Many a joke has begun with a rabbi, a priest, and an atheist walking into a bar, but in a real-life scenario featuring the unlikely trio, there’s no punchline — just lots of marijuana.
The trio gets along marvelously while discussing religion, the existence of god, and what scripture says about Mary — Jane, that is.
The clip appears to have been filmed in Washington State, where recreational marijuana is legal.
Rabbi Jim Mirel, Reverend Chris Schuller (an Episcopal Priest), and a man named Carlos Dillard — who characterizes himself as an atheist, but whose views in the video appear to be agnostic — sit down to smoke together.
Both the rabbi and priest admit they’ve tried marijuana before, though neither has smoke in years. Carlos, meanwhile, says the last time he smoked was about an hour earlier.
Before partaking, the priest adds that ‘most people who identify as Christian are probably not to down on smoking marijuana’, but ‘notes that there’s no biblical precedent’ allowing or prohibiting it.
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Later, after smoking, Rabbi Mirel says that from his own biblical studies, he believes — as some other scholars do — that there are many instances of people being high in the bible.
‘The anointing oil, as found in the Book of Exodus, had some qualities that would elevate the person, and there is a theory that one of those was oil from a hemp plant,’ he says.
‘Historically, many people who’ve had mystical experiences, I think it’s very likely they were under the influence of some mind-altering substance.’
When they first begin to smoke, the group uses a bong — and Reverend Schuller requires some help from Carlos. After the first hit, they switch to joints. Carlos says with a smile: ‘This is cool, I’m smokin’ with some priests, and a rabbi. Check off my bucket list.’
One of my favourite parts is where Reverend Schuller blesses Carlos in honor of Ash Wednesday
The conversation between the three men becomes retrospective, with Carlos explaining that he grew up ‘really religious’. Though he no longer is, he adds that ‘no one can deny that someone brilliant did this’, indicating he is spiritual or agnostic, but not actually an atheist.
That’s when the debate begins. When Reverend Schuller says all stories and religious boil down to the same things, Carlos chimes in to say ‘there’s no story’, and that scientific discoveries have eliminated the need for religion.
‘Religion… was pretty much astrology. It was a way of humans understanding,’ he says, rattling off a list of questions that he things disprove the existence of a god.
Carlos and Rabbi Mirel then find common group, agreeing on belief that there is life on other planets.
When asked about the legality of weed, the men also seem to agree. Reverend Schuller said he would like to see marijuana laws similar to those governing alcohol, while Rabbi Mirel says if people have a positive experience with it, that’s a good thing.
‘God made dirt, dirt don’t hurt,’ says Carlos, to the laughs of the others. ‘God made weed. Weed don’t make you bleed.’
Toward the end of the clip, the priest notes that it Ash Wednesday, and Carlos allows him to put a cross of ash on his forehead. He then returns the favor.
The rabbi contributes his own blessings in Hebrew before the group takes a last hit apiece.
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