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Does God Support Factory Farms?
Why You Should Care about the Faith-Based Arguments for (and against) Animal Liberationby Bruce Friedrich
I�ve been a vegan for 15 years and a full-time animal advocate for more than 6 years. During this time, I�ve noticed that many animal activists are not as well-versed as they might be in discussing vegetarianism and animal issues with people of faith. I can understand this. Although a practicing Roman Catholic with a degree in Religion and a continuing interest in Biblical exegesis, I�ll admit that even I tire of the common faith-based arguments against animal rights and vegetarianism. You know them: �God put animals here for our use,� �What about animal sacrifice in the Bible?,� �But Jesus ate meat,� and so on.
It�s understandable (and easy enough) to simply throw up one�s hands and go about the business of talking to all the people who don�t subscribe to the monotheistic faiths. But I would like to suggest that the level of animal suffering requires that we make pragmatic decisions, and that a dismissive or disdainful attitude toward religion does our constituents, the animals, a grave disservice.
According to polls, forty percent of Americans believe in strict creationism, the Bible-based view that humans were created in final form by God, and are not the product of evolution. Surely, I figured, this must be the more liberal notion that, although humans evolved over time, God was involved in setting the process in motion. But no; according to polls, forty percent of Americans believe that evolution is wrong. Heck, even my own Catholic Church, no bastion of liberal thought, accepts evolution.....
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