Ritual Slaughter and Racism


Today an article appears in The Telegraph which equates campaigning against ritual slaughter with being racist.  The writer should come to South Africa and join the pathetic group who claim that every ill is a ‘Legacy of Apartheid’ even when the evidence shows that it is a legacy of their own stupid actions.  The logic amounts to the same.

The stance being adopted is clear from  the outset, when those opposing the practices of ritual slaughter are termed ‘bunny-huggers’.  Not an unbiased start.

Telegraph Article 2

If you follow the link, you will see that the same writer argued, when John Blackwell on behalf of British Veterinarians called for a ban on ritual slaughter, that this would equate to valuing its cows more than its Jews.

In response to that, I would say rightly so, if those particular Jews persisted in a practice which is repugnant.  They are devaluing themselves.  It is not a racist thing at all.  One supports such a ban from the same standpoint as opposing bullfighting, trophy hunting, foxhunting, dogfighting, and all similar practices which some sick human beings regard as sport or entertainment.

Ritual slaughter or sacrifice customs are found in the writings and practices of cults and religions throughout the world. They are rooted in the belief that killing something in a certain ritual way is going to invoke power or please the creator, some deity, or some supernatural being.

If one applies the slightest logic to such a premise, the only conclusion to be reached is that it is the product of the primitive and sick minds of people who have come to revere or pander to something utterly revolting and despicable.

Yes, any creator which would require that lives be taken by making a game or spectacle or ceremony of it, thus brutalizing the young and society as a whole, would be behaving in a way utterly contrary to what one would reasonably expect from a higher being. Such ‘It’ (which does not qualify for the term ‘god’) would be worthy only of disgust. So, also, become the people blindly following such customs. Islam and followers of the Old Testament god blindly maintain that it is required and justified in scripture, which is infallible. As can readily be proved beyond any doubt, scriptures are flawed throughout. Far more convincing fantasies appear on the fiction shelves than some of the self-contradictory fables regarded as true in bygone eras. Thus, there can be no justification for adhering to those parts of these writings which are clear absurdities, such as the story that Abraham found divine favour for being willing to kill his own son to honour this petty tyrant of a god.

Creationists need to reconcile the anomaly of some ‘Thing’, having made something, then taking amusement out of some other things It has created destroying this particular one of Its creations. Those who believe that some power is looking down approvingly, saying, ‘Ooh, thanks for killing something to show you know I’m here. I’m going to reward you for being so brutally thoughtful,’ are superstitious idiots. So are those who believe that the death will release power which somehow accrues to them.

The sensible course of action for all authorities worldwide is to outlaw these barbarities, completely and without exception. It is high time that sanity should forcibly overrule ’religion’, ‘culture’, ‘custom’, and ‘tradition’ where these impose undue suffering or risk, or degrade any sector of the community.

© Colonialist July 2015 (WordPress)
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50 Responses to Ritual Slaughter and Racism

  1. Andrew says:

    Thank the Lord for the New Testament – where St. Paul and others said go ahead and eat whatever you want from the meat-market regardless of what rituals were followed when it was slaughtered. There is only one true God after all… and a shout out to all my atheist homies too – it’s a free world so eat and believe whatever you want !

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    • colonialist says:

      Agreed. Anyone can believe that bashing themselves over the head three times a day is good for one, as long as they abstain from doing it to others or trying to persuade others to try it.

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  2. In Florida – and other places here now – there’s been outcries agains Santeria sacrifices of chickens and small animals. Upsets the neighbors who are not followers.
    A problem when people suddenly are faced with “applauding and accepting diversity” right next door and they discover the behaviors are unpleasant/bizarre to them.. A bit like the cases where fathers/family members are killing daughters who date “nonbelievers” and “dishonor” the family by wanting to dress and act like all the other kids they have grown up with.
    Seems to me that people who arrive in a country not their own, benefit from the new country’s society structure/education and business opportunities should follow the rules/laws of the place they immigrated to. They left their old home for some reason, so why do they feel they have to right to come to a new place and demand everyone change and follow the rules of their original homelands? Odd. So human though.

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    • colonialist says:

      Quite so. If people choose to follow bizarre customs because they were brought up to do so that’s quite OK with me – as long as they don’t include anything which provides an inconvenience, or is contrary to civilised standards based on simple principles of not unnecessarily harming living creatures, human or otherwise.

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  3. This a a brilliant piece – can you send it to The Telegraph for their letters page – it needs to be read…
    GK Chesterton said that when we invoke old tradition, we are giving the dead a vote !

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    • colonialist says:

      I have done so. Possibly it is too long after the article on 30th to be regarded as topical, but anyway …
      GK certainly had that right. Of course, some of the particularly brilliant dead have earned one.

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  4. gipsika says:

    Myself – I’d like to find a solution to the slaughter altogether. Humane or inhumane, animals technically don’t need to die in this day and age. Btw for those who are banting (diet heavy in animal products, esp. the fats, and avoiding carbohydrates) : It’s perfectly possible to do banting as a vegetarian. As a vegan (no eggs, milk etc) you may have some trouble…

    You know my views on the race card. It’s ridiculous. If you are what you eat, we all ought to aim to be nutcases and fruit cakes rather than cows or sheep.

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    • colonialist says:

      That is certainly the way to go. Total vegans may find it more than normally expensive to feed themselves, but feed themselves they can. My eldest granddaughter is proof of that. A complete vegan, and an extremely healthy and fit girl.

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      • gipsika says:

        My cousin is also a healthy vegan. I feel that by consuming milk we’re not hurting animals, and while we have abortion clinics we shouldn’t even raise questions about unfertilized eggs (non-free-range). Also, by consuming honey or wearing wool we’re not exactly ”inconveniencing” the animals, that’s just silly. Well, perhaps the honey, yes. But yes – vegans most certainly have the moral high-grounds.

