“On 8th June 2006 the chairman of a religious group, calling himself Pastor David, has been imprisoned on remand in Switzerland. This association calls itself SMCS (Sacred Mushroom Church of Switzerland). Pastor David, whose full name is David Jan Schlesinger and who has German citizenship, is active in the application of psilocybin-containing mushrooms since many years. The followers of the SMCS regard these mushrooms as holy, because they allow spiritual experience and make lasting improvements of the whole psychical and physical health condition possible.
We won’t explain the mode of functioning of the mushrooms in detail here, but many people don’t have doubts, that these mushrooms change the consciousness in a way, that they can be applied as a cure against different forms of mental illness and have the power to lead their users to religious experiences.
The imprisonment of David Schlesinger is taken by us as a clear infringement of the human rights, because it is based on laws, which limit the freedom of religion, guaranteed by international human right and national constitution, and these laws are obviously specifically designed to limit this freedom.
The working field of the SMCS is not primarily focused on the distribution of mushrooms, but also on long term goals, that have no relation to the provisioning of mushrooms to members and followers. These are among other things the establishment of local supply structures (e.g. agriculture), whose ecological sense is more important than short term financial gain, as well as the implementation of pacifism and ecological sight as the highest priority of international politics and social engagement.
In the USA and other countries several accepted churches and religious groups exist, based on the consumption of so called entheogens, which are similar in their influence on the human mind to the psychedelic mushrooms.” – www.freedavid.org