From: "Alan Gordon" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: church? Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2002 15:57:17 -0400
I'm a religious user of marijuana, but I'm not a Rastafarian. I do not belong to a registered church, because registration invites persecution. I can document a 10-year religious practice, with witnesses, articles about my religion published under my name, etc.
Do you have nay info on how to establish the bona-fide-ness of my religion, even though I don't belong to a formal church?
I cannot believe, in light of constitutional separation of church and state, that the government requires governmental registration in order to offer protection.
I'm facing 20 for 32 plants...any info you can provide is helpful.
I may ask you for an affidavit stating that your religious practice is not Rastafarian, but uses marijuana sacramentally.
From: dan&mary [email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 8:05 AM To: Alan Gordon
Hi, Alan. As soon as I seen the E-mail the name rang a bell as to an Alan Gordon that was around a professor Hinkley in PA and also came out with a Marijuana License. If you are this Alan I can say you most definitely qualify to consider yourself an Initiate Cogniscenti in the Church Of Cognizance; in fact I may have discussed it with you around that period in the newsgroups. Initiate members just like in all other religions are not required to register for membership until their heart tells them it's time to move up the ranks, damn the torpedo’s, and head up the creek of persecution for spreading the message of the religious establishment they have chosen.
In America there is no requirement that a person be able to prove membership in an established religion in order to declare they practice the religion they have chosen to follow; as such it would be a violation of equal rights, and establishment clauses to require others to do so. The Church Of Cognizance was established by making a "DECLARATION OF RELIGIOUS SENTIMENT" that included the naming of, beliefs, and as much other info as I was aware of at the time of recording. This declaration was recorded 8-12-94 in MISC., docket no. 481 pages 81-96 at Graham County Recorders Office, Safford, Arizona [SEE OUR SINCE AMMENDED BELIEFS AT THE BOTTOM]
However as it sounds, you have discovered the police, prosecutors, and justices all believe that a person should prove in writing their chosen faith was entered into prior to persecution, in order to show that the person is not just claiming it as a defense; in order to do that which is only granted those persons demonstrating the use necessary to, and inseparable from, a bona fide religious mode of worship....
To answer your Question regarding Rastafarianism we are not adherents to the tenants of this belief. (Though we believe in examining the doctrines and covenants of all faiths in order to gain deeper knowledge into how the seed of life, that provides all needs of life, became so obscure and demonized).
Even though the Rastafarians have lot's of decisions in the higher courts recognizing their rights to use Marijuana in religion it seems the Rasta’s went just a little to far in doing things, but in reality they just didn't explain the necessity of such action in the lower courts or they in reality did not get enough issues surrounding their mode of worship out in the lower courts. Once the matter is in the upper levels of appeal where no more evidence may be entered the justices have to go on what is in front of them and thereby make rulings like Guam v. Guerrero, where the court ruled they had the rights to use marijuana but nothing demonstrated they had to smuggle it as a function of their religion, or in Kansas v. McBride they didn't need to grow 80 some odd plants to practice their religion... there was nothing in the lower courts mentioned why they needed to grow so many plants, and of course we have the early 9th Circuit opinion under the RFRA the Rasta’s didn't need to sell it to practice their religion. Even though the Peyotist (same drug schedule) have licensed dealers in Texas that roadmen purchase from and sell to the individual adherents of the peyote religion, all with the blessing of Statutes protecting their actions; and then there is the churches with their tithe for the wine and bread they have to foot the bill for, but we are expected to purchase and then give away our sacrament, the herb (oops we're not even supposed to give it away)..dah dah dah
Our beliefs are simple, and find root in one of the world’s most ancient religious manuscripts,
The Avesta that dates to between 2800 B.C. and 1000 B.C. and is believed to be the progenitor of later religions that eventually let to Judaism and Christianity.
1. Our religion has no Wiley preachers twisting words of ancient manuscripts to fit the needs of the moment. Ancient wisdom found in the Avesta of the Zorastrians instructs us of this premise in the Hymn to Marijuana. (Avestan it is Hom Yahst) the followers need no wiley preachers because marijuana teaches one directly from it's gentle touch of inspiration to forewarning us of maligners, thieves and bludgeon bearers. For this Marijuana is our Teacher.
