The theocrats advance

When are Republican politicians going to start speaking out?

Pat Robertson says judges are more of a menace than al-Qaeda.

The Air Force Academy, under a fundamentalist superintendant, has created a hostile environment for all non-fundamentalists.

The Family Research Council opposes the development of a vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus because protection against a sexually-transmitted virus that can cause cancer would encourage sexual activity.

And not a single leading Republican politician, including Rudi Guiliani, whom Robertson virtually endorsed for President — has anything critical to say about any of it. (The living ones, that is: Barry Goldwater spoke out clearly a quarter of a century ago.)

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: