Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Want to drink hallucinogenic tea in church?

The Supreme Court says it's okay!
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.
If your teenager gets caught with pot and says that he was only smoking it so he could "understand God better," now you'll know why.

(Not so) Misc. info: SCOTUS has five Catholics (Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito), two Jews (Breyer, Ginsburg), one Episcopalian (Souter), and one "Protestant" (Stevens).

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