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Supreme Court OKs Hallucinogenic Tea
Associated Press ^ | February 21, 2006 | Gina Holland

Posted on 02/21/2006 7:42:06 AM PST by AntiGuv

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a small congregation in New Mexico may use hallucinogenic tea as part of a four-hour ritual intended to connect with God.

Justices, in their first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts, moved decisively to keep the government out of a church's religious practice. Federal drug agents should have been barred from confiscating the hoasca tea of the Brazil-based church, Roberts wrote in the decision.

The tea, which contains an illegal drug known as DMT, is considered sacred to members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal, which has a blend of Christian beliefs and South American traditions. Members believe they can understand God only by drinking the tea, which is consumed twice a month at four-hour ceremonies.

New Justice Samuel Alito did not take part in the case, which was argued last fall before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor before her retirement. Alito was on the bench for the first time on Tuesday.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
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1 posted on 02/21/2006 7:42:07 AM PST by AntiGuv
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To: AntiGuv

And suddenly the Church finds it's got hundreds more parishoners in their seats wishing to "convert"


2 posted on 02/21/2006 7:44:10 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: AntiGuv; Blurblogger; scott7278

Hmmmm does this open the door to any group, under the guise of religion, that wants to include illegal drugs into their relgious practices?


3 posted on 02/21/2006 7:44:58 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: apackof2

Let's just hope it doesn't open the door to "religious" groups who's stated goal is to convert us or kill us.


4 posted on 02/21/2006 7:45:53 AM PST by Leatherneck_MT (An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.)
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To: apackof2
Hmmmm does this open the door to any group, under the guise of religion, that wants to include illegal drugs into their relgious practices?

I'd say so. Libertarians across the nation should be weeping with joy at this.

5 posted on 02/21/2006 7:46:37 AM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: AntiGuv
O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal

¿ Church of the holy vegetable spirit?

6 posted on 02/21/2006 7:46:42 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: apackof2

Hmmmm does this open the door to any group, under the guise of religion, that wants to include illegal drugs into their relgious practices?

I'd guess the group would have to establish a history of having used the illegal drug specifically and exclusively for religious practices.

7 posted on 02/21/2006 7:48:06 AM PST by ml1954 (NOT the disruptive troll seen frequently on CREVO threads)
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To: AntiGuv

Watch allot of "converts" claim this for their illegal drug use. People know NO lows when it comes to illegal drugs.


8 posted on 02/21/2006 7:49:24 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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To: AntiGuv

Good...actually it all should be legalized.Let them cull themselves.


9 posted on 02/21/2006 7:50:11 AM PST by TShaunK
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To: apackof2

The question will probably rest on whether the religion predates the regulation. This could be a precedent regarding multiple wives and Mormonism, etc. But if we moved back to the original understanding, a state legislature could ban the practice, if necessary.


10 posted on 02/21/2006 7:50:45 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: apackof2

No different than the Indians who get to use peyote in their practices.

There's a pretty high standard --- have to show historical use, tradition, etc.

A church of the "Magical Mystery Weed" with a Rev. who got ordained from a church he found the back of High Times magazine probably wouldn't cut it.


11 posted on 02/21/2006 7:51:03 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: theDentist; Cagey; MotleyGirl70

"So, Mr. Costanza, why do you wish to convert to O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal?"

"I think it's the tea."


12 posted on 02/21/2006 7:51:27 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: ml1954

"a blend of Christian beliefs and South American traditions"

So can anyone hybrid these faiths? Is it enough to cite the Brazilian tradition? Where does a person's "religion" begin?


13 posted on 02/21/2006 7:51:42 AM PST by weegee ("...the left can only take power through deception" -W. Chambers, former mem of Communist Party USA)
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To: Larry Lucido

"... And the hats."


14 posted on 02/21/2006 7:52:08 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Church of the Holy Leafy Vegetable Substance.


15 posted on 02/21/2006 7:52:51 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: AntiGuv

Soon to open near you: Church of the Spirit Bong....


16 posted on 02/21/2006 7:55:00 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?")
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To: cotton1706

Another question, could a person be denied employement for failing a drug test because of "religious drug use"?


17 posted on 02/21/2006 7:55:02 AM PST by weegee ("...the left can only take power through deception" -W. Chambers, former mem of Communist Party USA)
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To: MeanWestTexan
I see but check out post #10

Raises another issue

18 posted on 02/21/2006 7:56:45 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: apackof2

Well, it is illegal to give alcohol to minors, but in many churches kids get wine at communion.


19 posted on 02/21/2006 7:58:38 AM PST by conserv13
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Well, it is illegal to give alcohol to minors, but in many churches kids get wine at communion.

People still get wine at communion? We get grape juice.

20 posted on 02/21/2006 8:01:02 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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