Friday, February 24, 2006

US court backs hallucinogenic tea

because glenda couldn't resist this one......

Members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal in front of the US Supreme Court. The group blends Christian beliefs and South American traditions.

US court backs hallucinogenic tea

A small US congregation can use hallucinogenic tea as part of its rituals to connect with God, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The unanimous decision is the court's first religious freedom case since Chief Justice John Roberts was appointed.

For entire article, go HERE:

Here's Glenda's two cent observation...Look at this picture of happy religiosos. Could they look any more like Christian conservatives in their suits, ties and short hair? Think the courts would still have ruled in favor of their religious tea had they shown up in ponytails and tie-dyed Jerry Garcia tshirts?

Now Glenda herself uses no mind-altering substances, other than the occasional genuflection at the altar of the Church of the sacred Margarita, being determined to milk every last brain cell she still possesses. However, the intention one has when using scheduled drugs seems to be the key issue here.
1. If one is getting high on controlled substances to find God, court says constitutionally it's OK.
2. If one is getting high on controlled substances to deal with medical issues, like cancer, court frowns, and says federal laws trump state laws since it contends this is not established medical practice.
3. If one is getting high to escape their bleak life under right-wing loony tune rule of law, or as a sleep aid, or to avoid depression or panic attacks, or just because it feels good, one is a criminal.

What is acceptable in our law is very clear. The framers of the constitution were rightly concerned about religious freedom, but hedonism has never been acceptable in this country unless one is very rich. And the rich can pretty much do whatever they want without legal consequences in most cases. I mean, last time I checked, OJ was still on the golf course, not in prison.

So this ruling could have some interesting social effects. Glenda proposes that those who want to get high for whatever reason should just join this church. That should empty the prisons and let us use those resources for things like funding our schools.


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