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A How-To Guide to Shooting Heroin -- Finally!

In New York City, the Department of Health has sparked controversy and outrage by spending more than $32,000 on 70,000 pamphlets that show addicts how to properly heat heroin, find a vein, inject it, and find and discard needles appropriately. The city claims this move is aimed at decreasing infections of HIV and other diseases by heroin addicts.

I wish I could say I am surprised, but given the “public health” measures in sex education, which also claim to reduce disease and increase public health, I'd expect nothing less. Instead of deterring bad behavior, people with this mentality choose to assume the worst in human nature and reduce our self-control to that of purely pleasure-seeking animals. The city, and some in the public health field, claim the pamphlet does not encourage the use of illegal drugs, but instead just shows people how to take them safely if they do choose to partake. But others, such as special agents from the DEA and NYC Councilmen, stand firmly against the pamphlets.

If the heroin pamphlet idea makes you sick—and it should—then we must understand that any bad idea policy idea that does not get squashed by our elected officials, and those that they appoint, gets replicated in other places. When “sex without consequences” advocates started converting people to their unethical ideology, some brushed it aside and dismissed it. This how-to guide on heroin injection is a byproduct of such apathy.

Rumor has it that next week NYC will come out with a how-to guide for arsonists. Severe burns from igniting combustibles are a growing problem, and instructions would likewise increase public health.  Sounds ludicrous, does it not? Well, it is—it's just a joke. I made it up. But it makes about as much sense as the real pamphlet. 

Rather than investing money in deterring criminal, immoral, and deadly behavior, NYC has instructed people on how to commit crime and self-destructive behavior “by the book.” When fighting evil, we must understand that each and every battle is important. Because when you lose one battle, other battles are likely lost before they even happen.
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    (This is not uncommon for writers. After spending time hanging out at Georgetown studying journalism, I can testify that MANY of my colleagues there have followed similar circular trajectories. And there also, by the grace of God, go I).

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    Heart pain + No clear glimpses of God = A long, dry desert.

    So what’s the plan? What do you do? How do we make it through when it feels like He no longer sees or cares about us?
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