Legal and Law, Religion and Churches

Political Activist Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman Battles for Freedom as his Lawyer, John Vincent Saykanic, Files Historic Legal Brief on 4/20 – Cannabis Day

Author: Ed Forchion
Dateline: Mount Holly, New Jersey (MOUNT HOLLY, N.J.)  | Mon, 18 Apr 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “As medical marijuana smokers around the globe celebrate '4/20' - an internationally recognized date for the celebration of cannabis - Ed Forchion, aka NJWeedman announced that his lawyer, John Vincent Saykanic, Esq., will be filing a historic legal brief in New Jersey's Burlington County Superior Court.”



A R T I C L E:

As medical marijuana smokers around the globe celebrate "4/20" - an internationally recognized date for the celebration of cannabis - Ed Forchion, aka NJWeedman announced that his lawyer, John Vincent Saykanic, Esq., will be filing a historic legal brief in New Jersey's Burlington County Superior Court, battling for not only Forchion's freedom but for the rights and recognition of marijuana smokers everywhere (Indictment 2010-08-066-I). The filing is historic as it challenges New Jersey drug legislation and may change how the state's medical and criminal marijuana laws are enforced.

On April 1, 2010, Ed Forchion was arrested in Mount Holly, New Jersey with a pound of cannabis in the trunk of his car. A Burlington County grand jury indicted Forchion in August of last year for violation of the State's drug laws. In October 2010 he pleaded not guilty. He faces more than a decade in prison if convicted.

Forchion is a dual citizen of New Jersey and California. Forchion also operates a medical marijuana (dispensary) Temple in Hollywood, California called the "Liberty Bell Temple II."

In December 2010, Superior Court Judge Charles Delehey permitted Forchion to challenge the constitutionality of the state's marijuana laws, which makes marijuana possession illegal (and a Schedule I drug) because it purportedly has no medicinal value. At the same time, New Jersey is implementing a medical marijuana program for the treatment of needy and ill citizens since New Jersey became the 15th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana on January, 2010.

The legal brief raises eight grounds explaining why the indictment must be dismissed. These include that Forchion, as a practicing Rastafarian, should be granted a religious exemption under the First Amendment (and Equal Protection Clause) to possess marijuana since marijuana - known as ganja in the religion - operates as a sacrament and is an integral part of the Rastafarian religious ceremony.

Other issues raised in the brief are: that marijuana should no longer be classified as a Schedule I drug (with the hardest drugs such as heroin, LSD, etc.) since even New Jersey now recognizes its medicinal value; that Forchion should be able to possess the marijuana on the grounds of "medical necessity" since he is a medical marijuana patient (approved in California, one of his two residences); and that the New Jersey marijuana laws do not provide adequate notice that he could not possess his required medicine (and religious sacrament).

Saykanic says, "It's not only un-American that Rastafarians are discriminated against for their sacred religious views, but it's outrageous that the alleged 'illegal' drug that is their sacrament has now been acknowledged by the State to have great medicinal value, yet they continue to be persecuted."

For more information visit: http://www.NJWeedman.com .

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Awards and Honors, Movies and Film Making, Religion and Churches

Nine Days that Changed the World Receives Dual Honors at 32nd Annual Telly Awards

Author: Gingrich Productions
Dateline: Washington, District of Columbia (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  | Tue, 08 Mar 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “'Nine Days that Changed the World,' hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, and produced by Citizens United Productions in association with Gingrich Productions and Peace River Company, has received dual honors at the 32nd Annual Telly Awards, winning a Silver Award in the category of Religion and Spirituality.”



A R T I C L E:

"Nine Days that Changed the World," hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, and produced by Citizens United Productions in association with Gingrich Productions and Peace River Company, has received dual honors at the 32nd Annual Telly Awards, winning a Silver Award in the category of Religion and Spirituality, and a Bronze Award in the category of History and Biography. A Silver Award is the Telly's highest honor.

"Nine Days that Changed the World" explores Pope John Paul II's historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979, which created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th Century.

This award-winning documentary examines the momentous events that moved the Polish people to renew their hearts, reclaim their courage, and free themselves from the shackles of Communism.

"Our goal in creating 'Nine Days that Changed the World' is to share the story of Pope John Paul II's pilgrimage to Poland in 1979 and describe how it ultimately contributed to the defeat of the Soviet Union and the liberation of millions in Central and Eastern Europe," said Callista Gingrich, President of Gingrich Productions. "It is a true honor for our documentary to be recognized by the Telly Awards this year."

