I live in a country that hold as one of it's most fundemental tenants that all people shall be able to practice religion as they see fit, without fear of persecution. Yet in this country there is one religious tradition that has been considered wholly exempt from this protection. The followers of this religion are made criminals, facing prosecution, the seizure of their lands and property and their very liberty.
These are followers of what is arguably the longest standing practice of spirituality; universal and ancient beyond estimate.
The use of psychoactive substances to catalyze communion with the divine is the most widespread and time honored traditions, found in every land across every time.
How can a country deem itself home to freedom of religion when each and every plant given to us by the earth is outlawed, it's adherants deemed outside the protection of their homeland, and open to religious persecution beyond any seen on this soil?
The earth gives us her bounty everywhere that we may eat and gain direct gnosis.
In the rainy lands she gave us mushrooms, growing in our own back yards--yet if we pluck her bounty we are criminals. In the harsh desert she gave us the cacti, demonized and allowed only a few based on ethnicity, which they fought for. South of us she gives the death vines and diviners sage. This last is our last remaining gift that has not been completely taken from us by the inquisition. But even now it is on it's way into the fires.
We need a movement demanding our freedom to commune with the divine be given back to us. To end the hypocrisy that all forms of communing with the spirit are valid and equal EXCEPT THIS ONE.
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