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Liberty Fund Amicus
Amicus Curiae Liberty Legal Institute is a non-profit law firm dedicated to the preservation of first amendment rights and religious freedom. In its commitment to the protection of religious liberty of all faiths, the Institute represents religious institutions and individuals across the country.
The United States Government may not use the United Nations' Convention on Psychotropic Substances (Convention) as a basis for limiting the freedom of religious expression. First, the Convention does not even apply to the hoasca tea at issue in this case. Second, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 ("RFRA") supersedes the Convention by being last-in-time and by explicitly prohibiting federal law from violating the RFRA.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act itself is the United States' expression of the global consensus that the freedom of religious expression remain inviolate. Both domestic and international law repeatedly emphasize the importance of protecting the freedom of religious expression. The United States is compelled to uphold those international treaties, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ("ICCPR"), which demand that the freedom of religious expression be promoted.
Excerpt from the Amicus brief, for a complete copy of this document click here.