Throughout the Obama presidency, we have witnessed Tea Party and conservative groups being made to wait years for tax exempt status and be subjected to harassment and intimidation by the IRS. We have seen Christian-owned companies be sued by the government at both the state and federal level in an attempt to force them to go against their religious beliefs in participating in gay weddings and providing birth control and abortion. But there is one group that the Obama IRS readily and quickly granted tax exempt status – The First Church of Cannabis, Inc.
So, Christian churches are attacked and ridiculed by the government and Obama himself and conservative, Tea Party and Christian groups are made to wait years for tax exempt status, but a church devoted to the worship of marijuana is given tax exempt status in less than 30 days?
Welcome to Obama’s America, folks.
The leader of the ‘church’, which is based in Indianapolis, is a man named Bill Levin, who calls himself the ‘Minister of Love and the Grand Pooba.’ Levin is a long time supporter of marijuana legalization. The 59-year old Levin plans to hold his first ‘church’ service on July 1, the day the Indiana Religious Freedom Act goes into effect.
The ‘church’ has a list of 12 deities and members are encouraged to “practice these in your daily adventures in life, teach others to do the same.” The deities include to “never start a fight… only finish them” and “Laugh often, share humor. Have fun in life, be positive.” They end their list identifying ‘cannabis’ or marijuana, as their “sacrament.”
On their Facebook page, Levin, who has run for both city council and U.S. Congress in the past as a Libertarian candidate, says, “Cannabis, “the Healing Plant” is our sacrament. It brings us closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression. We embrace it with our whole heart and spirit, individually and as a group.”
Though they do not yet know where their first service will be held on July 1, they do have plans for what will take place. Levin said, “At the end of the service, we will inaugurate the church by saying the Deity Dozen,” Levin said. “We will bless our church, bless our people, and we will spark up.”
It appears that following the law is not part of their ‘deity dozen’ since smoking marijuana is not legal in Indiana. Possession of it is a misdemeanor that subjects the person to up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Levin, however, is not worried about arrest because he believes smoking marijuana as a member of the First Church of Cannabis, Inc. is protected by RFRA. The ACLU believes that Levin is likely correct.
Will the recognition by the IRS of this new religion, whose members are called cannabiterians, lead to the federal legalization of marijuana? Will we see more ‘churches’ that worship cannabis pop up throughout the country in order to circumvent state and city laws regarding marijuana?
Only time will tell on those possibilities, but one thing is certain. The Obama regime has given its blessing to the worship of marijuana as a ‘god’ in religion as it simultaneously attacks Christian churches and organizations in an effort to force them to act against their religious beliefs.