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New allegations of racism against Madison church already under fire for marijuana use

New allegation of racism and culture appropriation against a Madison church that is also under fire for its open use of marijuana.
New allegation of racism and culture appropriation against a Madison church that is also under fire for its open use of marijuana.(NBC15)
Published: May. 22, 2019 at 5:55 PM CDT
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New allegation of racism and culture appropriation against a Madison church that is also under fire for its open use of marijuana.

According to a protest group, in now removed social media posts made on the Lion of Judah's Facebook page, there were comments concerning race and sexual orientation. The group also said that the church is appropriating a black religion by labeling itself as

"I want them to stop, said Dana Pellebon, an activist. "And if there is a way to have legal marijuana great. Do it in a way that doesn't appropriate culture and do it in a way that does not incorporate transphobia, sexism, homophobia and racism."

NBC15 spoke to a representative with the church who said that's not the case.

"We treat people with human dignity here, regardless of our differences on different issues," said Jesse R. Schworck, of Lion of Juda House of Rastafari Church. "We don't have to advertise everything that we do. People will see more stuff about us as time progresses and they'll see what we're into and how we're helping people."

Earlier in May, the church came under fire after Madison Police said the church gave marijuana to its parishioners as religious "sacrament."

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