Jan 24, 2012

On Virginia's Bible Thumping Sunday Hunters

There's so many things wrong with this story that I hardly know what bit of junk to pick out first...
The differing views of Sunday hunting in Virginia is contaminated with superstitious rubbish that goes something like this:

A deer and rabbit hunter says that God wants wildlife to have a day of rest.

And the guy who hunts elk and pigs, thinks it's his "God given right" to hunt any time.

In the end it comes down to "sacred" property rights and "holy" money. The additional killing day is worth $300 million... And well, people own land and all the life in it.

I say the deer, the rabbits, pigs and anyone who possesses a body has a right to the life within it... All the time!

If Sunday is a day to pick up "The Good Book".  May I recommend a few others?
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. ~Susan B. Anthony


David Ashton said...

Good quote by Susan B. Anthony.

Perhaps the following is sung while blasting the ducks and geese out of the air:

God sees the little sparrow fall,
It meets His tender view;
If God so loves the little birds,
I know He loves me, too.

veganelder said...

Great one from Ms. Anthony. Many years ago when it dawned on me that no one had a pipeline to god it was tremendously freeing...now...if only we could get humans to stop murdering others. :-)

CQ said...

Bea E. and Susan B. are the best!

So are David A. and V.E. and Maria Straub (1838-1898). The latter wrote "God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall" in 1874, according to CyberHymnal.org.

These lines are among my favorites on this subject:

He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
. . .
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
~ from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

All of these comments and quotes, both prose and poetry, are pretty clear: one follows God's will ONLY when one loves all, and harms none. Period.

Harry said...

The absolute drivel that seeps like sewerage from some people's mouths .... if these sorry people could see through their dark veil of self-interest they would be ashamed and appalled at what they sprout. While I do not believe violence is any solution, I could not help but relish parts of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (OK, I accept the admonishment). And while I know it's wrong, a part of me would love to arm rabbits and deer and pigs and elk every Sunday, and disarm humans on that same day!

ingrid said...

I also love the Susan B. Anthony quote. Thanks for reminding me of that.

Bea Elliott said...

David - That's a thoughtful little poem. It's sweetness shows how different your world view is than the one these "sport" murderers have created. Thank you!

Bea Elliott said...

Hi Veganelder - I know what you mean about a pipeline to god... Not having it (or thinking you don't) sets us up to accept all sorts of guilts and "remedies". Wasn't it animal sacrifice that was suppose to compensate for some of our missed communications with god? And from then on - it all sucked worse. Yes. Humans should stop murdering others - Centuries ago. :/

Appreciate your thoughts! ;)

Bea Elliott said...

CQ - It's true. Following God... Or as I see it - Following good only happens when there's respect, empathy and kindness to the least among us. If compassion isn't meant for the smallest ones of us - Then what value is any of it? And surely that kind of love ought to be a 24/7 kind of thing - Or it's nothing at all!

I appreciate your comment! ;)

Bea Elliott said...

Hello Harry! I too had the same momentary pleasure watching the retribution in the ending scene of Planet of the Apes! I don't know that such a story of captivity and murder could have any other end. (?)

There's not many who hunt, work a kill floor or an experimental lab, who voluntarily put down their weapons when looking into the pleading eyes of the victims. These monsters have forgotten how to see. And that's awfully sad.

Of course I know you're not violent! And neither am I! But fighting for life? Well, there's got to be some right in that! The right to arm bears! I'm all for it! ;)

Bea Elliott said...

Glad for your visit Ingrid! I just got lost in your flicker page of awesome photographs! Each more uplifting than the other!

I got a hard hit back to the ground though when I read your recent post on the Snow Geese and those who shoot with guns and not cameras. What a pitiful story to have to tell - But I'm glad you did...

That taking life thing is riddled with incongruousness. Any day of the week - there's not much "god-like" about it. But there seems to be everything good about revealing the birds in the sky! A heavenly backdrop for their precious lives. Stay at it! You have an eye and a mind into their souls... (thank you).