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To: US Senate, US Congress, and General Public
FDA CAM Violates Religious Separation Of Church and State Petition

This Petition and Comments are submitted by Rev Lynn Wedewer, Ph.D US Autism Ambassador on behalf of USHE Sanctuary with regard to the Food and Drug Administrations draft Guidance for Industry on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. They are submitted with reference to the request of FDA for comments on the proposed Guidance stated at: http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/E7-3259.htm

WHEREAS In 1789, the first of ten amendments were written to the Federal Constitution; they have since been known as the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

In being said "We the people" undersigned are alerting government to be ready for religious and spiritual grievances", and

WHEREAS That utterance of Jesus "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's," is one of the most revolutionary and history-making utterances that ever fell from those lips divine. That utterance, once for all, marked the divorcement of church and state., and

WHEREAS That the magistrate is not by virtue of his office to meddle with religion, or matters of conscience, to force or compel men to this or that form of religion, or doctrine: but to leave Christian religion free, to every man's conscience, and to handle only civil transgressions (Rom.xiii), injuries and wrongs of man against man, in murder, adultery, theft, etc., for Christ only is the king, and law giver of the church and conscience., and

WHEREAS God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every [the 1925 statement read "the" instead of "every"] church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. , and

WHEREAS In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power., and

WHEREAS We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness, and

WHEREAS There is a crisis in health freedom. On April 30, 2007 the FDA will close the public comment period on a Guidance which will classify every alternative practice as medicine so that only licensed physicians can carry out the procedure AND vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc., will suddenly become untested drugs which will be forbidden

WHEREAS This is a direct violation of the Religious Church and State Separation. Many religious and spiritual beliefs including Native American and other cultural spiritual beliefs in herbs would be effected by the mandate to seek to disturb what is naturally already used in their spiritual belief practices, and

WHEREAS Under the new CAM Guidelines issued by the FDA, any items used in altering or enhancing the "function" of a living person are subject to regulation and control by the FDA. Items used in religious practices are NOT excluded from these guidelines. In such any mandating regulations made by the FDA of "ANY" religious materials, practices, and beliefs governed by this action would be in direct violation of Separation Of Church and State, and

What some people may deem energy medicine in the religious and spiritual arena. Some of these such approaches may be construed as a part of a person philosophical or individual religious or spiritual regime. Some may include but not be limited to meditation, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Hands-on-Healing, Magnetics, Sound Health, Energy Therapies, Biofeedback, Meditation, Breath Work, Reiki, Chi Gong, Tai Chi, healing touch, hands on healing which dates back to Jesus and before. and Herbology which may also to others be deemed examples of complementary and alternative therapeutic practices. Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic medicine or folk remedies and "Dr. Mom" home remedies are also examples of CAM practices. These same things are indeed included in many religious and spiritual practices. There are even many more styles not mentioned that in the way in which the FDA has written it's text has flaws as if one person alone deems it spiritual or religious to their belief then no governmental body may regulate it in any way shape or form. In which the FDA again is breaking the Guidelines set forth in the Separation Of Church and State., and

WHEREAS Under these same guidelines without exemption of religious practices would also leave further violations of Separation of Church and State. The crackers and grape juice used in Communion, which are tied to changes in the energy, function or spirituality of the person receiving them, might be construed as regulated as drugs and require a prescription from a doctor. The Elder who anoints a member of the church with oil could be arrested and charged with practicing medicine, and church members who use rosaries to help heal themselves or others could be similarly arrested for using "unapproved medical devices.", and

WHEREAS Holy water, for example, could be construed as regulated as a drug. Churches that continue to use Holy water in their services could be raided and accused of practicing medicine. Sound absurd? The FDA has already conducted an armed raid on one church and made no announcement that churches are exempt from FDA rule., and

WHEREAS Baptism could be construed as regulated as a medical procedure involving "untested, unapproved drugs" (the water). Prayer cloths could also be regulated as "medical devices" and would require FDA approval before being used. In fact, any object, artifact or religious implement used in church services could be subject to FDA regulation and, essentially, regulated out of existence. Prayer wheels, shawls, candles, mandalas, crosses, beads and religious musical instruments could all be confiscated by the FDA as "unapproved medical devices," and anyone who sells such devices could be arrested and imprisoned for doing so. This would be in violation of the Separation of Church and State., and

WHEREAS there is no legal way to actually regulate God, otherwise it would no doubt have done so by now. Religious and spiritual prayer heals people; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It helps people recover from surgery and it calms troubled minds. These are proven facts. The physician's only dresses the wound, God heals it. Prayer is good medicine, and because it is helpful to people and thus competes with conventional medicine, the FDA has no legal rights or boundaries to regulate Religious or spiritual practices this is a direct violation of Separation of Church and State.

