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November 11, 2008


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Erin Graham

Oh Mark, Thank you! I've considered for years that the safe injection site, and the increasing 'harm reduction' rhetoric is essentially a cynical abandonment of the beautiful people. InSite increases the surveillance that drug users are subject to, and gives the message that their lives are worth saving, but NOT worth improving. Wrong. addiction is not inevitable, nor is prostitution. We all deserve much much better than a world. I'd love to talk with you more about this, too.

all the best
Erin Graham

Drew Snider

Brilliant, Mark! It's about time someone (else) started saying what's painfully obvious to anyone who spends any time in the DTES: "harm reduction" is a dismal failure. As one of the pastors at Gospel Mission (right on Pigeon Park, and not to be confused with Union Gospel), I walk past that horrific evidence every day, and I must say, it's a little like that kid who shouted, "The Emperor has no clothes!".

As a Christian, I know that Jesus was not into "harm reduction", but into the whole enchilada: healing, and nothing less. If He'd been into "harm reduction", He would have handed the leper a piece of duct tape, the woman with the "issue of blood" a couple of Maxi-pads and told the demon-possessed man that things could always be worse, so lighten up.

The notion of InSite is that "official" society has given up on drug addicts, judging them as incurable and deciding that since society can't think of anything else, it should simply enable them to keep on doing it. The recurring message we preach at Gospel Mission is that God has NOT given up on them and never will, and all they need to do is reach out to Him.

Those who have given up on these people, I believe, will have some pointed questions to answer.

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