- Universal Prayer of
- Essay: Should Animal Activists Make Analogies with
- This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary
1. Universal Prayer of Forgiveness
By Sandie Ann
(Interpreted and created from various prayers and verses)
For all of the people that have caused you any pain or suffering,
harm or shame, fear, guilt or doubt. Whatever injustices those people
have imposed and inflicted upon you, throughout your lifetime, whether
they had done so intentionally or not, knowingly or unknowingly.
Please Forgive those people.
For those that maybe you may
have caused some pain or suffering, harm, shame, fear, guilt or doubt,
too, knowingly or unknowingly. May those people Forgive you.
And for yourself, for any harm you may have imposed and
inflicted upon yourself, whether it be emotional, mental, spiritual,
nutritional, sexual, physical or financial, whatever injustices there
may have been, knowingly or unknowingly, Please Forgive yourself.
May you be strong and healthy.
May you be happy and peaceful.
May you be safe, sane and secure from all inner and outer harm.
you take great care of yourself with joy, love and laughter.
May your life unfold smoothly and with ease.
there is anything that is heavy on your heart, mind and soul today. If
there is anything that is of burden to you, please take it and take it
all and wrap each piece of it into brilliant white, healing, loving,
forgiving caring light and bless it all as you hand it graciously to
God giving it all thanks and praise, for everyone and every experience
that comes into our life is truly a gift and a blessing from God.
And may the Divinity and the Sacredness that resides within
your soul recognize the Divinity and the Sacredness in all of life, in
all of God’s creation.
Should Animal Activists Make Analogies with the Holocaust?
Many animal activists have shown similarities between the contemporary
treatment of nonhumans, particularly those on factory farms, to the
Holocaust. The analogies have angered many Holocaust survivors and
their families, who often assert that the comparison belittles
Holocaust victims. Should animal activists be sensitive to or change
their strategies on account of this sentiment?
I do think
animal activists should aim to be sensitive to those who suffered
during and after the Holocaust. Many people had horrific experiences,
and many lost close family members. Indeed, there are many survivors
who have no other family members who survived the tragedy. I think
that one thing pains many Holocaust survivors is the notion that their
beloved family and friends are being equated with nonhuman animals. I
would argue that it is not necessary to equate the value of the
victims in order to see that there are real analogies in the attitudes
and underlying philosophies between those who perpetrated the Nazi
Holocaust and those who are responsible for contemporary treatment of
animals. In a future essay I will consider whether or not the victims
should be regarded equally. I will argue in the upcoming weeks that
the victimizers have similar mindsets.
Holocaust survivors are
understandably upset when people with a broad range of concerns use
Nazi or Holocaust imagery to advance their own cause. As I see it,
analogies that are silly will fail to get much traction, such calling
women who insist on gender-neutral word use “feminazis.” The analogies
will attract public interest only if there are legitimate grounds for
If the comparison between the Nazis’
treatment of their victims and the contemporary treatment of nonhumans
is valid, then articulating the analogy makes many people
uncomfortable. Nobody wishes to be equated with the Nazis, which in
contemporary language is synonymous with evil. In particularly,
meat-eating Holocaust survivors are deeply offended if they are
compared to the people they understandably despise. But, if the
analogy is valid, then should it be used, even if doing so offends
some people? I will explore this further next week.
3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and
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