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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.


Church Dinners – 5 March 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

If you haven’t read our Church Silence Promotes Violence series of articles, please do so at: 

We have been so indoctrinated from childhood to believe that the “lesser” animals exist only for our use, that very few people ever question the way they are treated – mistreated, I should say. And from what I’ve seen, some of the worst abusers are churchgoers. Isn’t it ironic that those who claim to be followers of the Prince of Peace about whom Isaiah prophesied, "A bruised reed He will not break….” (Isaiah 42:3), keep moving further away from compassionate living?

To increase their church memberships they spend money on advertisements claiming to have “open doors” and “open hearts” when in reality they drive away those who are most like Jesus in spiritual wisdom, kindness and compassion. When you really get down to the truth, isn’t that lying and false advertising?

If they were honest they would say something like this:

“We welcome only those who have left the higher standards of our founders and who ignore any of their writings favoring vegetarianism or kindness to other animals. If you love gorging on the body parts and secretions of God’s tortured creatures in a friendly atmosphere where your children and grandchildren can learn to carry on the traditions of carnivorous cruelty, join us! We have pig roasts; roast beast dinners; egg, sausage, and bacon breakfasts – ad nauseam. We welcome any creative meal ideas for fund raising; providing, of course, that they include the use of lots of meat, dairy, eggs, fish…. We are open to trying anything that is not – well, you know – the ‘V’ word!”  

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