here was my letter sent through her website:

Dear Senator Klobuchar:

I notice that you are proposing $500,000 for Minnesota Teen Challenge. Minnesota Teen Challenge has newsletters which state that Harry Potter books and Pokemon are "satanic" and gateways to drug use. Teen challenge also believes that chemical dependency is a moral and not medical issue.

The group is also discriminatory in their hiring (on the basis of religion among other factors), and is not a group worthy of public, taxpayer dollars. Funding this group is an invitation for lawsuits on the basis of the first amendment.

Please reconsider and withdraw your request for Minnesota Teen Challenge. I would appreciate hearing from you as to why you want to fund a group that believes that the Harry Potter books cause drug use.

Amy Klobuchar proposes cool half million for Teen Challenge.


Gavin Sullivan said...

In fact, almost everyone views chemical dependency as a moral issue. Read through the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions--you'll see that AA's program is quite different from the treatment of malaria or athlete's foot. (Which is not to say AA is worthless--it's simply to acknowledge that it is a moral program.)

lloydletta said...

You don't get the same reaction to heart disease or diabetus - which have lifestyle components.

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