Peyote in the Native American Church Essay by The Research Group

Peyote in the Native American Church
An arguement that use of a natural drug in American Indian religion is a justified and authentic part of religious ceremonies.
# 19013 | 1,350 words | 5 sources | 1991 | US


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"This study will examine the use of Peyote in the Native American Church. The argument of the study will be that the use of peyote by the members of the Native American Church is justified and is an authentic element of the religious and spiritual beliefs and practices of the members of the Church, and is in no way to be associated with the "recreational" use of peyote or other drugs by members of society at large.


The issue of peyote use by members of the Native American Church has entered the headlines in 1990 as the result of a peculiar court case which reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Two members of the Church in Oregon were fired for "violating (their employers') absolute rule against drug or alcohol use" (Laycock, 1989, p. 876). It was discovered that they had been using peyote as a part of their church's religious rituals. The two men filed..."

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