Since 1978, the Telly Awards have honored the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video, film productions, and work created for the Internet. Last year, they received over 13,000 entries from all fifty states and five continents. The mission of the Telly Awards is to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity.

Gingrich Productions is a performance and production company featuring the work of Newt and Callista Gingrich. Based in Washington, D.C., Gingrich Productions provides talent for audio, video, and photographic productions. Together, Newt and Callista host and produce historical and public policy documentaries, write books, record audio books and voiceovers, produce photographic essays, and make television and radio appearances.

More information: http://www.ninedaysthatchangedtheworld.com/ .

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General Editorial, NonProfit and Charities, Religion and Churches

Gingrich Foundation Honors Catholic Charities USA as Charity of the Month

Author: Gingrich Foundation
Dateline: Washington, District of Columbia (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  | Wed, 05 Jan 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “This January, as part of its ongoing Charity of the Month program, the Gingrich Foundation honors Catholic Charities USA for its outstanding legacy of service to those in need.”



A R T I C L E:

This January, as part of its ongoing Charity of the Month program, the Gingrich Foundation honors Catholic Charities USA for its outstanding legacy of service to those in need.

Formed in 1910 to be the "attorney for the poor," Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), is now one of the largest social service networks in the country. CCUSA invests donations in programs and services that further its national mission: to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

Catholic Charities provides food, shelter, clothing, counseling, direct financial assistance, and other emergency services to over 9 million people each year, regardless of religious, social, or economic background. Inspired by the social teachings of the Catholic Church, CCUSA advocates for the inherent dignity of all human beings to ensure that each have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

"The Gingrich Foundation is pleased to support Catholic Charities USA in their effort to reduce poverty and empower communities," said Callista Gingrich, President of the Gingrich Foundation. "Newt and I encourage others to join us in supporting the mission of this worthy organization and extend a hand to those in need."

"We are deeply appreciative and very honored to begin the new year by being selected by the Gingrich Foundation as the Charity of the Month for January, 2011," said Rev. Larry Snyder, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. "We have just completed our Centennial year and the introduction of new legislation - the National Opportunity and Community Renewal Act - to address poverty in this nation. The timing couldn't be more perfect to receive the support and broad endorsement of our work by the Foundation. It will take our message and our mission to a broader audience. We are extremely grateful."

Catholic Charities USA has set a goal to reduce poverty in America by 50% by 2020. The organization amplifies local actions into a bold voice that teaches, shares, and encourages new solutions to reduce poverty in America. Despite significant increases in requests for assistance and decreases in financial support, the resolve and dedication of Catholic Charities' volunteers and staff has not wavered.

The Gingrich Foundation is a domestic non-profit corporation founded by Callista and Newt Gingrich to support charitable purposes.

Support Catholic Charities USA: http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/donate .

Donate to your local agency: http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/localdirectory .

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Religion and Churches

Holy Smokes! Controversial Pro-Pot Pastor Preaches Again

Author: Craig X Rubin
Dateline: Thu, 08 Jan 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Family Church International of Pasadena California announces a new regular service called, 'Get Your Word On,' starting this Saturday at 6 p.m. This regular weekly service will be led by two pastors: Pastor Harvey Brown Jr.; and Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Pastor Craig X Rubin. In 2006, Rubin was famously arrested at his own church, 'Temple 420,' on Hollywood Blvd., but has been working as a pastor at the family church since early in 2008”



A R T I C L E:

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 8 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Family Church International of Pasadena California announces a new regular service called, "Get Your Word On," starting this Saturday at 6 p.m. This regular weekly service will be led by two pastors: Pastor Harvey Brown Jr.; and Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Pastor Craig X Rubin. In 2006, Rubin was famously arrested at his own church, "Temple 420," on Hollywood Blvd. by a joint task force of Federal and California law enforcement officials, but has been working as a pastor at the family church since early in 2008.

Rubin had been running the temple for both Jews and Christians calling it a "Judeo-Christian Congregation." When he was arrested Rubin was told by an LAPD officer, "There is no such religion as Judeo-Christian."

Rubin, a messianic Jew, was sentenced to five years in prison, however never served a day in jail. During the trial Rubin was not allowed to mention medical marijuana (an herb used for healing by Temple 420), the Bible, or the U.S. Constitution. Rubin continues to be an advocate for both the Bible and marijuana. Currently Rubin teaches a course on the "Jewishness of the New Testament" at the Union Bible in Pasadena and is a current registered candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles.

