On a more relevant note, CELEBRATE!!!! NASA has freed the monkeys. It was the first protest email I ever did, and I was so psyched to hear that the radiation experiments that they were planning to do have stopped. I didn't do extensive research, but if the articles I read were correct, they've done similar experiments before, and they've resulted in serious brain damage. This new experiment used more radiation, as in "last time we tested with some radiation, it hurt them badly. If we test with more, it might hurt them worse, but finding out is more important than their lives". That's the impression I got. Anyway, they grounded it so there are a few more alive monkeys out there now.
Arguing with omnivores is soooooooooo annoying!!!! My dad always brings up a scripture. I am a Christian, I believe the Bible is true. He starts with:
Acts 10:9-18 (The Message)
9-13The next day as the three travelers were approaching the town, Peter went out on the balcony to pray. It was about noon. Peter got hungry and started thinking about lunch. While lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the skies open up. Something that looked like a huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground. Every kind of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it. Then a voice came: "Go to it, Peter—kill and eat."
14Peter said, "Oh, no, Lord. I've never so much as tasted food that was not kosher."
15The voice came a second time: "If God says it's okay, it's okay."
16This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the skies.
And then proceeds to say they ate mostly meat in those times.
I counter with:
Romans 14:2 (The Message)
2-4For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ's table, wouldn't it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn't eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God's welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.
And then say that they used to treat animals a lot better than factory farm animals are treated today.
He answers describing the cruel method in which the animals used to be killed, hung upside down and their throat slit, bleeding to death. I describe the cruelty in the factories, graffiti painted on the walls with torn off heads, the chickens made into poop squirt guns, the pig with the leg that was left to rot for two weeks because that's when she would be slaughtered, it wasn't considered worth it. He counters by saying we were given dominion over all the animals. I said that we shouldn't rule like this, ignoring the suffering like Marie Antoinette, look what happened to her?
This goes on for a very long long time and both of us walk away secure in our positions, never changing our minds.