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By Craig Cline - 5 Jan 2013
In Reference to: 30 December 2012 - What Are Our New Year’s Resolutions?
I am fairly sure that we humans never really wanted to apply the Golden Rule to all the other animals, beginning when we first began to use them and eat them and their "products." That is why I used the term "new and expanded," to seek to cause people to include animals within their application of the GR, rather than to continue to exclude them. However, your saying that humans "limit its application" is essentially the same thing. In order to get people to consider NOT limiting the GR's application, though, we will have to point-blank ASK them WHY they would choose to limit it; that is, why do the vast majority of us humans not include animals within the scope of the GR? If a Christian, for example, is really a proponent for peace and non-violence, and a believer in the validity of the GR, then he/she should accept that God (going back to Genesis' scripture especially) intended the GR to have a universal application, and therefore encompass animals as well as humans.
I am simply trying to urge people who are "religious" to themselves confront and answer this question. Unless it is constantly asked, and until millions of religious people actually change their behavior as a result, we will see the same plodding progress that we have seen for several hundred years (modern history). I really hope that you, as a religious leader, will take this challenge to religious institutions across America, and across the world for that matter. In the meantime, I greatly applaud you for what you DO, and I thank you for it (as do billions of voiceless animals, the ones that most humans choose not to hear nor see).