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Comments on the book: God Does Not Eat Meat By Arthur Poletti
Comments by Daniel McKinley - 22 May 2007
I'm not sure I buy your assertion that eating meat is on the way out - as much as I'd like for it to be waning in popularity. You know what IS on the way out, though? Belief in God. I'd offer you the friendly advice not to hitch your otherwise potentially quite logical arguments against meat consumption to such an intellectually empty concept as what an anthropomorphic creator deity would or wouldn't eat, as if such a custom-designed superbeing would have dietary needs in the first place.
Not only do you risk making your position seem silly to anyone rational enough to have outgrown the moral copout of basing one's ethical decisions on the mandates of some hypothetical cosmic despot, but I really don't see you converting many traditional religious types with that tactic. Not to mention that anyone roped in by an appeal to "The Almighty" would be at a distinct disadvantage in their subsequent attempts to convert anyone else - they're clearly not in the habit of basing their most fundamental values on rigorous research, or of apportioning their credulity according to the available evidence, so why should anyone take their word about anything? Are theists really the sorts of people you want carrying your standard? I mean, I know there are a depressing number of them out there, but that's changing - as well it should be.
Hell, you may really be one of them, and if so, I'd encourage you to give naturalism the same chance you ask omnivores to give vegetarianism. If you can't, then you don't really have any business asking anyone else to go out on such a limb, but if you can, you just might learn something that could potentially free you up to enjoy the rest of the only life you're ever likely to have with far fewer arbitrary restrictions placed on you. You've already discovered that you don't need meat - you should be more prepared than most to discover how much better off you'd be without God. At the very least, your arguments should be able to stand on their own merits, whether or not your readers share your belief in a sky god. To me and I'm guessing many more like me, resorting to the outlandish claim that God is on your side reeks of desperation. As someone who believes that there are perfectly sound reasons for opting out of the meat economy, it pains me to see the whole raft of reasons become subservient to a superstitious hunch. Just a friendly suggestion.
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