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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.


Humphrey Primatt – 14 January 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

In A Dissertation on the Duty of Mercy and the Sin of Cruelty to Brute Animals, published in 1776, the Anglican priest, Reverend Doctor Humphrey Primatt (1736–1779), says:

“…a cruel Christian is a monster of ingratitude, a scandal to his profession and beareth the name of Christ in vain…”

“Let no views of profit, no compliance with custom, and no fear of the ridicule of the world, ever tempt thee to the least act of cruelty or injustice to any creature whatsoever. But let this be your invariable rule, everywhere, and at all times, to do unto others as, in their condition, you would be done unto.”

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