Indianapolis , IN – In an apparent effort to intimidate and coerce the free expression of religion, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, along with IMPD Chief Rick Hite and other city officials held a press conference on Friday June 26th. During the course of that press conference, Curry and Hite made it clear that those attending the inaugural service at the First Church of Cannabis, scheduled on July 1st, would face criminal charges and possible arrest. Chief Hite went so far as to compare the first Church of Cannabis and their leader, Bill Levin to mass murder Jim Jones and the People’s Temple.
The Libertarian Party of Marion County encourages Chief Hite to apologize for his outlandish and insensitive comparison of the first Church of Cannabis to the dark tragedy of the People’s Temple. We call on the law enforcement community throughout Indiana to abide by the Constitution which they have taken an oath to uphold. Most importantly, we call on the good people of Indiana to assemble in the spirit of Liberty to protect the rights of the First Church of Cannabis and any other religious body facing persecution from the overreach of the state.Let's be clear about this. Earlier this year the Libertarian Party had a chance to take a stand for the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause. Contrary to the claim that Libertarian Party supports all constitutional rights, the party took a pass. It became crystal clear during the RFRA debate that when the Libertarian Party says it is for "liberty" that liberty most certainly does not include religious freedom.
Today though the Marion County Libertarian Party suddenly reversed directions issuing a press release claiming the party has done a 180 and now supports religious freedom. Why the sudden change? Is it because the party leaders now realize that there are well-meaning people across the state who have deeply held religious beliefs and want to see their right to practice their faith protected from undue government interference? Absolutely not. It is because the Marion County Libertarian Party wants to lend support to a well-known religious bigot who immediately post-RFRA (a law he strongly opposed) set up a fake church so he could continue his two favorite pastimes mocking religion and smoking pot while enjoying his fleeting 15 minutes of fame.
Is there any reason for people of faith to vote for the Libertarian Party after that insulting press release?