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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Mice Sing to Mates - 11 Jan 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today I received my January 2006 issue of “Science & Theology News” (formerly called “Research News & Opportunities in Science and Theology”). On page 5 are two short articles that got my “curmudgeonly” dander up. It’s a shame that this publication keeps running articles on “altruism” while at the same time ignoring the plight of God’s creatures caught in the nightmare world of research.

The first article, under the heading of “Biology”, is entitled “Mice sing in the presence of mates” and explains that “the mouse sounds met two key criteria for song – distinct syllables and recurring themes…”

This article, which is illustrated with a photo of two adorable mice, says that this “finding opens the possibility of using mice to study and develop treatments for autism and other communication disorders” by the school of medicine’s researchers.

Having worked in medical research, I know the horrors that these creatures experience and how expendable they are considered.

I find it interesting that hard-hearted people respond to findings about God’s animals that should cause them to stop using them as “things” with more schemes for further abuse.

If mice do sing, as these scientists have proven, then as members of God's choir, they should be treated in the same way as we treat our choir members in church.

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