Saturday, February 16, 2013

Eating horses and kittens

The ex-child-star turned (oops, clearly I was thinking of his sometimes partner Kirk Cameron!) evangelical "rock star", Ray Comfort, recently posted:
There was a big fuss recently in Sweden about lasagna and burgers containing horse meat. Sweden is atheist heaven, and so there shouldn’t be any hard and fast table manners—other than “if it tastes good, eat it.”

So why aren’t cats and horses on restaurant menus in most countries? It’s because Judeo/Christian nations base what is right and wrong to eat on the rules God gave to the Jews. But if atheism has its way, we can expect restaurants to expand their menus to include eagle-wings, double-double whale burgers, fresh cat casseroles, and tasty little kitten fingers. When any nation forsakes God, it defaults to mob rule (what society dictates) and that can go anywhere it wants
I just have a few comments about that somewhat incoherent argument (after all, if Sweden is such an "atheist heaven" and if atheists don't care what God wants them to eat, why are the Swedes making such a "big fuss"?).

First, "the rules God gave to the Jews" don't ban just horses and cats. They ban a lot of thing that Christians eat happily - Comfort among them, I'll wager: rabbits and lobsters and shrimp and clams and pork in all its varieties from bacon (baaaacon) to sausage to pork chops.

After all, as most Christians are aware, the Jewish dietary laws don't apply to Christians. In Acts 10, God sent Peter a dream which, in the most narrow interpretation possible, means that Christians can in fact eat anything that "tastes good". Many denominations interpret that dream more widely, but you really can't interpret it more narrowly than that.

"Judeo/Christian nations" - whatever he means by that - don't really exist. And the countries he puts the label on - they're hardly monolithic. Christian nations have eaten horses for a very long time now. France, for instance, Mexico, and Italy - and you can't get much more Christian than that! In Scandinavia, eating horse meat was condemned by the church because it harked back to pagan sacrifices; in Britain horses were sacred to Epona and Rhiannon. Comfort's cultural revulsion isn't based on his god's commandments, but his culture's pagan past.



At 4:30 PM, February 16, 2013 Blogger fev had this to say...

Can you get a kosher bacon cheeseburger in atheist heaven? I'm starting to like the sound of the place.

At 6:28 AM, February 18, 2013 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

I don't know if this is still true, but 40 years ago the Harvard Faculty Club was famous for always having horse meat on its menu.


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