We petition the Congress and the President of the United States of America to take action to reestablish, unequivocally, the rights of individuals to worship in accordance to the tenets of their religions and the laws of their gods without the fear of secular interference. Freedom of religion is enshrined in our constitution yet the witch or shaman who uses marijuana, peyote or any other substance prescribed to him or her by the Deities risks being jailed and censured. This is not freedom of religion. We petition for clarification, in the form of a law which will reassert constitutional preeminence over administrative policy, we wish for passage of a law that will deny the State the ability to bar or prohibit the members of any religion or belief system from exercising their right to the use of those substances or drugs mandated to them by their deities or beliefs.
In this era of change one thing has become very clear, to effect change, one must recognize where change is needed. We are guaranteed the right to choose and pursue our religion free from State interference, and for long this was easy to ensure in America as the dominant religion, Christianity, doesn't use entheogens. Others, however, do. Many of the religions that are practiced in America today are known of as "New Age" or "Earth" religions. The believers in these religions do use drugs, often as a form of sacrament, to aid in their worship or as a means of coming nearer to the Deity they worship and seek guidance from.
This has been prohibited, however, since the inception of the Drug war. The courts have ruled that the use of drugs for religious purposes must give way to the enforcement of zero tolerance policies. Often, it seems as though the Court rules grudgingly, the air of their rulings is one of "We'd like to rule according to the Constitution, but if we do, it will destroy the Administrations policies on illicit Drugs."
This is intolerable, a right is a right, granted by the Deity. The State should not be able to decide that the practices or tenets of one religion are "Good" and protect them while those of another are deemed "bad" and it's practitioners jailed. The way things stand in America today, if your Gods or beliefs dictate that you use a drug the State does not approve of, then you are supposed to tell your Gods no or risk imprisonment and censure. Please, as our representatives take action to insure that the State staya out of religion.