Yesterday’s Blog was about people using “culture” and “tradition” to
excuse and perpetuate injustice and cruelty.
It seems as though in every country many holidays bring out nostalgia
in its citizens for “traditional” dishes as well as activities that
scapegoat animals. For any thinking, feeling human being, it becomes
evident that the observance of holidays by causing horrific misery to
those who can’t defend themselves is shameful.
Especially egregious is the cruel use of animals during “religious”
holidays. Rather than honoring the Creator, such abominations surely
bring much joy to Satan and his demons! One such activity is the act of
pushing a live goat off the top of a tower. As I understand it, this
happens (happened?) in Catholic Spain around Easter time. And what about
the people who, as a religious observance, swing a live chicken around
their heads before slaughter, or mass slaughter animals?
Now, understand that I am not picking on any particular group; I
think I’ve made that clear.
It is interesting that some foods served in celebrations are truly
disgusting animal by-products. I was thinking about this a few days ago
when I saw a program about the serving of haggis during the celebration
of Robert Burns Day. It seems to me that sheep’s stomach, heart, liver,
and kidney fat were probably at one time the refuse given to the poor.
Another such concoction is paunce, a Cajun dish of stuffed pork stomach.
I could go on and on with various ethnic dishes: blood pudding, kidney
pie, intestines, brains, eyeballs, etc.
Then I thought, why do people keep returning to their vomit?
(Proverbs 26:11 and 2 Peter 2:22) We should be changing for the better.
It is not disrespectful to try to live by a higher standard than that of
our forebears. As I mention in another Blog, we humans outgrew
cannibalism. Isn’t it time to start living according to God’s original
intent? (Genesis 1:29-31) After all, God’s heavenly banquet will be
vegan because there is no death in Heaven. (Revelation 21:3-5)