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June 2018
in response to the article entitled In 2016, the First Legal Ayahuasca Church Got Shut Down. Was it a Scam?

Want to know if your religion is true? Ask the DEA.




Concerning the DEA's banning of psychedlic therapies and religion, written in response to the article by Sarah Laskow entitled In 2016, the First Legal Ayahuasca Church Got Shut Down. Was it a Scam? on Atlas Obscura, September 2016.

The real scam is the one perpetrated by the DEA when they outlaw a substance that is non-addictive, difficult to use "recreationally," and has real therapeutic value based on hundreds of years' worth of cultural evidence. Meanwhile, the DEA has nothing to say about highly addictive SSRI antidepressants and alcohol that kills tens of thousands in the States annually. BIG PHARMA and liquor are well protected by the DEA. The DEA is not saving lives. The DEA is ruining lives -- witness the millions of addicts to the modestly effective SSRI's, for which DEA refuses to permit even the research of psychedelic alternatives, even though LSD, for instance, single-handedly cured alcoholism in a large percentage of test patients in the 1950s, as per Bill Wilson, founder of AA. Even if the people in the story are scammers, they are small potatoes compared to the massive fraud being perpetrated on depressed and anxious Americans by the power-hungry and ethnologically uninformed DEA.

How the DEA has powers that even the Inquisition might have envied

The Atlas Obscura article to which this article responds reports that the DEA considers religious use exceptions to drug laws on a case-by-case basis. Consider the absurdity of this state of affairs:

The DEA is therefore arbiter of whether one's religion is genuine. Funny, I did not know we had distinguished philosophers who could agree on such definitions, let alone bureaucrats and pen pushers in the US government.

I can see the classified ads now for the relevant DEA positions:

DEA Seeking Demigod to Rule on the Validity of so-called "religions." Must be willing and able to evince inflexible certainty on a topic that the world's greatest thinkers have disagreed about for millennia; namely what constitutes a true religion.









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