The Family Church (www.thefamilychurch.com) is led by Senior Pastor Bishop Donnie Williams who is famous not only for his preaching and teaching of God's Word, but for his movie and martial arts career. Bishop Williams was in Bruce Lee's movie "Enter the Dragon" as well as seventeen other feature films, including some starring Chuck Norris. Members of the church are invited to a free karate class every Monday night led by the former World Champion (1977-1981).

"We have so many activities at our church," stated Pastor Brown, "but Craig and I wanted to reach young people with the Word before they go out and party on Saturday night. You know, Get Your Word On before you head out...it will make Saturday night better."

"Even though we are at a Christian church I still want to hang out to Jewish people, so we made the service after the Sabbath, so Jews can drive out to party with us."

Rubin, who led a Free Speech club when he was a student at UCLA in the early 1990s, added, "We are going to open the Bible study up for questions and conversation too. Every one who wants to say anything or comment at the study will have the chance."

The two pastors, both married, are trying to create a fun Saturday night Bible study for young and single people, as well as anyone interested in "the Word," to get together. Rubin and his wife plan to organize the group going to the movies after the study. The church is between the Rose Bowl and historical Pasadena, which has a fabulous village for taking in a film or getting a nice bite to eat.

Pastor Valerie, head woman's pastor of the church, said, "Studying the Bible should be fun and interesting. That's what we here at The Family Church believe."

No Reservations are needed to attend "Get Your Word On"
6 p.m. Every Saturday Night
The address is 1540 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Pasadena, CA 91103
There is parking available at the church.

For more information or directions contact:
Pastor Cheryl (626) 797-6633; or visit: www.thefamilychurch.com.

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Religion and Churches

Pope Visit to U.S. Prompts Peaceful Protest March for Protection of Religions from Exclusivism

Author: Forum for the Protection of Religious Pluralism
Dateline: Fri, 14 Mar 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, N.Y., March 14 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On April 18th, Pope Benedict XVI will address the United Nations General Assembly as part of his first visit to the United States as leader of the Catholic Church. In response to this event, the Forum for the Protection of Religious Pluralism (FPRP) is organizing a peaceful march, which will proceed at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 18 from the United Nations building to the Gandhi statue in Union Square Park.”



A R T I C L E:

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 14 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On April 18th, Pope Benedict XVI will address the United Nations General Assembly as part of his first visit to the United States as leader of the Catholic Church. In response to this event, the Forum for the Protection of Religious Pluralism (FPRP) (protectreligions.org) is organizing a peaceful march, which will proceed at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 18 from the United Nations building to the Gandhi statue in Union Square Park. Another demonstration and parade will be held outside Yankee Stadium during the Papal address there from 1-4 p.m., on Sunday, April 20. FPRP is holding these events to voice another view of religion, international politics, and civil rights.

Forum for the Protection of Religious PluralismFPRP is devoted to raising public awareness of religions that have been victimized by aggressive proselytization campaigns that are grounded in religious exclusivism, which is there is only one way to God and all other ways are wrong and even evil that needs to be destroyed. Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians looking to increase their numbers at any cost have had tremendous success in recruiting new converts by closely linking social services with deceptive and exploitative proselytizing. For example, schools have been built by evangelicals in other countries to provide an education to the poor, but the schools have also sought to persuade the children that their parents' spiritual beliefs are wrong and that Christianity is the only true religion. During natural calamities (tsunamis, earthquakes etc), services to the distressed are attached to proselytization campaigns. Weaker sections of the societies are targeted creating hatred, disharmony and tearing apart communities that lived together for thousands of years.

These campaigns are funded through a combination of donations from churchgoers and government support, are still being conducted around the world with little interference. Such acts of intolerance violate the religious freedoms of many ancient traditions, and the FPRP is holding its events to bring attention to the injustices faced by them.

According to the events' organizers, religious exclusivism is at the root of religious injustice and sectarian violence around the world. This includes 9/11, Rwanda and other genocides, stolen generations of native cultures, suppression of women, gays as well as many lesser known violations committed in the name of God. In Bangalore suburb, new Christian converts from slum areas who were told by missionaries that their old neighbors worship demons put crosses at every street corner of the community of non-Christians and replaced their street names with Christian saints names. Residents live in fear as hostilities mount.

