With all the cases that the US Supreme Court has refused to hear, now they have decided to hear and decide whether the federal government must allow the U.S. branch of a Brazilian-based religion to import a hallucinogenic tea for use as a sacrament.
This would actually tend to make sense as many believe that with some of their rulings lately, like removing the death penalty option from minors, that the SCOTUS have actually been drinking Hallucinogenic Tea.
The high court agreed to review a U.S. appeals court ruling that said the government could not prohibit the sacramental use of the tea because of a 1993 religious freedom law.
The U.S. Justice Department said that under the ruling the government must allow the importation and possession of hoasca tea for religious services, even though it contains an illegal, controlled substance that can be potentially dangerous.
There is something seriously wrong in this country. Under the cry of “separation of church and state” we have religious and historical symbols like the 10 Commandments taken out of Court Houses. Yet, it would appear that Courts have no problems with Non-traditional religions to allow illegal substances to be brought into the US in the name of a religious sacrament.
So what’s next? Anyone can form a religion and have as their sacrament the date-rape drug? How in God’s name is a law written that would protect religious freedom at the expense of the harm to individuals? What part about the fact that the ingredients in the tea are banned substances in the US? Why does it appear that the only time the Courts interpret such a law is when there is a perversion of the intended meaning of protecting religions? I hardly think it is right to allow one law at the breaking of another.