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Peyote, Wine and the First Amendment – Religion Online
Various conservative religious groups raise concerns overdiminishing the special place religion has historically played inconstitutional law by treating religious freedom the same as every other kindof speech or discrimination claim.
Peyote Law - NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH
Thistreatment allows religious schools to participate in a generally availablevoucher program, allows states to provide computers to both religious andpublic schools, and allows states to provide reading teachers to low-performingstudents, even if they attend a religious school.
Rambles: Omer C. Stewart, Peyote Religion: A History
This constitutional framework reflects thedeep concern that the founders of The American nation had about therelationship between church and state, and about the right of individuals topractice their religion freely.
Many who stray away from the peyote religion return to ..
Although the pattern of the dispersion of peyote religion was complex and remains not fully documented, several individuals and tribes are generally acknowledged as crucial to the process. Especially important was Quanah Parker, a Comanche chief who is said to have first taken peyote in Mexico in the 1880s as medicine for a difficult illness, or perhaps a serious injury. Quanah (as he is usually referred to), whose mother was white and who was a leading advocate of white-Indian cooperation, became a leading advocate of peyote and was instrumental in turning back laws that would have forbidden its use. By the time of his death in 1911, peyote was being used by several tribes in Oklahoma. Second only to Quanah in influence was John Wilson, a Caddo Indian by affiliation (actually of mixed Caddo, Delaware, and French blood). In 1880 Wilson became a peyote roadman, as the ceremonial leader is known, and began to attract a substantial following. His version of the Peyote ceremony had more explicitly Christian elements than Quanah’s, reflecting, probably, Wilson’s own Catholicism. However, both versions reflect a thorough mixing of traditional Indian and Christian themes.