Derek commented on my last post that, contrary to Ken Starr’s assertion, it’s not entirely obvious that “bong hits 4 jesus” is a pro-drug statement, noting that “Jews for Jesus doesn’t seem to be a blatantly pro-Jewish message.” This in turn got me wondering about the phrase’s origin. If you Google “bong hits 4 Jesus,” nearly every entry that comes up refers to the case, and many of these stories assume that the plaintiff, Joseph Frederick, came up with this motto. But some further sleuthing definitively shows this not to be true.
I found a website that sells “Bong hits 4 Jesus!” bumper stickers which include not only the phrase but also a picture of, what else, Jesus taking a bong hit. Did the people at the website got the idea from the
Note, though, that the placement of the sticker on a VW van at a Grateful Dead concert is about as clear proof as one could require in this life for the proposition that Bong Hits 4 Jesus is a PRO-drug statement. And no, Ken Starr, if you use that fact in your merits brief or in the oral argument, you don’t need to credit me for the research. Knowledge is its own reward.