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January 04, 2011


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I've thought about bringing this up at my church. Everyone there knows I'm a vegetarian, but there's never been a real talk about it. I think their responses would be framed around the Genesis verses about animals being put on earth for our use.

At the same time, I'm sure none of them would condone dog-fighting or more "mainstream" examples of animal cruelty. Not sure how to get over that discrepancy. Thoughts?

Interesting that you should bring this up Gene. As a priest of the Wiccan faith, I just recently wrote an article for my website (and submitted it to several magazines) regarding religious ethics and the role of animals in society.
Thank you so much Gene for being a voice for the animals and keep up the excellent work! Blessings, Skye Conroy

Love this. The former pastor at my church, who sadly recently retired, used to reference passages from the bible that supported vegetarianism from memory. He also addressed the concept of "dominion" (from bible: "let them have dominion over the fish....") in one of his meditations (he called his sermons "meditations") as meaning to be responsible for the care of, and not to dominate, animals. There is so much potential for religious communities to work in harmony with the animal rights community.

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