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.

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5 Responses to “A right to get high – but only for the devout.”

  1. Mardé Says:

    Yeah, you’ve hit the nail on the head here, Minds. It’s the double absurdity of saying drugs get you closer to god, which is supposed to be ok because all gods are good (not true!), and saying separation of church and state is not violated (which it is because the state is taking sides by allowing the drug use here, and only here). And moreover, as you suggest, think of the literally billions of dollars and lives this country would be saving if it simply legalized “illegal” drugs and emptied out the prisons of the millions of “drug offenders”. But, as is often the case, the easiest and most obvious solutions are the hardest to implement. Again, as I’m sure you’d agree, it’s because of the pernicious effects of religion on the masses. This country is so into God, it’s sickening. If it were into Love first and foremost then to me it wouldn’t matter whether or not it was into God with a capital G or small g. Of course, it’s all into the application, the fine print, and the specific situation where the rubber meets the road. There is a danger perhaps in my over generalizing. But perhaps I digress or am confusing myself with reality? Time to quit while I was ahead.…. over and out, Mardé.

  2. ken Says:

    this is not an “ASHLAND” church the church is from the jungles of Brazil there just happens to be several chapters in the USA. The so called Drug you are talking about is naturally occuring in every living thing on the planet and maybe responsible for the evolution of the human frontal lobe and the reason we think in color. The use of chemical inducement for religious experience is older than any known religion on the planet so stop all this ethnocentric idiocy and get informed not ignorant. Keep your nose out of my religion

  3. ken Says:

    also you really should shut up until you know the truth if you want to meet God this church will help you if you want some bullshit go to the church youve been going to. This is a Shamanistic practice covered by christianity it is definetly real and life changeing you cant go there to “get high” as soon as you are your true motives will be revealed to everyone who is with you and then you will be asked to leave and not allowed to return this happens often at the Ashland Facility I used to live in the area and have several friends who are apart of that church one who was an a vowed atheist for almost 52 years.

  4. Minds Erased Says:

    Ahem. Ken – read some more of my posts. I’m well aware of the use of substances in religious ceremonies, practices and experiences. And yes, truth be told, I’m a little hostile towards religion – but as I’ve stated, it’s because religion gets this cute little pass that says “None shall fuck with us” but if I wanna buy a dimebag for my own personal mind expansion, I can get arrested and go to jail. Go commune with your ‘god’ – I’ll go get stoned and commune with my intellect. Thanks for stopping by.


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