State continues to deny Rastafarians access to their sacrament


ALTHOUGH enshrined in the SA Bill of Rights, freedom of religion continues to apply exclusively to those religions with an orthodox base. The result is that Rastafarians continue to be denied their holy sacrement – dagga also known as marijuana. This is not a rant about the joys of ganga. Rather, it is an attempt to enlighten those who sse prohibition as the only solution. Would Catholics for example, be outraged if the state banned communion, or holy mass as an attempt to “intoxicate”?

Would Jews and Muslims be upset by the outlawing of circumcision as “child mutilation”? There are many laws which apply to civil society that have no place in a religious context. Psychedians, those who advocate the use of “mind-manifesting” drugs — are beginning to move away from the wholesale demand for access (within a grey area mapped out by calls for decriminalisation instead of outright legalisation), towards an entheogenic approach which recognizes social context. The worldwide trend towards a more sober appraisal of the popular use of illicit substances, — the specific mindset and environmental settings needed to create a true religious experience — recognises the need for ekstasis and entheos, i.e. religeous ecstasy and enthusiasm.

Taken within a religious context, marijuana may well be the holy sacrament missing from traditional religion. The same argument has been used to justify the use of peyote by the Native American Church, and other “medicines” deployed by indigenous healers, within the culturally appropriate context of shamanism.

Why then do we still see marches by Rastafarians, demanding rights that Christians take for granted? A recent demonstration in Cape Town was reported by Die Burger.

Rastas betoog, ‘voel nog nie bevry’ Rastafarian’s protest, “we don’t feel free” also, demand to free ganga prisoners

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  1. christopher robin garrish

    MAY PEACE SURROUND YOU AND YOURS
    RSA MAY WELL BE THE CRUCIAL FERTILE GROUND FOR THE INITIATION OF GLOBAL LEGALIZATION, AND A RESURGENT HEMP ARGICULTURE. REAL CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.
    OUR FAITH GETS THE POLICE STATE TREATMENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA – CANADA IS NO LONGER A FREE NATION HAVING BEEN ABSORBED INTO THE TERRITORY OF THE SUPRA-GOVERNMENT DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (thought police whipped by so-called Christian Fundamentalist greed freaks who control the political process in the Homeland of Fascism). AS YOU MAY KNOW CATHOLIC POWER IS DEEP AND WIDE IN CANADA AND THE US PRESIDENT MUST APPEASE A POWERFUL LOBBY GROUP WHICH HAS SOUGHT TO DENIGRATE AND MISPREPRESENT THE MEMORY OF HIM HAILE SELLASSIE I AND EVERYTHING HE ACCOMPLISHED. WHY? BECAUSE HIS MAJESTY AND ETHIOPIAN PATRIOTS FOUGHT ITALIAN CATHOLICS THAT TRIED TO MURDER, RAPE AND PILLAGE ETHIOPIA WHILE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS FROM PIUS XII TO DESTROY THE COPTIC CHURCH AND ANYONE UNWILLING TO SUBMIT TO ROMAN DOMINATION. HISTORY DOES REMEMBER REGARDLESS OF HOW HARD THE HOLY SEE WORKS TO COVER IT UP.

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