2. Our religion further believes Marijuana is the provider in that it provides not only man, but also birds and beast of burden, with all the needs of life; short of the earth and water we must provide marijuana in return.
3 Our religion considers Marijuana the protector not only for the insight of forewarning but for the healing and life extending properties passed to the cultivator that consumes of the gracious God/Plant/Sacrament.
The Church Of Cognizance is composed of Individual Orthodox Member Monasteries that are Family Oriented Monastic Orders all united via the Cultural Information Center of the Church Of Cognizance.
IOMM's Believe; that the use of the Sacred Herb Cannabis increases cognizance, promotes tranquility, extends longevity, promotes health, and welfare.
The religious use of this Gracious Herb produces "Good thoughts", "Good Words", "Good Deeds"; none of which is harmful to the peace, safety, welfare, or morals, of society in general.
A copy of The Hom Yasht further translated by myself, by replacing all instances of the nomen HAOMA with the modern nomen Marijuana can be seen on the web at http://coc.enlightener.net/coc/articles/y9to11s.htm go right to chapter 10 then go back over it all.
In the next week or two I should have complete membership packages available for download that will include the Declaration, Sanctuary Notices, Membership cards, Plant tags, FLAGS, BANNERS and all other indicia common to religious establishments.
Until then please keep in touch and don't worry that becoming a member of our website could be used against you; because I’m sure before all is said and done there will be members of the government not only joining the website to gain access to more areas, but also some may join the Church to see what we discuss in the inner sanctuaries of the website that is reserved to members of the Church, and other areas dedicated to various levels of Cogniscenti.
Please respond if this has been helpful, or not, and we invite you to join us in the joyful spreading of the SEED OF TRUTH.
From: Alan Gordon [firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 8:39 AM To: dan&mary Subject: Re: wHeeed
Thanks and Praise!
Your prompt reply is much appreciated.
Yes, I am that Alan Gordon, formerly of the marijuana license. the licensing project was discontinued after the US SUp Ct anti- med-pot ruling (and after I was held in jail without bail for two weeks, disallowed from filing even habeus proceedings, and beaten by guards for refusing to eat pork). I pled nolo in order to secure my release. My sentence for felony delivery (I was running a buyer's club once/week for one hour on a street corner in front of police) was 14 days probation, credited as time served. The DA returned all the cash seized upon my promise to leave the state of PA.
I now reside in Athens GA, where I repeatedly (and unsuccessfully) tried to turn myself in for felony manufacture in order to have my case adjudicated.
Then, this year, when the national DARE conference was in town, the po-po needed a scapegoat to distract the visiting police from a scandal or two brewing in the local media, so the GA Bureau of Investigation and local vice squad set a whirlybird down in my yard after hovering for an hour, pretending that they had "accidentally" seen my pot (impossible), and seized 32 plants, some non-prohibited sacrament (a powerful psychedelic called salvia divinorum) and a Jewish magazine which had nothing to do with drugs. During interrogation, the head of the vice unit made repeated NAZI jokes. I will sue the city regardless of the criminal verdict, since my family was all but obliterated by the NAZI regime, and I am suffering PTSD from the incident.
Case looks good for an RLUIPA defense -- the police can hardly argue compelling interest -- not only did they fail to arrest me for planting weed on courthouse steps here (1997), or for sending letter to DA explaining my cultivation (2000), they also failed to arrest their own vice chief when he was caught stealing drugs, destroying evidence against his girlfriend, and obstructing investigations into his meth-dealing friend. He was merely asked to step down and retired with a fat pension.
Likewise, the state will have a difficult time arguing that their prohibition of my religion was done in the "least restrictive means possible: they should have arrested me when I turned myself in rather than waiting for the DARE conference; they should not have seized non-prohibited items of worship (the Jewish magazine and the legal drug, salvia, which I use to commune with the Virgin Mary).
I'm really looking forward to trial and proceedings -- case will be fun. I intend to use the police blunders as leverage on the DA -- conviction will be difficult to impossible for him, and so he may be pressured into changing the way drug-dependents (religious or otherwise) are handled in this community. Overwhelmingly, statistics show that forced "treatment" is ineffective, and I am in no way opposed to accepting a probation as long as I am allowed to continue my worship without sanction, since I am not a person who commits and crimes that could cause probation to be revoked.
