(Tim, w/thanks to David T.) Apparently the chattering classes never knew where turkey wishbones, legs, and breasts came from. Quite a firestorm has broken out over Governor Palin taking an interview at a turkey farm. As she was interviewed, turkeys were being killed in the background.
Aghast at the scene, as the clip was about to be aired, MSNBC newscaster David Shuster advised parents to get their kids "out of the room." After the clip, Shuster reported a "photographer asked Governor Palin if she wanted that as a backdrop and she replied, 'No worries.'" (Good responses here and here, and full length video here.)
Every Christian would do well to make sure his sons kills an animal now and then as a reminder that God has given critters to us for food and we should rejoice in His provision. To kill and eat animals is not to be cruel. It's an act of faith. Man alone bears the Image of God. Turkeys, dolphins, dogs, and crickets do not. (And with apologies to certain friends, certainly not cats.)
Earlier today, Mary Lee and I agreed that, like it or not, our youngest son, Taylor, will go deer hunting next week with Mike Boles and his son, Seth. Taylor isn't particularly interested, but he'll be going anyhow. It's a discipline fastidious boys shouldn't miss...
The next step of rebellion against God and His Word in the Western world is the blurring of this distinction in a whole host of ways. The Green politics of Al Gore are just part of it. Hugh Heffner has been promoting you-know-what for some time, now. Years ago, I read his obscene and degraded statement on the subject in the Los Angeles Times.
Meanwhile, it's getting hard for some parts of the country to get large animal vets because the growth curve in vet students is women, most of whom have their sights set on people's pets. And the difference between the care pet vets and farm animal vets provide is similar to the difference in bedside manners between a pediatrician and a surgeon.
Leona Helmsley and a host of other perverted souls are leaving bequests of hundreds of millions of dollars to animals and our state laws are being rewritten to allow this wickedness. In the case of Mrs. Helmsley, her will originally stipulated the money be shared by poor children and animals, but later she changed the will removing children and leaving only the animals. If you want to see the fulll picture of this next degradation, read "Rich Bitch: The Legal Battle Over Trust Funds for Pets." It'll give you a feel for the world that elects Barack Obama to the presidency.
We live in a world where good is evil and evil is good; right is wrong and wrong is right; yes is no and no is yes; and peope are animals while animals are people.
It would be hard to come up with a section of Scripture more contrary to the faith and practice of secularists of the Western world, and increasingly their emergent/evangelical sycophants, than this:
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the terror of you shall be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.” (Genesis 9:1-7)
It's all there, isn't it? Birth control, animal rights, veganism, capital punishment; and in case we missed it the first time, birth control yet again.