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I'm also curious about the underlying source of that prohibition. Was it direct from the USDA (i.e., from the agency of the federal government itself) or was it some local and overly zealous operative? If from the former--which is certainly possible--that would of greater concern. If the latter, I'd feel entirely justified in going ahead and violating that "directive," since it fully appears to be over-reaching.

I have a law professor friend who specializes in constitutional law, and is well informed on this whole area of restrictions on freedom of religion. I'm going to ask if he knows anything about this...

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