Legality of Our Practice

Supreme Court Says “OK” To Ayahuasca

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected government arguments against use of a hallucinogenic tea in religious services.

The U.S. Supreme Court, saying law enforcement goals in some cases must yield to religious rights

At the Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth, we believe that its members possess a constitutional right, guaranteed by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to use the sacred sacraments of Ayahuasca, Peyote, San Pedro and Sacred mushrooms.  The sacred sacraments are core to our religious practices; any effort by the Government to abridge the religious use of such sacred Earth bounty would substantially inhibit and unduly burden the ability of our members to peacefully practice their religious faith.
Also, we believe, and will forcefully advocate for, the continued right to use these plant medicine teachers according to natural law, a philosophy denoting that certain rights or values are inherent by virtue of human nature, and universally cognizable through human reason.  Natural law has been historically used to refer to the use of reason to analyze social and personal behaviors to deduce binding rules of morality based on the law of nature, which are determined by nature and the elements of the natural world itself and are therefore universal and without question. The fact is, these plants grow from the Earth.  According to Indigenous Native American beliefs, “anything that grows from the Earth is sacred, and here for our learning and use.”
Further, as a Indigenous Native American Church, Soul Quest and its members believe in, and advocated for, the specific, legal right to experience sacred plant medicines based on two federal bills passed by U.S. Congress to protect the Religious Freedom of the Indigenous Native Americans:
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA): This 1993 U.S. Federal Law “ensures that interests in religious freedom are protected.”
The question is, then, what is “religious freedom?” Most simply, it is the right of every American to practice their own religion, however that may be defined, as long as they are not infringing on another person’s rights or safety. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that everyone in the United States has the right to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all, without persecution or discrimination.
The American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA): This 1978 U.S. Federal Law was enacted to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Native Hawaiians who were not being granted their First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion. These rights include, but are not limited to, access to sacred sites, freedom to worship through ceremonial and traditional rights, and the use and possession of objects considered sacred. AIRFA requires any governmental agencies to forego interfering with the free exercise of Indigenous Native American religion, including ceremonies with our sacraments and sacred plant teachers.
In its simplest terms, “what does this mean?”
Under the federally-enacted RFRA and AIRFA;  the laws of the land and natural law; and our core religious tenets, Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is protected from governmental interference in our plant medicine ceremonies and other sacramental practices.  These laws and beliefs allow members of the Indigenous Native American Church to freely exercise our religion by holding sacred ceremonies with the plant teachers that the Indigenous Native Americans have honored and worshiped for millennia.