"We represent faiths, including several Christian denominations, that do not support proselytization and view the practice of it as a complete contradiction of their beliefs," says Jonas Trinkunas from the World Congress of Ethnic Religions (WCER), one of the organizations that is sponsoring the event. "When the members of the U.N. say that they support religious freedom and then give privileged treatment to the leader of a religion that regularly endorses deceptive proselytization campaigns at the expense of others, we feel that we are being penalized for remaining true to our faiths. If religious freedom is going to be shared by everyone, this unequal treatment must stop."

While this event is designed to focus on the rights of minority ethnic religions, other groups are encouraged to participate regardless of their religious or non-religious backgrounds. Hindu Collective Initiative of North America representing many Hindu temples and organizations is supporting the event. Religious groups such as Buddhists, Druids, Greek, Hindus, Romuva, Slavics, Wiccan, and other ethnic religions from Europe, Africa and various parts of the Americas have already confirmed their attendance at the demonstration, and the organizers are hoping that more groups will participate.

"We are not against any religion," says Satyanarayana Dosapati, one of the organizers of the event. "But the religious freedoms of cultures are being abused in many countries and their ancient traditions are being lost at an alarming rate. Mahatma Gandhi called proselytizations conducted by missionaries as the deadliest poison that ever sapped the fountain of truth. We can no longer afford to live in a world in which some religions spend billions of dollars each year to spread intolerance and injustice under the guise of humanitarian aid while ancient traditions disappear as the result. If religious pluralism is to have a future, we must act now."

FPRP plan to submit a petition signed by members of all religious groups to UN Secretary General calling for more active role by UN in protecting all the World religions and cultures.

Detailed information is at www.protectreligions.org.

More information or media queries:
Contact: Valerie Tarico
Forum for Protection of Religious Pluralism
Phone: 847-462-4692
E-mail: protectreligions@gmail.com

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Religion and Churches

Mormon Author’s New Book Addresses Interest Stimulated by Mitt Romney’s Election 2008 Campaign

Author: Author Walt Scott
Dateline: Thu, 06 Dec 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ORLANDO, Fla. - Dec. 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today's speech by Governor Romney was in response to concerns many have about Mormonism. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the fourth largest church in the USA, is one of the world's fastest growing. It is also one of the least well understood. Many people respect and admire the members, but have problems with their understanding of doctrines and history. Reactions range from curiosity to animosity, says author Walter Scott.”



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ORLANDO, Fla. - Dec. 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today's speech by Governor Romney was in response to concerns many have about Mormonism. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the fourth largest church in the USA, is one of the world's fastest growing, (approximately 300,000 new converts each year). It is also one of the least well understood. Many people respect and admire the members, but have problems with their understanding of doctrines and history. Reactions range from curiosity to animosity, says author Walter Scott.

There is a serious information gap. No politician can, or should have to publicly discuss his religion in enough detail to educate the open-minded and also deal with intolerance. For people to declare a major religion a non-Christian cult, because it doesn't accept their creeds, is weird, to use their word. The logical extension of that argument would result in all followers of Christ prior to 300 A.D. being classified as non-Christians! The tone and remarks of some set a dangerous political precedent, and are unfair to Mormons.

We can only hope to overcome this gap by comprehensive information.

What are the commonalities and differences with other Christians? Some beliefs are different. Why? Mormons have been more successful than most in resisting the drift away from traditional values and moral standards, and the attacks on the family. Why? What are the reasons behind our beliefs and practices?

We hope for understanding, not necessarily agreement. This situation has given us the attention of many, an essential requirement for educating them and correcting misconceptions, the author observes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Walt Scott, a fifth generation Mormon, has twelve pioneer ancestors, including one who joined the Church in 1837, seven years after its organization. This book benefits from that legacy and the author's experiences in leadership and teaching assignments in the Church. He and his wife have six children, nineteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. From that group and their spouses, twelve have served fulltime missions for the Church, in New York, Texas, England, France, Russia, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil and Taiwan.

