March 23, 2009

More religion/drug news

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March 25, 2009
Mexican officials in Nuevo Laredo have destroyed more than 35 statues dedicated to a "Death Saint" popular with drug traffickers.
The statues, most depicting a robe-covered skeleton resembling the Grim Reaper, lined highways and roads in and around the Mexican city on the border with Texas.
The Catholic Church doesn't recognize this "saint". However, it's an interesting example of local traditions and Catholicism blending together.

This link has a very good video on the subject. The embedded video (below) is a trailer from a documentary.

March 20, 2009
A judge ruled that an Oregon church can use a hallucinogenic tea for its religious services.
The church, which blends Christian and indigenous religious beliefs in Brazil, uses tea brewed from the ayahuasca plant in their services. The tea contains trace amounts of the chemical dimethyltryptamine or DMT.
The ayahuasca's Wikipedia entry has instructions on how to extract DMT from the plant.

A church in Arizona wasn't as lucky.
July 9, 2006
Members of the Church of Cognizance in Pima, Arizona, deified the use marijuana until federal authorities charged them with possessing 172 pounds of their leafy green sacrament. Church founders Dan and Mary Quaintance say they smoked, ate or drank marijuana daily as a way of becoming more spiritually enlightened.

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