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Religious Freedom Initiative

Our goal in this initiative is to facilitate a reliable and consistent precedent for churches that use ayahuasca as their sacrament under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Specifically, the Church of the Eagle and the Condor, in partnership with the Chacruna Institute are raising $100,000 to investigate and resolve disputes concerning US Customs and Border Patrol seizure of ayahuasca shipments.

Join us in this effort at this GoFundMe Campaign.

LATEST UPDATE ON THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION INITIATIVE

Interview with Martha Hartney, Managing Attorney for CEC, and Joe Tafur MD, CEC Board Member and Ayahuasquero. Stuart Preston interviews Martha and Joe to learn more about their church's initiative and crowdfund as their spiritual community seeks to understand what happened when Customs and Border Patrol seized their sacramental Ayahuasca last year, and to learn more about other shipments of Ayahuasca that were seized in 2020, and how in dealing with the authorities, the Church of Eagle and the Condor can navigate a path toward protecting their religious right to utilize Ayahuasca in sacred ceremony.

Articles on Religious Freedom

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Attorney & Drug Reform Advocate Martha J. Hartney

An exploration of the following:

  • The potential for psychedelics to ease end-of-life anxiety or depression
  • Martha’s work with the Church of the Eagle and the Condor and how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 applies to modern religious groups who use psychedelics
  • Why the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 decision on Tanzin v. Tanzir may be a boon for psychedelic religions

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Fighting for the Legal Use of Ayahuasca as a Religious sacrament

Martha Hartney is an attorney in Boulder, Colorado, who has been working with the Church of the Eagle and the Condor to fight for the legal use of ayahuasca as a sacrament for religious groups practicing within the United States.

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Videos on Religious Freedom

Episode 2021-008: Interview with Martha Hartney, Esq., Part 1 of 2

Martha Hartney, Esq. Part 1 of 2 Church of the Eagle and the Condor and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Episode 2021-008: Interview with Martha Hartney, Esq., Part 2 of 2

Martha Hartney, Esq. Part 2 of 2 Church of the Eagle and the Condor and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Videos on the Celebration of Life

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Claudia Cuentas Oviedo on the Prophecy of Eagle and the Condor to join together as the hummingbird.

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A special prayer from our brother Rodney Garcia in celebration of the Winter Solstice.

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Celebrating Earth Day with a special message from our brother Joe Tafur.

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