BOOK INFORMATION

Title: The Mystery and Controversy Surrounding "Mormonism"
Author: Walt Scott
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-500-1
6"x9" paperback, 172 pages, $16.95

More information: www.mysteryofmormonism.com

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Religion and Churches

Cannabis Minister Gives American Churches Warning After Conviction

Author: Craig X Rubin
Dateline: Tue, 07 Aug 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- 'I live in the City of Angels where the Mayor cheats on his wife, the City Attorney cheats the taxpayers and I teach the Word of God and the love of Jesus and I am being sent to prison for several years,' says Rev. Craig X Rubin. I love my country, but I love God more and I must teach the Truth that Jesus proclaimed a Kingdom not a religion. The Truth is that Jesus is Messiah, He was born of a virgin and rose from the dead. The Law and the prophets spoke the Word of God and all the prophecies of the Bible will come to pass and that is all that our temple taught.”



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HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 7 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- "I live in the City of Angels where the Mayor cheats on his wife, the City Attorney cheats the taxpayers and I teach the Word of God and the love of Jesus and I am being sent to prison for several years," says Rev. Craig X Rubin. I love my country, but I love God more and I must teach the Truth that Jesus proclaimed a Kingdom not a religion. The Truth is that Jesus is Messiah, He was born of a virgin and rose from the dead. The Law and the prophets spoke the Word of God and all the prophecies of the Bible will come to pass and that is all that our temple taught.

"My name is Rev. Craig X Rubin. I was ordained by the Universal Life Church 17 years ago. A church that will ordain anyone for free, not for a fee as the AP (Associated Press) is reporting. Everyone, the prosecutors and press, seem to be making a big deal out of the fact that anyone can become ordained to marry people in the name of God by this church."

"I love God; always have and always will. As far as I am concerned I don't need to be ordained by anyone to teach the Word of God. His Law is written in my heart and I have not broken it. Abraham Lincoln was a self taught lawyer and no one would say he was a bad lawyer. My great-grandfather was a rabbi who founded the first temple in Toronto. It is in my blood to teach God's Word, so it should not be important which church ordained me.

"I don't feel one ounce of remorse for the crime I am about to go to jail for. In fact, I continued to commit my supposed crime for 9 months after my arrest and no persons' health or safety in the State of California was compromised. My only crime is wanting to reach people of my community, stoners (the 420 Nation) with the Word of God. I never talked anyone into smoking pot. I taught them that God created this wonderful plant and that they should study the Word of God as known through the Bible to know the will of God. I am now going to be taken from our society and my seven children, all of whom live at home, for many years for my faith that cannabis is the Tree of Life. My wife and I had no presumption of innocence as this country proclaims. We had our life's saving seized and lost our house all because we started a church.

"This is my warning to fellow Christians in America. If you didn't stand up for my church when they came in with shotguns and kicked down my church doors, when they took the names of my church members and kept them from us, took our U.S. federal mail, seized my wife's and my life's savings without a conviction of any kind (and we have no criminal record) than I ask you...who will stand up for your church when the federal government comes marching in because you are teaching that God created all the plants on the third day; Or when you teach the Book of Revelation...who will stand up for you? I never changed one word from the Book of Revelation and now I am going to be spending years in jail for my faith that the Book is inspired by Jesus Christ.

"In my case the judge ruled that I was not allowed to mention the federal law or the Constitution to the jury because it might confuse them. I was not allowed to give the jury a copy of the Bible. They might actually think we had rights in this country. The prosecutor, Bob Chen, even objected when I told the jury that inalienable rights were not given to us by the government, but they came from God. I am Jew who came to know that Jesus was the Messiah, but I am still a Jew. I can no longer make Aliyah, the Jewish right of return, to Israel a land I have prayed for my whole life. It was my prayer and still is that one day I'll live there near Jerusalem and I will be able to visit the Holy City often. Currently, the country of Israel won't accept me anymore because I am a Jew who puts faith in the fact that Jesus was the Messiah. The funny thing is I feel more Jewish than ever now that I believe in Jesus and I know the Law and the prophets more intimately.

"My only request of my fellow followers of Christ is that you pray for my children during this hour of struggle for my family. Lastly, since this will be my last comment for a while is that you recognize I didn't go fishing for Christians in an aquarium when I started my church. I went to Hollywood a city with more sin than Las Vegas. I reached the homeless, people in the business of pornography, prostitution; I didn't try and steal Christians from other people's churches. I went to people who didn't have God in their lives and I taught them the Bible, the Word of God, according to my mission and because I was successful at it I am now going to jail."


