Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - May 14, 2024
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Movie Review: Christspiracy
  2. More Leafleting Reports from Rick Hershey
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Movie Review: Christspiracy

The documentary Christspiracy begins when filmmaker Kip Anderson is asked, “Is there a spiritual way to kill an animal?” This sets him on an international quest to see whether any religions have identified an affirmative answer to the question. He talked to leaders of several faiths, including Buddhism and Hinduism, and their answers seem shallow, self-serving, and unconvincing. For example, a Buddhist monk declares that it is permissible for him to eat meat because, if he did not actually slaughter the animal himself, there will be no ill consequences for him in the next life.

Much of the film looks at Christianity, with particular attention to Jesus' disruption of the Temple sacrifices. Most Christians today hold that Jesus was trying to disrupt the social and economic system of the day. At that time, the Temple priests, who were beholden to the Roman overlords, enjoyed wealth at the expense of the impoverished masses. Therefore, Matthew 21:13 reads: “He [Jesus] said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you make it a den of robbers.” (See also Mark 11:17 and Luke 19:46.) In the film biblical scholars argue that “violent ones” is a better translation than “robbers,” and this would seem to make sense. If Jesus were really concerned about social inequities, why would he drive the animals out of the Temple (John 2:15)? Liberating the animals from their fate would seem to have little relevance to the economic grievances. Similarly, why would Jesus have justified turning over the money-changer tables by referring to the spiritual purpose of the Temple rather than the role of the Temple hierarchy in maintaining economic injustice? Disrupting the sacrifices, on the other hand, would have related to the spiritual role of the Temple, which was designed to bring people closer to God. Recall that Jesus twice said, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13, 12:7), echoing the sentiments of Hosea (6:6) and other later prophets who objected to the sacrificial cult.

Like Anderson’s other films Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, What the Health, and Seaspiracy, Christspiracy is provocative and engaging. For those interested in a deeper dive into whether Jesus was focused on ending animal sacrifices, I recommend the book Disciples by Keith Akers and the Mark Vernon – Talks and Thoughts podcast on 3/12, which is a discussion with Christspiracy co-producer Kameron Waters.

2. More Leafleting Reports from Rick Hershey

I handed out 2750 CVA booklets in pleasant weather at Great Southern Bank Arena on the campus of Missouri State U, mostly to kids in a sold out crowd for Winter Jam.

Carol S. and I handed out 3000 CVA booklets at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City for Winter Jam.

Most of the booklets that I gave out went to kids, and most of the time that I leafleted it was raining.

3. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

All-Creatures.org Newsletter, May 1, 2024

Humane Hoax Chicken Webinar/Respect for Chickens month —for Justice for All, Be the Change — World Week for Lab Animals — another tribute to Karen Davis/UPC — raising compassion through ‘spirited arts’ — a rescinded dinner invitation — Life of Pei [book] — Bird flu in cows? — another rescued Tiger cub — Canadian perspective on Wolves — creeping death rates at California’ horseracing tracks — Food is Climate [book] — and more…

All-Creatures.org Newsletter, May 8, 2024

Acting on our aspirations! — Miami Seaquarium’s sea lion Bud died — 200 wild Horses will NOT be ‘removed’ — Vegan Muslim initiative launched — Building Multispecies Resistance against Exploitation [book] — Felony charge dropped against Animal rescuer — rescued Lion couple now in sanctuary — the many ‘accepted’ ways to kill Wolves — bee-killing insecticide ‘approved’ again! — and more…

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In the Love of the Lord,
Frank L Hoffman


Tams Nicholson
Executive Directress

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