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        • colonialist says:

          Most dairy farms do have practices which are abhorrent, but I can’t see much wrong with free-range eggs. One can get a bit too carried away, though. Next it would only be plants one doesn’t have to harm – like fallen fruit. Cutting and uprooting verboten.

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          • gipsika says:

            😀 It already exists – and then there are the loonies that have decided even eating fruit is “taking the plant’s children away”, and they try to survive on sunlight! According to nutritional scientist Udo Pollmer, one can in other words catch terminal idiocy online and die from it.

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      • gipsika says:

        I didn’t know that Little R is a vegan! Kudos to her! Spirited, isn’t she?

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  5. not much logic in religion unfortunately – hanging on to traditions just because they are traditions and even if they are abhorrent is just tunnel vision

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  6. Guy says:

    There are a fair number of Pizza Huts and KFCs that only serve Halal meat over here now.

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  7. adeeyoyo says:

    RACE ! Do we belong to the human(e) race? Is there an animal race? Haha. Against whom are we running this race? Incidentally, a couple of days ago I saw online a mix of videos purporting to be filmed inside various abattoirs. What a disg-race that was!

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  8. granny1947 says:

    I, totally, agree with you Col. It sickens me.

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  9. It is past time to examine our traditions, our ways and customs and eliminate all that is not born of compassion and awareness. To continue a practice of sacrificing animals….how can this possibly please any form of god? Any human? Any part of creation? It seems yo me that these discussions, just like ones about senseless mass shootings in the U.S. degenerate into I should have the right to do whatever the hell I want because my ancestors, or my religion, or my stupidity says I can.
    Didn’t someone once say that you cannot remove with logic an idea that was planted illogically?
    Nevertheless we must continue to confront, to educate, to expose, to call for change. And hope. Continue to hope.

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  10. disperser says:

    I don’t see this sweeping around the world . . . the problem is that many authorities hold similar beliefs . . . Challenge one belief, and you have to challenge all of them. Many, many people find that outside their comfort zone . . .

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    • colonialist says:

      People can believe whatever they like, as long as it doesn’t create behaviour which is harmful beyond normally accepted parameters – whether to other humans or to creatures. All such behaviour should, indeed, be challenged. Causing physical harm or humiliation, undue pain or stress to animals, discriminatory practices against women or minorities – not one of those things should have blind eyes turned.

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    • disperser says:

      Harm from belief often goes well beyond the obvious, and belief, by definition, should always be challenged.

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  11. Kev says:

    I don’t get the equations. Anyone could make anything out of anything and call it racism if we adopt these kind of perspectives. People need to get their heads out of their A-holes cause their breathing stinks.

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    • colonialist says:

      People are truly crazy. They freak out if some celebrity uses words long-established as describing certain races, but in totally harmless or humorous context , but then go on condoning these revolting practices.

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      • Kev says:

        Racism is the easiest bandwagon to jump on… personally, I think it’s extremely low and vile to pull the racist card over something so trivial as a word out of context. Why don’t the just start policing freedom of expression and lock us all up for it.

        I don’t condone any kind of animal cruelty and that’ s what this is. It has nothing to do with race or culture. The poor innocent creatures are the ones paying the price… But I fail to comprehend how this relates to race. ???

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    • libraschild says:

      I think it is telling the article in question originated in England, there is an incredible fear of being seen as ‘intolerant’ in the country which has resulted in terrorists pretending to be their sisters in burkas and not being asked to reveal themselves at customs to avoid insulting someone. It means you can do anything you like and claim your ‘rights’ have been infringed even when they have no bearing on what the rest of the country or even the world ascribes to

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      • colonialist says:

        That bandwagon needs to be tipped over. When a ‘culture’ begs to be insulted, nobody should be shy to do so.

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      • Kev says:

        It’s controversial… but things are changing. I don’t think any of us like the idea of someone hiding their identity… but we don’t make the rules. Personally, and I speak for many Brits when I say this, I think we should start imposing our own rules and culture upon those who come here instead of giving in to theirs… just as they do with us. After all, they are coming here, we are not going there. But we have too many “do gooders” in power.

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        • colonialist says:

          I have never seen the sense in capitulating in such a way that a majority is inconvenienced or annoyed or shackled just to accommodate a minority. ‘Traffic calming devices’ are a case in point. A literal cop-out.

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        • libraschild says:

          I totally agree with you Kev. I think emigrating to a country means accepting their belief systems and customs. You may not like them but you have to respect them if you want to stay. Personally I think the french are perfectly in their rights to demand non-secular systems in their government mean coverings to head are not allowed in public buildings, whether you are Muslim or Catholic or anything else and the Swiss for not allowing tall minarets. Not because they are stifling your personal belief but these customs and rights you are demanding are against the customs and building regulations of the place you have moved to. I think the british taxation system is completely rubbish as I derive no benefit from it but I accept it is part of how the UK is able to assist so many others!

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          • Kev says:

            It is within every countries right. What I don’t like is then they come over here and then have problems with deep routine traditions like Christmas for example… there was controversy over the lights one year… I mean… this is us, this is how we do it. If they don’t like it, they should leave, not try to change it.

            It their country is so wonderful and their traditions, and religion are so important to them, they should stay where they are or return when they can.

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  12. I am opposed to cruelty to any species, animal or human.

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  13. newsferret says:

    Give Cristina a double Bells, I can but only agree with her all religions suck and form the basis of our evil world.

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    • colonialist says:

      I think I need to revise the piece – it seems that you are attributing to Cristina my own contribution. She is saying let the religionists get on with it, and racists are the ones opposing them. *gets out editing pen*

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  14. Some – civilised – countries have already put animal rights above fairy tales.

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