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Letter: Vegetarian theme

April 1, 2014

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To the editor:

TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.

After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes “Behold, I have given you every herb-yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit — to you it shall be for food.” It is only after the flood, with fruits and vegetables no longer abundant, that humans get permission to eat animal flesh. Even then, the Bible stipulates that lives of only select animals may be taken and always with reverence and minimal cruelty. This is certainly a far cry from today’s factory farm and slaughterhouse practices.

Regardless of how we may feel about “Noah’s” interpretation of the Bible, each of us can recreate the recommended diet of the Garden of Eden in our home by dropping animal products from our menu.

Comments

Elston Gunn 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Every vegetarian I know has a ton of baggage and other issues. Let me explain it one more time. We're mammals and we're also carnivores. It is in our genetic makeup to eat meat. I love animals, even the lowest forms. I have a hard time killing a cockroach. But we're made the way we're made. I'm not gonna walk around with pasty skin and my hair falling out to save some cows that were born to be eaten. Beef. It's what's for dinner.

Chris Scafe 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Sorry Elston, but we evolved as omnivores, not carnivores. Me, I'm a vegan and if you saw me, you would not describe me as pasty and hairless.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Chris, I have made the decision to be a vegan, and I made the decision for several reasons. I am glad I did but I did not realize how complicated it would be. Which is also good for those who want everything and want it now, which means fast food, and if you have to wait in line more than two minutes to get it start honking for people ahead of you to hurry up.

Taking time to decide what to eat and taking time to prepare it is a good thing. It should make you aware of what you are doing and how you should be thankful for what you have.

There are members of the NFL, the NBA, the NLB and also Seals that are vegan. It does not make you weak or less a man as some seem to think.

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