Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Is Veganism a Religion?

If you are either an atheist or a vegan, at some point you may be compared by a Christian, to a Christian!  For some reason, Christians don't see the oddity of insulting atheists and vegans by accusing us of "being in a religion."  It is as if they are calling religion a bad thing! 

Below is a status I copied from Dave Rogers' page:

"Many consider veganism to be just another religion trying to force its dogma upon the unwilling masses, but is this really the case? Let’s take a moment to compare religious faith vs. the vegan facts.
It takes faith for one to believe that the Bible or any other book is actually the inspired and infallible word of God.
But it's a fact that animals are living, breathing sentient creatures capable of experiencing pain and pleasure, just like you and I.
It takes faith to believe that God created the heavens and the earth in six days.
But it's a fact that humans have no biological or dietary requirement for animal flesh or their bodily secretions (milk, cheese and eggs).
It takes faith to believe that humans once lived to be over 900 years old.
But it's a fact that farm animals are killed before they even reach half of their natural lifespan.
It takes faith to believe the sacrificial death of one man is sufficient to atone for the sins of the whole world.
But it's a fact that no animal willingly lays down her or his life to satisfy our palate pleasure, to provide their skin for our clothing, or to become lab experiments in the name of science.
It takes faith to believe that a man was actually raised from the dead.
But it's a fact that 7 billion people are responsible for the deaths of over 70 billion animals every year.
It takes faith to believe that the righteous will go to heaven and the wicked to hell.
But it's a fact that the enslavement, exploitation and killing of animals by humans has been directly linked to the violence and oppression that we inflict upon one another, especially towards the most vulnerable among us.
Some would say that you are putting the facts over and above faith. Perhaps, but is that necessarily a bad thing? To place more importance on what can be proven instead of what must be accepted by faith?
Everyone is entitled to embrace or disavow the various doctrines and beliefs of any or all of the many religions in this world. After all, none of them can be proven empirically. Hence, it is called “faith.”
But what will you do with the vegan facts? That is the question."
~ Dave Rogers

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