11-23-2011, 03:48 AM
I might have to double check some research studies, but I don't think eating a halal turkey is going to sneaky-convert you to Islam.
Just to be safe though you might want to create a circle of salt and chant or somethingOriginally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
11-23-2011, 04:05 AM
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There are two aspects to kosher/halal procedure: one is the mechanics of the kill and the other is the prayers required at the time of the kill. For some, the method of killing (for both kosher and halal procedures) seems more barbaric and hurtful to the animal than more modern methods, but that is not the only issue in this thread. A real sticking point is the prayer over the dying animal. In order to be halal, the name of God (Allah) must be pronounced over every dying animal.
If you are a true Christian who believes in the power of prayer and the energetic force of properly performed ritual, then having a food item where that power has been applied by a rival religion with a rival god is a spiritual wrong, especially when that god has been invoked against you and your country in deadly attacks.
If you're an atheist or agnostic, Butterball could pray over the turkey to any entity and it would be meaningless, since you would believe that no entity was around to hear the prayer and receive the energy of the ritual.
Kosher food is acceptable to many Christians because it is the same God (Yahweh) to whom the prayers and ritual would be offered. Halal food is not because Yahweh is not identified with Allah.
The woman who wrote the original article, Pamela Geller, is Jewish and her reasons may be the same as that of Christians, although one might also see her having antipathy towards Islamic nations that dispute Israel's right to exist. I am not sure where she is coming from; just offering that as a possibility.
11-23-2011, 04:31 AM
When did you join PETA?
I live in Texas and have grown up around hunters, I don't see anything inhumane about slitting an animals throat to kill it for food.
Some of my vegetarian friends would disagree, but I've seen animals being shot and going minutes before they are put out of their misery, and they became some of the most tasty sausage I ever had.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
11-23-2011, 05:15 AM
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To Christians, the God of Abraham includes the person of Jesus Christ as part of the godhead, the energy, if you will. Islam, on the other hand, regards Jesus as another prophet, a failed one, who was eventually superceded by Mohammad. Because Islam acknowledges Jesus but denies his godhood, it is both denying the nature of the one true god (which includes a Jesus energy) and is worshiping a very different god, even though it has the same historical pedigree.
You might argue that this is the identical situation for the Jews, who worship their God without a consubstantial Jesus, and you would be right. However, Jews and Christians share the same Old Testament and that identity of God the Father is acknowledged as the main god in both religions. In addition, Jews don't have the obvious scriptural references to Jesus that Islam does, demoting him to mere prophet status. (There apparently were or are references in the Talmud, but these are not widely known among Christians or secular Jews.) Finally, the current politics in Europe and the US allows for the glossing over of any small differences that may exist. Jews will not acknowledge or pray to Jesus, but Christians can join jews in a prayer to God the Father (Yahweh) and be pretty certain that it is the same basic deity.
This may all seem like splitting hairs, but religion has always been about doing just that. Religion is one of the chief ways in which people identify themselves and differentiate themselves from others, so hair splitting becomes crucial when differences are so fine.
11-23-2011, 12:16 PM
There is no point trying to explain it to Wei, he is trolling for a reaction that will entertain him.
11-23-2011, 03:18 PM
It's not like they are praying to Thor, they are praying to the God of Abraham it's just that (to a Christian) they are doing it improperly by not recognizing that same God as being personified through Christ.
I can see the argument that they are not properly praying or they are praying to an improper interpretation of the same God, but I don't see how that equates to praying to a totally different, separately existing God who will curse the turkey.
You're right, it is splitting hairs, and I know that goes on a lot in religious discussions, but how much does that matter here? If a Muslim offers a prayer for your safety or good blessing, should you be angry or run away because your God will be angered?
This just isn't how I have come to understand God, but I know different people will have different ideas.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
11-23-2011, 03:19 PM
Jew-haters post almost exactly the same kind of stuff about kosher slaughtering, personally I don't give a rat's ass about either one, as long as the meat isn't screwed up. They can chase the fuckers down with chainsaws, as long as they aim well and don't mess up the white meat.
I kinda like the bacon-wrapping ideas, for reasons totally unrelated to tolerating Islam.
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