Cannibis. Mary Jane. That kind of pot. Los Angeles pastor, Rev. Craig X. Ruben, was recently arrested for possessing marijuana. That alone would be an interesting story. But to make it better, the Temple 420 pastor filed a lawsuit for $30 million.
“Our congregation mandates members study the Bible, have faith in God and regularly burn the herb cannabis (The Tree of Life mentioned in the Bible) as sacrament,” says the lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court.” (from the AP story)
He was ordained by the Universal Life Church in 1990. I’ve heard of receiving pew rents (the original compensation for Spurgeon), but the article continues:
“The temple has an estimated 400 members who pay a $100 initiation fee and $100 annual dues, enabling them to purchase marijuana for requested donations. Marijuana also is burned during some services. In drug culture, “420” is slang for marijuana.”
I’m thinking the free exercise of religion doesn’t cover this weirdness.