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City of Angels vs. Word of God: OJ Simpson’s Lawyer Comes Up in Cannabis Church Case

Author: Craig X Rubin
Dateline: Fri, 13 Jul 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Reverend Craig X Rubin says, 'God has called me to do this work. I am spreading the good news of Jesus' Kingdom to new believers and informing people about the real Tree of Life.' Reverend Rubin is the leader of Temple420.org, a Judeo-Christian pro-marijuana church that doesn't promote smoking marijuana, but does burn marijuana in its religious ceremonies.”



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LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 13 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Reverend Craig X Rubin says, "God has called me to do this work. I am spreading the good news of Jesus' Kingdom to new believers and informing people about the real Tree of Life." Reverend Rubin is the leader of Temple420.org, a Judeo-Christian pro-marijuana church that doesn't promote smoking marijuana, but does burn marijuana in its religious ceremonies.

"The plant changes from marijuana to the Tree of Life when we burn it just as wine turns to the blood of Christ. Also, we know that our prayers are carried to the heavens on the smoke of this plant."

*(Photo Caption: Rev. Rubin appearing on KTLA 5 CW television in Los Angeles.)

For Jewish members Rubin states he is just teaching the principles of the Old Testament, the Ten Commandments (Not Suggestions, his comment), but many Jewish people are coming to New Testament services just to learn about Jesus and the life of historical Jews at that time period in history when Israel was dominated by the Roman Empire. Reverend Rubin, a history major from UCLA, goes on in his preacher like manner, "I think every nation needs the Bible, but it is my mission to share the Word with the people of the 420 Nation (stoners). I want to lead my people towards the God of the Bible. I take the Book seriously and believe every prophetic word of the Bible will come to pass."

On the opposing side, the City of Angels is represented by Deputy DA Bob Chen who says possessing and selling cannabis flowers for religious purposes is illegal. Mr. Chen allegedly doesn't believe church members are sincere in thinking cannabis is the Biblical Tree of Life. He calls their sacrament a smoke screen to possess cannabis, says Rubin.

Temple 420, for its part, is asserting "religious freedom" and seeking the Federal protection under Title 42 of the United States Code commonly referred to as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Mr. Chen says Federal law doesn't apply in this case because no Federal agents were used. "There is no Federal involvement in this case," was Mr. Chen's exact quote from the preliminary hearing. He went on, "This operation was conducted entirely by the LAPD, a local law enforcement agency therefore these Defendants are not entitled to use the Federal defense."

Rubin asserts that state law can not over rule Federal law. The Pre-Trial Discovery hearing promises to be exciting. Reverend Rubin plans to offer as evidence some heated email exchanges between he and the famous Robert Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro called Reverend Rubin mere hours after he was released from jail saying that he was interested in representing him and asked for a meeting.

It turned out the Reverend Rubin and the other co-Defendants couldn't afford the services of Mr. Shapiro. Then in a strange coincidence during discovery the Defense team noticed FBI officers and two agents from an "unknown agency," according to the testimony of Officer Tracye Fields, (Preliminary Hearing testimony given by LAPD #33844 April 9, 2007), going in and out of a private door to a business that Mr. Shapiro is a partner in, Legalzoom.com.

Rubin heatedly asserts, "As soon as I saw the Federal agents going and out of an unmarked private door belonging to a company with ties to Mr. Shapiro I immediately became suspicious. So, I emailed Mr. Shapiro with a brief email demanding to know who asked him to call me even though I knew the answer."

Robert L. Shapiro wrote Reverend Rubin back on the Fourth of July saying his business partner has asked him to call and then threatened to take legal action against Reverend. The letter writing continued on the Fifth of July with both men asking the other not to write again.

"You should be able to get the precise information in the discovery of your criminal trial," was the last thing Mr. Shapiro wrote to the Reverend of the cannabis church on the Fifth of July, so that is the Reverend's plan. In the discovery motion that will be heard on Monday July 16th at 8:30 AM at 210 W. Temple, Department 131, by Judge Strobel, Rubin plans to ask. In the filed motion by Reverend Rubin on July 6th he did just that and asked for all communication between law enforcement agents and Robert Shapiro hoping to prove that Federal agents were involved.

More information about Temple 420, Temple420.org.



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Religion and Churches

Potential Republican Presidential Candidate Faces Seven Years in Jail

Author: Craig X Rubin
Dateline: Thu, 07 Jun 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On August 16th 2005 Reverend Rubin announced that he'd be seeking the Republican Nomination for the office of President of the United States of America, with the publishing of his book '9021GROW' (ISBN: 0974711004). The opening line of the book prophetically stated that by the time you hear of the Rev. Craig Rubin, he'd either be in the White House or in jail. At the moment it is not hard to guess which scenario is most likely to happen: going to jail.”



