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Religion and Meat-Eating...and Sarah Palin

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Religion and Meat-Eating...and Sarah Palin

In Sarah Palin's recent book "Going Rogue," she writes:

"If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore...If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?...I love meat...I eat pork chops, thick bacon burgers, and the seared fatty edges of a medium-well-done steak. But I especially love moose and caribou. I always remind people from outside our state that there's plenty of room for all Alaska's animals -- right next to the mashed potatoes."

If former governor and presidential candidate Palin wants to bring God into the discussion, I think it's important to take a look at "the good book," which says in Genesis 1:29: "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

In my LifeTips book I addressed this "touchy" subject. I discovered there is a growing movement of Christian vegetarians (and, of course, other groups like Seventh Day Adventists, Buddhists, and Hindus) who abstain from meat-eating for religious reasons. For example, Rev. George Malkmus created an entire diet based on Genesis 1:29 and now runs a Christian wellness center based on it called Hallelujah Acres.

According to the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV), there are many reasons why vegetarianism is in sync with the principles of most religions:

1. Most religions teach compassion

2. Most religions honor the body as a temple

3. Most religions advocate community service

4. Most religions strive to honor nature

5. Most religions promote peace and stability

I'd be curious to know if Sarah Palin thinks her current diet honors her Christianity in these ways.



12/29/2009 11:41:46 AM
ChalzNooo said:

Couldn't you still eat meat and still be aligned with those principles of religion? If you look at how Natives procured their meat, I don't think anyone can dispute the respect and compassion they showed to their kills. On the other hand, I'd argue that the current American method of meat production violates all of these principles (and more), but that is not inherent in eating meat, that is inherent of a system where people are constantly demanding more for less.

1/11/2010 8:53:42 PM
tamara said:

"right next to the mashed potatoes" Thats why fox news signed her! She is full of herself and can be considered funny to some. She is insulting to me but I can see why some people laugh at her. I dont think christianity and Palin are a very good match.


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