Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The value of human and animal

From Matthew Hennessey at First Things:
The public relations staff of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) must think themselves very clever. Earlier this month, in an effort to grab the attention of Americans preparing to celebrate Memorial Day, the animal rights group “barbequed” a topless woman in downtown Houston on a fake grill adorned with the slogan, “Meat Is Murder.”

When I saw photos of the stunt, I thought to myself, “If PETA are this worried about the ‘murder’ of cows and pigs they must really get hot about the murder of innocent human babies.” I supposed I wasn’t the first person to have had the thought, but I was surprised to find an entire entry in the Frequently Asked Questions section of PETA’s website:

PETA does not have a position on the abortion issue, because our focus as an organization is the alleviation of the suffering inflicted on nonhuman animals.
For an organization that promotes the idea that eating animal meat as murder, it "does not have a position on the [human] abortion issue." Any problem here?

When people lose sight of God and turn their worship to nature, suddenly human life becomes more ambiguous compared to that of animal. Without Christianity, it is so easy for anyone to humanize animals and animalize humans. Know of someone who spend thousands of dollars on his/her pet rather than feeding hungry children?

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