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HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 7 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On August 16th 2005 Reverend Rubin announced that he'd be seeking the Republican Nomination for the office of President of the United States of America, with the publishing of his book "9021GROW" (ISBN: 0974711004). The opening line of the book prophetically stated that by the time you hear of the Rev. Craig Rubin, he'd either be in the White House or in jail. At the moment it is not hard to guess which scenario is most likely to happen: going to jail.

Reverend Craig X Rubin is facing seven years in jail for what he says is religious and political persecution. His next date in court is June 12, 2007. Superior Court of Los Angeles, 210 W. Temple Dept. 131, with Judge Mary H. Strobel, where he is going to present evidence already shared with D.A. Bob Chen that there is an alleged Federal conspiracy going on in this case.

*(Photo Caption: Rev. Craig X Rubin at doors to Temple 420.)

On November 8th 2006, police armed with guns and in raid gear kicked open the doors to his temple in Hollywood. "I am a true and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ," says church leader Reverend Craig X Rubin, leader of Temple 420. "We are a Judeo-Christian temple that knows that marijuana was created by God and is the Tree of Life mentioned in the Bible."

The Bible claims in the Book of Revelation of St. John, given on the island of Patmos, that in the end times some people will be cursed no longer for using this plant. The Greek word translated in the KJV as "cursed" is "anathema," which means to be excommunicated.

The Biblical Tree of Life is a plant, if you believe the Bible, and the leaves of this plant are supposed to be used for the healing of all nations. Followers of Temple 420 see marijuana or cannabis hemp as a way to end our war in the Middle East since marijuana is a source of fuel. In fact Henry Ford even built a car with a hemp fiber resin shell, similar to the fiberglass Corvette, that was ten times stronger than steel.

Reverend Rubin is claiming that there is a Federal conspiracy to deny Reverend Craig X Rubin the right to practice his religion and seek the office of the President of the United States. There has been alleged gross police misconduct by Officer Tracye Fields of LAPD #33844 who actually perjured herself under oath by stating that Federal officers were not involved in the raid on Reverend Rubin's temple.

Video evidence has come to light that shows Federal officers were allegedly working with LAPD from early in the day and didn't simply show up to "observe," as Officer Fields testified to in a preliminary hearing. Under oath Ms. Fields testified that Federal officers were not involved with the investigation or execution of the warrant on Reverend Rubin's California Religious organization, but the videos shared with prosecution in discovery clearly show that Tracye Fields had contact with undercover Federal informants before going to get the search warrant on the temple.

The undercover informants are famous in the pot world. The video clearly shows Brett Boag of Apothecary Travel (U.S.) and Apothecary Seed (Holland), the official travel agency for High Times magazine, along with his half-brother Robert Ayala working with law enforcement officers to bring marijuana into the temple prior to the arrest.

Temple 420 operated similarly to over 200 medical marijuana clubs in Los Angeles. The main difference was that one didn't need a doctor's note to be able to use cannabis for religious purposes because of Federal law and a Supreme Court ruling. Rubin opened his church after the Supreme Court ruled what he was doing was perfectly legal in a case called "Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita" (federal cite: 546 US 418) decided on February 21, 2006.

Under federal law Reverend Rubin has the legal right to import, use and disseminate among church members a Schedule I controlled substance for their religious practice. U.S. Code 42 Chapter 21 B gives American citizens the right to freely practice their religion without the fear of having those practices substantially burdened by laws of general applicability. By lying under oath about the Federal involvement, Officer Tracye Fields was allegedly hoping to deny the church the right to use Federal law as an affirmative defense.

If the media would like copies of the video showing the alleged Federal informant bringing marijuana into the temple, police using excessive force by pointing a loaded weapon at clergy and making a joke even though clergy posed no harm to the officer, Federal involvement in the raid of the church without first showing a "compelling interest" or using the "least restrictive means" when extinguishing our religious practice as required by Federal statute, or copies of photo copies of Officer Fields testimony given under oath, please email CraigXRubin@hotmail.com. DVDs or photo copies will be immediately sent overnight to all qualified media outlets. The videos are surveillance videos and don't come with audio.


