Weekly Newsletter - December 29, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Please Begin or Renew Your Annual Membership
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence, part 2
  3. Excellent Article by Matthew Scully
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Please Begin or Renew Your Annual Membership

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2. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence, part 2

A second principle of nonviolence is that it seeks to win friendship and understanding, and the result is reconciliation and redemption. This is crucial for developing the Beloved Community, about which I will write more later. In contrast, violence, at best, leads to an unstable equilibrium. Even if there is little outward violence, threats of violence maintain control. Victims of injustice will always be searching for opportunities to undermine unjust rulers, and they often seek revenge.

What if those in control have little interest in friendship or understanding? The efficacy of nonviolent actions requires a degree of good will, which might not be commonplace among humans. The ongoing massive abuse of nonhumans is cause for pessimism. Violence against animals cannot be justified by any moral code except egocentrism (which, arguably, is not a moral code at all). Discouragingly, most people actively support animal abuse, even though it obviously violates any sense of moral decency or justice. Yet, one might have a degree of optimism when one sees the growth of humanism, which regards all humans as worthy of moral consideration. For example, few would have predicted the growth of rights for LGBTQ people over the last generation.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. Excellent Article by Matthew Scully

Matthew Scully, a conservative former President Bush speechwriter, has been a major force in getting politically conservative readers to consider animal issues. Please read his powerful piece in the December 2016 issue of National Review entitled “Unthinkable Today, Obvious Tomorrow: The Moral Case for the Abolition of Cruelty to Animals.”


4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

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