I Accuse
Animals: Tradition - Philosophy - Religion Article from All-Creatures.org


Qhaunis Kruunu December 2016

A major problem with the leaders of most of the religions of the world is that they’ve constructed their spiritual-cum-ritual-cum-temporal worlds in a certain guise, what Jacques Derrida calls carnophallogocentrism. This refers to the arrogance of the animal-eating, language-using, male who sees himself as the centre of the world that he insists on mastering. The majority by far of priests and imams and rabbis and many pujaris and bhikkus immerse themselves in such a carnophallogocentrism. In doing so, such a person corrupts his followers and, in effect, spurns, traduces and put to shame his god who created all beings – not just hominids but every animal.


And as the earth withered under the sun, and the forests disappeared, and the grass shrivelled to dust, and the rivers were befouled with detritus, and the seas were rank with rot, and the creatures of the barren bush, and the birds of the fetid air, and the fish of the wasted waters, and the food animals heaved in their continuous agony, and the people lurched to their doom, the leaders of the religions prayed and wept and beseeched their gods to save them, these gods looked down on these leaders and said, “You have failed. The world is dying for you are the cause. You have led your people, our people, my people, astray. You have not listened to what you were told. Evil has come because of you. You cannot expect salvation when you have damned others through your example. So be it.” And the rabbis and the bishops and the imams and the brahmans and the monks wrung their hands in despair. But it was too late.

The eating of animals is the greatest moral scourge of on this planet. It wastes the spirit and destroys the soul. How ironic it is, then, that religious leaders who claim to lead the way to salvation, actually push their followers to damnation by endorsing this practice of evil.

I shall show how Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism should be read as forbidding the eating of animals or, if not this, encouraging a vegan diet. I acknowledge that there is not one Judaism, or one Christianity, one Islam, one Hinduism or one Buddhism. Instead, I shall comment on various core texts that indicate how animal rights and veganism should be adopted by all the branches of these religions.

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