Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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What Does God Look Like to You? A Talk by David Atkinson.
Atkinson, David. (1992).
Provincetown, MA: The author.
pamphlet, heavy paper wraps, 12 pages.
Contents: 1 essay.
Note: A sermon about
the conspiracy to outlaw the hemp/marijuana plant delivered
at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, Provincetown, MA.,
29 Nov. 1992. Available from the author.
Excerpt(s): In the mid-thirties,
someone invented a machine to take the [hemp] hurds and the fibers
and separate them. ... That machine was a decordicator and, all
of a sudden, hemp was going to be extremely competitive with cotton,
with wool, with wood, with petroleum. So enter four people.
Enter-Mr DuPont, who had just gotten
a patent for using dioxin in the wood paper pulp industry. He
was working on a patent for nylon and rayon. He had a disinterest
in hemp production. Enter- Andrew Mellon,
who happened to be Mr DuPont's financier. The only two times the
DuPont company ever borrowed money was from the Mellon Bank. Andrew
Mellow just happened to be Secretary of the Treasury at the time.
Enter-the third player in the conspiracy- William
Randolph Hearst. He had huge holdings in the wood paper pulp business.
As a matter of fact, he had 800,0000 acres of forest confiscated
by Pancho Villa in Mexico. And William Randolph Hearst hated anyone
who was a different color than him after that. ... He spent ten
years telling the American people why they had to get rid of this
evil weed-marijuana. He made up the name marijuana. ...
Enter-the fourth person- Harry
Anslinger. He was Mellon's nephew-in-law, and was the drug czar
at the time. And a rotten guy he was, who stayed in office 31
years. John Kennedy got rid of him. (page
Somewhere in here I read that some people believe
that 80% of the world's pollution would not exist had the hemp
plant been able to compete with the petroleum companies, the chemical
companies, the forest industry. 80% of the world's pollution!
We have the technology to stop the greenhouse effect
[marijuana], the global warming. We could grow our energy instead
of burning fossil fuels, which we are going to run out of anyway.
We could grow our energy, and at the same time we're growing it,
we're making oxygen for the planet. We could grow our energy and
have all the money locally distributed instead of in the hands
of a few multi-national corporations. (page 10)
So what does God look like to you? God looks like
a marijuana plant. And in the United States since 1937 God has
been an outlaw. So when I look at the six o'clock news and I see
violence, thievery, corruption, and turmoil, I think, "Well,
what can we expect when we outlawed God in 1937?"
I'm going to leave you with the words of Henry
David Thoreau. When he was thrown in jail in Concord, Massachusetts,
for not paying his taxes, he was visited by Ralph Waldo Emerson,
and Emerson said, "Henry, what are you doing in jail?"
and Thoreau's answer was, "As long as government is doing
immoral things, moral people belong in jail." (pages 10-11)
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