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Re: [conculture] Digest Number 360

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Friday, June 9, 2000, 22:22
>Aren't religious usages an exemption to the laws? If not, then it's at >least an unenforced law!
Yes, they are. I know that Native Americans are allowed use of Peyote in religious ceremonies (leas I heard), and Even though explosive fireworks are illegal in California, they are allowed for Chinese New Year Celebrations because it's a religious festival.
> > >Yeah, in the ELCA (I don't think the other branches of American >Lutheranism do this), we invite "all baptized Christians" to receive >communion.
The Catholic Churches I go to now (by decree of our Bishop) now invite non Catholics to come up to the Altar along with people receiving Communion to receive a blessing.
> > > > >Many churches offer grape juice as an option. I agree with you that all >churches should offer that. But I do think that, for the sake of >tradition and the like, the use of wine should be preserved.
I believe that because the use of wine is tradition, It should be kept. I dont think that it should be demanded of those not in the denomination that they change something that I think is a very minor point (and as has been said, wine is not required to be taken). ________________________________________________ All the simple things are simply too complicated for my life