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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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The Boo Hoo Bible.

Kleps, Art. (1971).
San Cristobal, NM: Toad Books.

ISBN: 0-9600388-1-7


Description: Paperback, ii + 217 + vi pages.


Contents: Essays, drawings, press clippings, cartoons.


Note: This excerpt gives a good sense of The Boo Hoo Bible; it comes from In the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, United States of America v. Judith H. Kuch, Criminal No. 1473-67: Reading the so-called " Catechism and Handbook" of the Church containing the pronouncements of the Chief Boo Hoo, one gains the inescapable impression that the membership is mocking established institutions, playing with words and totally irreverent in any sense of the term. Each member carries a "martyrdom record" to reflect his arrests. The church symbol is a three-eyed toad. Its bulletin is the " Divine Toad Sweat." The Church key is, of course, the bottle opener. The official songs are "Puff, the Magic Dragon" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." In short, the "Catechism and Handbook" is full of goofy nonsense, contradictions, and irreverent expressions. There is a conscious effort to assert in passing the attributes of religion but obviously only for tactical purposes. Constitutional principles are embraced wherever helpful to the cause but the effect of the "Catechism and Handbook" and other evidence as a whole is agnostic, showing no regard for a supreme being, Gerhard A Gesell, United States District Judge. (page 89)


Excerpt(s): The Neo-American Church is one of the four major religious organizations in the United States to use psychedelic substances as sacraments. We maintain that the psychedelic substances are sacraments, that is, divine substances, no matter who uses them, in whatever spirit, with whatever intentions; it is not just a question of terminology. The other three groups are the Church of the Awakening, the Native American Church, and the League for Spiritual Discovery.

Our church might be considered "to the left" of these other three, as we do not employ set rituals, make conditions for membership other than agreement with our principles, or regulate the frequency or intensity of the sacramental experience. Many of our members are damned fools and miserable sinners; membership in the church is no guarantee of intellectuality or of spiritual wisdom; it may even be possible that one or two of our Boo Hoos are opportunistic charlatans, but we are not dismayed by these conditions; it has never been our objective to add one more swollen institutional substitute for individual virtue to the already crowded lists. We are, however, somewhat dismayed by the prevailing habit of "doing" (really not doing) things through institutional identification, and have, accordingly, injected massive doses of absurdity into our embryonic social fantasy [footnote: This was written in '64. What was then merely a gleam in the mad scientist 's eye has now become a monstrous growth, pulsating in every tentacle] hoping that it may grow up to be an instructive puzzle rather than the usual collection of dead-letter laws. (page 3)



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