Category Archives: Sacrifice Delusions

Ritual Meat & the Sham of Halal and Kosher

Ancient humans, with not a hint of science to hinder them, conjured up whatever outrageous self-serving fantasies they wanted. In the service of some of these fantasies, innocent victims—animals, children, prisoners—were sacrificed. This was with the sanction of social and political leaders. Today we continue to have ritual slaughter for food, passed down through generations from superstitious and barbaric tribesman, backed by social leaders. But there is a problem with this.

For the faithful, how an animal is slaughtered has meaning in relation to some form of lame-brained cosmological order. In other words, fabricated meaning based on ancient texts is inherent in the slaughtering of animals for food. • • •

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Folly at the Alter

Prehistoric humans projected meanings onto their environment, and as bizarre as any was the belief that in eating an animal or fellow human you acquired its traits. This meant animal eating was valued added with the imagined profit of physical or spiritual enhancements. It is a small step to extend this to value-adding supernatural favors through the act of sacrifice, an act as ancient as religion itself. As if a quota were demanded to sate fate’s bloody maw, a sacrifice might help to ward of your own death or as a favor or homage to the gods. Supernatural reward through killing is a mentality common in human animal tribes the world over and across time. • • •

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Piety & Pole-Axe: The Lunacy of Blood Festivals

Ancient superstitious absurdities behind the unnecessary sacrifice and suffering of nonhumans still flourish in the modern world. Sacrificial events to rival those of biblical times—such as Solomon sacrificing of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats (I Kings 63) or Passover offerings of 1000s of cattle and 100s of oxen (2 Chronicles 35:8-9)—continue in Nepal with the support of officials and local businesses seeking profit. Even the sacrificing of children, once popular in Iron Age holy lands (Leviticus 18:21, 20:1-5; Deuteronomy 12:31; Ezek. 16:20-21) continues today in countries such as Africa and India, where animals are forgone for top-shelf victims thought to yield higher rewards. • • •

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Korean Protesters Kill Animals to Show Emotion

Projecting sins onto scapegoats is a delusional act that goes back to the days before science and rationality. Yet even with science and rationality, you still get humans exercising the “scapegoat” impulse, sometimes disguised by belief systems or cloaked in ceremonial practices.

In the case of this Korean protest, a young pig was sacrificed to express how emotional people felt. It symbolized the “sin” they objected to. That’s all. The protesters, around 1,500 of them, were at the rally in Icheon to protest the proposal to relocate a US military facility (or perhaps only an office) to the area.

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Such barbarism, however, only reflects badly on scum performing it. • • •

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