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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.

 


Don’t Apologize – 5 July 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Have you ever read something that made you exclaim to yourself “Yes! How true!”?

If you have, then you know how I felt after reading “Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of Apology in Animal Rights” by Karen Davis, PhD. in the Summer 2008 issue of Poultry Press.

Apologizing for being a vegan and an animal rights person is self-defeating and takes many forms. When you stop to think about it, speaking negatively and apologetically about what you hope to accomplish will only prolong the time that it takes to make the changes necessary for animals to be free from human exploitation.

Another example of being apologetic about animal rights is talking only about health and environment instead of directly mentioning other animals. If those who really care about animals feel that they have to hide the fact and pretend that they agree to some extent with the abusers, how can they expect to be respected and their views on animal rights taken seriously?

As Karen Davis’s article says, “Be affirmative, not apologetic.”

To read this excellent article in its entirety, visit:
http://www.upc-online.org/summer08/rhetoric.html 

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