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Religion and Churches

Christianity ‘Not A Real Religion’ According to LAPD as Cannabis Church Files Suit Against City of Angels

Author: Craig X Rubin
Dateline: Wed, 14 Feb 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- When Reverend Craig X Rubin was arrested at his house of worship he asked the lead LAPD officer for the special rights accorded to clergy under California Penal Codes 1524 and 1525, but was told by the officer that his Bible-based Judeo-Christian organization, that was recognized by the state of California, was 'not practicing a real religion.' Temple 420 is a registered religious organization with the State of California.”



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HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 14 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- When Reverend Craig X Rubin was arrested at his house of worship he asked the lead LAPD officer for the special rights accorded to clergy under California Penal Codes 1524 and 1525, but was told by the officer that his Bible-based Judeo-Christian organization, that was recognized by the state of California, was "not practicing a real religion." Temple 420 is a registered religious organization with the State of California (CA Corporation #C2791851) and Reverend Rubin has been ordained by a church that has passed the State's organizational test in court. Members of the congregation use cannabis in their temple - a practice that has gotten them into trouble with the LAPD.

People know Reverend Craig X Rubin for the role he plays, as the owner of the medical marijuana club, on the hit show "Weeds" on Showtime; but what people don't know is that he is a messianic Jewish preacher on the weekends.

Temple 420 on Hollywood Blvd. (www.Temple420.org) has services every Saturday and Sunday at 4:20 p.m. The Old Testament is taught on Saturday and the New Testament on Sundays. The unusual thing about Temple 420 is their faith that cannabis is the "Tree of Life," spoken about in several places in the Bible; most notably the Book of Genesis and the Book of Revelation, where it describes the leaves of this plant as being, "for the healing of all nations" because cannabis, sometimes called hemp, is so versatile as a natural resource.

"Ending the prohibition on cannabis will get us out of the Middle East sooner," claims Reverend Rubin, "because we can use cannabis to make fuel, thus making us more energy independent. The President keeps talking 'switch grass' and I know which grass he should switch. Henry Ford built a hemp car that ran on hemp fuel back in the 1930s."

The congregation feels burning the Tree of Life reminds them to follow the Laws of God, the Ten Commandments, that emanated from a burning bush. Further, they use the smoke of the plant as an intercessory to carry their prayers to God. Both Jewish and Christian members of the sect agree that cannabis is the Biblical Tree of Life and wonder why they are treated differently than the Catholic Church who actually did recently commit crimes and allegedly covered them up.

"Could you imagine the type of paramilitary force that invaded our temple, kicking down the doors of the Catholic Church to get information on alleged pedophile priests -- yet that is exactly what they did in our house of worship." Officers kicked their way into the sanctuary with weapons pointed, without the slightest thought or care of putting their paramilitary boots on the Holy Cross and Star of David on the custom made temple doors. The Reverend continued, "I was taught in California public schools all the way through graduating from UCLA. I have seven children, have no criminal record, and yet without a conviction the LAPD has seized all of my personal assets, leaving my family penniless and about to be homeless."

February 13, 2007 the Reverend responded as the City of Los Angeles tried to permanently seize control of the Reverend's life savings. He had 30 days to respond or his worldly assets became their property. When filing his response and requesting a quick resolution he was told by Sharon Terry of the District Attorney's Office, "Not to expect a hearing anytime soon" as the City was busy. Meanwhile, the Reverend and his family are being evicted, as their assets are held for an indefinite period of time, and the Temple's only income comes from donations via the Internet.

According to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the authorities can only use "the least restrictive means necessary" if they feel a religious organization is violating rules of general applicability. That is why Reverend Rubin has filed a complaint with the LAPD (CF07-000151) and has given notice to the city of his intent to sue for religious discrimination and violations of his civil rights. The complaint alleges that Officer Trayce Fields knew on August 25, 2006 that Reverend Rubin was an ordained minister teaching the Bible at his Hollywood Temple and she did not give that information as required by law to the judge who issued the warrant.

"American churches should be concerned about religious freedoms at this time in our history. That is why I took this case. Temple 420 is reaching people other churches don't," says defense council La'Chelle Woodert, as she represents Reverend Rubin, who is facing seven years in prison for his religious beliefs.

For additional information, please contact:
- Reverend Craig X Rubin, +1-818-370-6528
- La'Chelle Woodert Esq., +1-323-251-8890

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