PETA and the Word of Wisdom

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Apparently, PETA has members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on their team now. A billboard ad was recently erected in Salt Lake City, UT, that has an image of God with a staff in his right hand and a handful of vegetables in the left hand (symbolical?). The caption read, “And [animals] hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.” It then gives Doctrine and Covenants 89:15 as the scriptural reference.

An article in today’s Salt Lake Tribune quotes from Sean Diener and Tom Rogers. Diener is mentioned as a spokesperson for PETA, and while the article doesn’t specifically quote him as saying the passage says what the billboard ad says it does, it does imply that.

I’m not sure why the Tribune chose Rogers. Other than being a “dairyman-turned-vegetarian”, the article gives no indication to what significance Rogers has in either interpreting scripture or even commenting on the issue. Of course any average Joe could be used to give his opinion on the issue, but if that was the reasoning, why not pick another average Joe to give an opposing opinion. Why use an official spokesperson from both sides (Diener and LDS spokesperson Mike Otterson), but only an average Joe for one side. I’ll never understand the logic in the media.

Anyhow, the end of the article has Rogers stating that LDS scripture, if taken literally, makes it pretty clear that meat should be eliminated from the diet. Using his suggestion, however, D&C 89:15?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùin reference to verse 14?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùspecifies only beasts of the field, flying fowl and wild animals. No mention of poultry or seafood. It could also be interpreted to refer to all grain. That’s literal.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The scriptures do not condone an herbivore diet any more than they condone a carnivore diet.

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  1. LDS vegetarians like to quote scripture and church leaders and Hugh Nibley a religious professor that went over people’s heads to support there position.

    However they manipulate the scriptures and prophets and apostles not interested in following them. Abel really offered fruit sacrifice and Cain offered animal sacrifice. John the Baptist and the Jaredites didn’t eat honey from the bee’s Jesus didn’t really eat fish and honeycomb.

    Some of that is not translated correctly. Or the apocrypha and dead sea scrolls are inspired of God. (when it suits there interpretation).

    Problem with some of what they say and the dead sea scrolls and apocrypha can easily be found. In the true order of revelation. Revelation only comes in properly appointed channels and scriptures not given to us through proper channels and near death experiences are not proper channels.

    I don’t know about BYU-Hawaii but BYU in Provo and Idaho offer extensive animal science programs. Animal products are served on all three campuses.

    The church for welfare and commercial purposes has extensive cattle, dairy, chicken and honey operations as well as a hunting preserve. Many prominent leaders occupations were ranchers, butchers, dairymen and other evil occupations according to the LDS PETA sympathisers. Including an apostle who owned a meat retail store. That would not happen if the church did not believe in using animal products.

    Interesting referring the animals as brothers and sisters my friend. And twisting section 49 and Timothy of the doctrine and covenants but using dead sea scrolls and apocrypha for backup to help them preach to us. At least if we know the order of revelation they fall out of it for us. and is some of their manipulation and nonsense.

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