A right to get high – but only for the devout.
March 28, 2009
Boy, I am really torn on this one, folks. A judge has decided that it’s legally OK to take drugs if you believe in the god of an Ashland, OR church.
By now, readers of this blog are quite familiar with my views on both religion and drug legalization. Why the world had to go and combine these two bits of fuckery is beyond me at the moment, but, ah shit, c’est la vie.
So, let me get this straight – if I espouse to believe in god, and show up at the doorsteps of the Church of the Holy Light of the Queen, I can get some tea laced with dimethyltryptamine? Damn, almost sounds like it’s worth signing up for!
I read in the Oregonian that “[t]he church, which blends Christian and indigenous religious beliefs in Brazil, uses tea brewed from the ayahuasca plant in their services” and “the tea is the central ritual and sacrament of the religion where members believe ‘only by taking the tea can a church member have direct experience with Jesus Christ’.”
Yeah, we’ve heard that type of shit before, right? From your favorite pot-head friends? “Dude, this shit helps me, you know, think and stuff, expand my mind and shit.” Don’t misunderstand me – the drug laws in this country should be swept out the door, which would allow your favorite pot-head friend to get high at his own leisure without unnecessary fear of retribution, would clean up the jails and would free up the police to pursue real criminals, like pedophile priests.
So why should the religious wackos get to have some hallucinogenic fun while us non-believers get busted for buying, selling or possessing the same shit? On the one hand, I am thrilled that the courts are seeing a reason why drug laws should be circumvented (we non-religious devotees have been screaming this from the hilltops for years). But on the other hand, we’re seeing that, because we’re all so terrified to stand up to religion, we just bend the rules, hand out a free pass and call it the Religious Freedom Restoration Act so that the Native Americans can have their peyote and these hippy dippies in Oregon can have their Daime tea. Fine, let ‘em have it, I say, but I also say, let us all have access to the same mind expansion without having to believe in gods and spirits and other imaginary creatures. One Oregonian reader’s comment to the online story stated that the only hallucination here is a separation of church and state. Amen to that.