Yes. indeed they are! So far behind them as to be unrecognisable, for
William and Catherine Booth became in later life keen vegetarians. What
is more, when their son Bramwell succeeded his Dad as the general he
emphasised the need of this to all his officers. It is, therefore,
remarkable that whereas today's Salvationist leaders still oppose all
alcoholic drink - a real curse amongst those Victorian working classes,
but hardly of much relevance today! - they prefer to look upon 'turning
one’s body into an animal cemetery as of no significance whatsoever.
Like the rest of today’s mainline Christendom, their compassion reaches
out hardly any further than in encompassing the worst predatory species
of all: depraved humanity.
One would like to think that, due to the waste of valuable land used
to pasture and raise animals upon - land which ought to be used to grow
grain for human consumption! - that, for the sake of starving millions
of humanity, Christians would be advocating a non dairy and Vegan life
style. For this is: the perfect solution to the world’s food problem.
But no, they are too short-sighted to know the sheer waste of grain,
resulting in the process of feeding cattle for future slaughter so as to
provide carnivorous ‘junk food’ for humans..
It could well be, of course - and it may be nearer to the truth -
that as they themselves cannot think of living without eating animal
corpses, they feel that those in the third world must have the same
craving. Indeed, it's OK for the Salvation Army and other major churches
to have forcefully denounced ‘the sins of the flesh’. Putting it less
bluntly than some, I'd agree that the lust of a penis has, frequently,
no conscience! But let’s get rid - once and for all time - of that
narrow hypocritical Victorian interpretation of lust. What about the
even worse sin of the flesh: ‘the lust of the palate’? Indeed, it would
appear that, in looking at the restaurants, the grocers and the
butchers, that it has no conscience whatsoever! I tell you that the
legacy of Victorian prudishness and hypocrisy has been our nation’s
curse for too long. Lust is not confined to sex!