WHEREAS In the FDA CAM it clearly states without exemption of all religious or spiritual practices: ...an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including any component, part, or accessory which is... intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, and which does not achieve its primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body of man or other animals, and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of its primary intended purposes.

This wording could also be construed to include some of the newer prayer machines, prayer software, prayer wheels, or any device that affects the "function" of a human being is now a medical device. So a priest who uses the symbol of Jesus Christ on a cross, for example, to "bless" a member of the church as part of a healing therapy is now practicing medicine with an unapproved medical device, and is subject to arrest and prosecution. This is in direct violation of Separation Of Church and State., and

WHEREAS The FDA CAM wording since it does not rule out religious and spiritual modalities, materials, tools, software, prayer meditative supplies, and all surrounding areas of prayer, meditation, hands on healing, etc are all known and related to religious and spiritual cannot be mandated by any one given organization, individual, or governmental agency or body due to the violations of Separation Of Church and State, and

WHEREAS Importantly, the idea of "faith" does not stand up to the FDA's so-called scientific scrutiny. So a church can never prove that Holy water actually works, or that prayer beads have any scientific merit, and therefore the FDA can declare them all to be "unscientific and unapproved" devices, further discrediting them. Faith is not a concept that is understood at the Food and Drug Administration which in retrospect opens up more violations in prejudging religious practices in which the FDA is not under or jurisdiction by any law to regulate religious or spiritual beliefs, practices, or how any one individual chooses to do so in their particular belief form.

WHEREAS The religious and spiritual community need an opt out from all of the current regulations being forced upon the people by the FDA, government, and all legislation that would seek to change freedom of religion of any kind. We "The People" determined to seek religious personal exemptions from regulations, resolutions, proclamations, bills, acts, or any other modality which seek to impede our current practices.

WHEREAS The assumption by some that the "religious beliefs" of an individual must be dictated by the policy of the tenant of the church is patently wrong but currently in use across the United States in over 25 states. Webster's Dictionary will not uphold this belief, but since this is a legal question, a legal dictionary should be consulted. Black's Law Dictionary provides these definitions, and

WHEREAS Black's Law Dictionary Definitions for RELIGION: "Man's relation to Divinity, to reverence, worship, obedience, and submission to mandates and precepts of supernatural or superior beings. In its broadest sense includes all forms of belief in the existence of superior beings exercising power over human beings by volition, imposing rules of conduct, with future rewards and punishments. Bond uniting man to God, and a virtue whose purpose is to render God worship due him as source of all being and principle of all government of things." (Nikulnikoff v. Archbishop, etc., of Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, 142 Misc. 894, 255 N.Y.S. 653,663), and

WHEREAS Black's Law Dictionary Definitions For RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: "Within Constitution embraces not only the right to worship God according to the dictates of one's conscience, but also the right to do, or forbear to do, any act, for conscience sake, the doing or forbearing of which is not inimical to the peace, good order, and morals of society." (Barnette v. West Virginia State Board of Education, D.C.W.Va. 47 F. Supp. 251, 253,254; Jones v. City of Moultrie, 196 Ga. 526,27 S.E. 2d 39), and

WHEREAS THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION The Constitution of the United States of America supports God's law, and any compulsory vaccination program is in violation thereof. It would violate the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution (Article IV and the Preamble), Articles VI, IX and X of the Bill of Rights and Article XIV of the Amendments. U.S. Constitution, Preamble: "We the people and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" , and

WHEREAS U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 2: "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States", and

WHEREAS The Bill Of Rights, Article VI: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of Counsel for his defense." (Therefore, in order for the state or federal governments to vaccinate children against the parents' authority, they would have to charge the parent under criminal laws and then try their case in court. The government cannot do that because it is a legal fiction and it would not have jurisdiction.), and

WHEREAS The Bill Of Rights, Article IX: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.", and

WHEREAS Bill Of Rights, Article X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.", and

WHEREAS Amendments, Article XIV, Section 1: "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." GUARDIANSHIP OVER CHILDREN, and

WHEREAS The Declaration of Independence begins: "When in the course of human events, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitles them, and

THEREFORE, on the basis of citizens right to informed consent, we need to ensure each individual can exercise their right to educated informed decisions that will effect their personal religious rights and life, and

THEREBY Remove mandatoriums that seek to define, mandate, govern or any other interference in religion and spiritual beliefs and practices.,


1. FDA and Government responsibility, accountability,and mandatory full disclosure under penalty of law for non compliance regarding, all actions and reactions taken there of. Complete and total elimination of the CAM as it is currently written by the FDA, and

2. Philosophical Exemptions For vaccines In All States .

NOW We The People therefore respectfully petition you to initiate, expedite, The Complete Freedom Of Religion.

Written By:

Rev LD Wedewer, Ph.D,
US Autism Ambassador
USHE Sanctuary
1900 K Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-3620
EMAIL: [email protected] or
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