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By: Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman
The Pershore Abbey's Support of Sport Hunting is Against the Teachings of Jesus Christ
A perfect example of how far a church can slip from grace, and lead it's congregation astray, is reflected in the following letter that was sent to the vicar of the historic Pershore Abbey, at Pershore in Worcestershire, UK, by Chris Gale.
Dear Rev Crawford,
I was deeply dismayed to read that a 'celebration of the countryside' is being staged by the Countryside Alliance at Pershore Abbey on Tuesday, December 18, with 'Carols for our Countryside' in aid of that quite odious organisation.
The Countryside Alliance, formerly known as the British Field Sports
Society, is an organisation dedicated to re-legalising the chasing to
exhaustion and vicious death of wild mammals for fun.
That a fundraising service will be held in a sacred place for an
organisation dedicated to bloodsports is truly appalling.
Those attending this carol concert will sing of peace, love and
compassion, yet they are the ones who actively engage in and glorify death
and violence towards Gods creation.
The sheer hypocrisy of this is quite staggering as is members of the
bloodsports fraternity giving readings from the Bible.
These same people do not represent the majority of the countryside
population, they are simply a wealthy sub culture that uses other issues
to mask their true nature.
They represent violence and a culture of sadism that is complete
anathema to the teachings of Christianity.
I would ask you to square this:
http://www.diggingout.org/terrier_work_photos.html or this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yrp1GkDfS0 with Christianity’s
'"By their fruits you shall know them!"
I am a confirmed member of the Church of England, have lived in a rural
area all my life and every generation of my family has had some connection
with working the land, my family across generations has been deeply
opposed to the barbarous cruelty of bloodsports as are so many other rural
Shame on the Church that it gives succour to those who inflict cruelty
on our wildlife and whose savagery is known all too well to those of us
who stand for the values of decency and compassion.
I have copied this mail to the Anglican Society for the Welfare of
Animals for information.
I have also copied it to the Rev Barlow who I see from the attached
news article is leading this quite obscene service.
“Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” Albert Schweitzer
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." St Francis of Assisi
Animal Welfare Campaigner.
Every compassionate person in the world needs to speak out,
Gale has done, whenever we encounter a church or religious organization that supports cruelty or indifference to the suffer of any human or other animal. The Church needs a wake up call!
The intent of this series is to wake up and encourage the Church to greater works of love and compassion (John 14:12). It is not to condemn the Church, in general, or any individual, any more than Jesus condemned the woman caught in adultery. Jesus said to her, "...go your way. From now on sin no more." (John 8:11) And this is our message to the Church: Recognize our sins of the past and go forth seeking to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48), correcting the sins of the past, for that is the only way we can truly show the world that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, might, and mind, including the whole of creation, which includes our neighbors whom we are to love as ourselves.
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