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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Is Nothing Sacred? Religion and Animal Liberation

Came across this insightful piece while researching animal liberation.

Is Nothing Sacred? Religion and Animal Liberation

By Keith Akers

"Today, the world of religion seems to be stacked against the animals. Religious views perpetuate the idea that animals can be eaten, experimented on, and generally used for whatever purposes humans have. In a broader way, religious views perpetuate the same idea about the environment; the environment is ours to use in whatever way we see fit.

Peter Singer summarized this perception of religion at the recent Animal Rights 2002 conference. He said that "mainstream Christianity" is a "problem" for animals: it denies that animals have souls, says that humans are made in the image of God, and says that humans have dominion over animals. It thus provides the ideological support for a view of animals and the environment that allows humans to abuse or exploit animals and the environment as much as we want.

So if we’re for the environment and the animals, we should be against religion, right?"... more

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