Or, the DA can suffer the embarrassing loss, and risk blowing a hole in the pot laws here in a college town. If the DA attempts to drop the case, I will ask the court not to let him -- this case is not only ripe for adjudication, it is OVER-ripe -- I've been trying to turn myself in for several years.
So that's the good news from here.
Do y'all believe in reincarnation? I believe I harassed the same DA (in the PA case where I pled nolo) in two consecutive lives -- after I walked into a PA judge's office with 160 live plants in 1997, the DA told me I reminded him of a young man who did the same thing (but with only one plant) in the late 1960's, who then killed himself while on probation, just before my own birth in this lifetime.
This makes me very un-afraid of death. If I get hit by a bus tomorrow, I'll just keep coming back until the stuff is legal for everyone who needs it :)
Thanks again for your prompt reply. My best wishes for the best legal status you can enjoy.
May I have your permission to put this exchange in the general forum of our website so others can see that there truely are crusaders for our cause. and that we just keep on ticken..We have also faced the onslaught of gestapo; in 84 up in washington, we have never quit our beliefs, or mode of worship, regardless of the numerous later unsuccessful attempts to punish us as results of Government invasion of our home and property. If we can be of assistance in your case be assured we offer our support as we also are ready to see the end of this outlandish prohibition.... WHAT DO THEY THINK WOULD BECOME OF EARTH IF ALL MARIJUANA WAS ERADICATED...I PREDICT DESOLATION BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY PLANT THAT PROTECTS ITSELF FROM THE UV AND ALL OTHER PLANTS WOULD SOON BEGIN SUFFERING AS WE DO....
May peace be with you
dan of dan&mary’s Monastery-HEMPorium
Founder and Cogniscenti of the
Church Of Cognizance
Token partners for 30 years _________________________________________________________________
From: Alan Gordon [email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 9:07 AM To: dan&mary Subject: Re: wHeeed
Well now i have found some i can relate too and I see you are from PA, or GA i'm from Ca grond zero of protests and now I feel like I can do some for what you all have and yes i'm of the same beliefs and just have THC Ministry Kit to help if and when I need it but the people on the street need all we can give and more as I spread the word and hope. too all peace, love, and joy when we do get it. krys weaver AKA=Missionary krys
Dan, You mentioned above.. "In the next week or two I should have complete membership packages available for download that will include the Declaration, Sanctuary Notices, Membership cards, Plant tags, FLAGS, BANNERS and all other indicia common to religious establishments."
Is that available on your site now? If so could you tell me where to find it. I find the information ive already seen quite interesting and was wanting to see the package you described above.
Hi Chaz, Sorry for the delay in answering I just got around to checking the account that notifies me of activity in this forum.
Formatting for printing, so all will come out as intended, has been difficult for us on our limited budget in both time and money but I am nearly done and hopefully if I keep at this really important task I will have it in the next few days.
So far here are a couple of links to .pdf files that are still subject to change but are workable for use...
A declaration of belief is probably one of the most important defense items to have. It should be Notarized to make it admissible as evidence of your pre-existing beliefs (and the ultimate would be to record at your county recorders office because this is a way of obtaining certified copies if something were to happen to the original plus it is what in law is called raising a flag to put the world on notice) http://coc.enlightener.net/coc/documents/declaration.pdf
I am working on an online version, so far it will send me the information so I can put it in the database, you can use it to get the info to me fast but for now I would prefer to have a snail-mail copy sent to the address shown so we have a valid signature on file. http://enlightener.net/enroll
This is pretty cool and a good idea: "Mary and I occasionally make some Ceramic Ornamentation for the Church Of Cognizance that depicts articles used for thousands of years in our religion http://coc.enlightener.net/coc/documents/pipes.pdf" Those look cool. You guys sell them on a website anywhere maybe? Ive suggested before that THCM should make some or have stickers to place on some. Great idea you kids have here.
Anyway thanks again. I look forward to any updates you might make. Also if there is a fix for the broken link that you know of id like ot see it.
I just ran across this interview with Robert Melamede a research scientist that verifies the avesta claim of Haoma being the "averter of death" extends longevity... Thought you might find it an interesting read.
Thank you on the ornamentation compliments we don't have them on the net yet but we are working on a shopping system to sell a few different items related to the religion. Oh and head shops won't touch them the say the cops would bust them because their is bass relief writing and drawing on some.