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Article from Winter 2003 Issue

General William Booth, A Vegetarian When It Took Great Effort

During the latter period of his memorable life the Founder and first General of the Salvation Army uttered these memorable words:

"White women weep as they do now, I'll fight; while little children go hungry as they do now, I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, I'll fight; while there is a poor lost girl upon the street, I'll fight; while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight – I’ll fight to the very end”

Not so very long after uttering those memorable words, concerning Darkest England, William Booth ‘laid down his sword’ to be received in to the presence of the King of Kings. My Reader and Friend, times have changed since Booth’s Victorian England. Most of the evil he fought has been conquered. Gin palaces are a thing of the past and so are the street urchins as well as the destitute and stigmatised ‘women of the streets’. Sadly, however, along with Methodism from which Booth broke away, today’s followers of both these great men have little if any up to date vision at all for opposing the major evils rampant within Britain today.

Forgive me if I come across too judgmental. I don’t intend to be, but I sense they are in a past time-lock. The alcohol that these great men opposed as being one of the vilest evils of their day, their twenty-first century followers still denounce. Yet things have changed so much that such protests are barely relevant. Paradoxically, however, though both John Wesley the founder of Methodism, and William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army, were Vegetarians, today’s followers are not. Consequently, both these Christian traditions are falling abysmally short for confronting our present Nation’s major evils. and this I consider sad, to say the very least.

Evil is every bit as rife today as ever before. For what people do today towards defenceless and helpless animals, for 'sport'; to satisfy a momentary taste on the palate; for clothes to wear; to further weapons of mass destruction; or to 'further' research in to human illness, is too awful to contemplate. And concerning the latter, the vilest mental disease of all is surely the ability to stoop to such appalling depths of misconstrued research. Those who promote this plague of mental sickness in seeking to further such hellholes at Cambridge, Huntingdon, and elsewhere, must have morals equivalent to that of a Doctor Mengele and a Doctor Goebels. Yes, while lacking the scientific validity of their past Nazi counterparts who experimented on the same species!

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