SeaWorld tragedy could have been avoided by following scripture
A few days ago, an orca named Tilikum dragged trainer Dawn Brancheau down into the water, drowning her before a crowd of spectators. This wasn’t the first time the killer whale was involved in a deadly incident, and this has galvanized the American Family Association into action. They released a statement saying this tragedy could have been avoided had the owners of SeaWorld simply followed scripture:
Chalk another death up to animal rights insanity and to the ongoing failure of the West to take counsel on practical matters from the Scripture. [...] Says the ancient civil code of Israel, “When an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner shall not be liable.” (Exodus 21:28) So, your animal kills somebody, your moral responsibility is to put that animal to death. You have no moral culpability in the death, because you didn’t know the animal was going to go postal on somebody. But, the Scripture soberly warns, if one of your animals kills a second time because you didn’t kill it after it claimed its first human victim, this time you die right along with your animal. To use the example from Exodus, if your ox kills a second time, “the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death.” (Exodus 21:29)
You hear that? The owners of SeaWorld should have been stoned to death, along with Tilikum for their sins! Of course, the logistics of stoning an underwater animal is a bit unclear (I guess they would have to string her up and fetch some pretty damn big boulders to get the job done). They would also have had to sacrifice his fat and bone to the Lord, since he desires the burnt flesh of sinful animal murderers (he loves his blood and sinew, don’t you know?)
It’s some pretty gruesome shit if you ask me. If the American Family Association had their way, we’d all be following the edicts of a Bronze Age manuscript with some pretty fucked up rituals and rules. We’d have to stone to death adulterers, homosexuals, kids who talk back to their parents, college students who work the weekend shift at the local 7-11 and tarot card readers (ok, maybe that one’s not so bad). Does that sound like something we want to do as a civilized society?
If you think the AFA (formerly known as the dubiously named “National Federation for Decency”) is fringe; think again. They have over half a million members, and some include influential politicians and policy makers, like senators Jim DeMint (R-SC), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Sam Brownback (R-KS) to name a few. If things keep looking this good, we’ll all be invited to stoning parties, which is a lot more fun than watching a bunch of whales doing flips and drowning trainers, don’t you agree?
(props to Think Progress for the find)