“The guy has no developed theology, he has no doctrine of any version of salvation, no doctrine of end times, no doctrine of any sort,” said Ken Swan who lives nearby. “It’s basically 1960s hippie, lets-all-love-one-another-and-smoke-pot.”
The church is on South Rural Street, which is now lined with police tape and no parking signs.
Swan knows the church well, he was the pastor when it was the Hansing Park Christian Church.
He says when he was first told of the church, the first thing that went through his mind was grief.
Swan is blind, but he says he can see through the haze of what’s happening.
“Illegal activity under the name of a church,” said Swan.
Swan’s church closed in 2011 because of financial issues and declining membership.
By contrast, the First Church of Cannabis was at capacity Wednesday.
“Everybody gets it, everybody likes it so what’s a better birth for a new religion?” asked Bill Levin, the founder of the First Church of Cannabis. “We’re celebrating life’s great adventure and starting a new religion, it’s real simple, it’s a beautiful thing that everyone can wrap their head around. The deity doesn’t.”
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