Friday, April 8, 2011

Xenophobia Is Curable

One of Europe's first countries to allow Jews to practice their religion openly may soon pass a law banning centuries-old Jewish and Muslim traditions on the ritual slaughter of animals.

This is stupid. Kosher slaughter is an immensely humane method of killing an animal, requiring an extremely sharp knife to slit the throat in a manner that severs all the nerves and arteries causing the beast to collapse in a relatively painless manner.
Also, part of the method demands that no animal is slaughtered within view of another. As a result, the animal is kept calm and never senses panic. Halal slaughter (Islamic law) follows very much the same protocols.

Both methods of slaughter emphasise respect for the animal and gratitude to the Creator who provides it.

Neither point can be made for the accepted "Western" methods of factory meat production. It is for this reason that most of the fresh meat (exception: pork) that enters my kitchen is halal.

The real reason the Dutch are being asshats in this regard is to further harass their large migrant Muslim community.

I suggest to the Dutch: Maybe if you start having your own babies you won't need to import brown people to do the work that pays the taxes that provide your welfare state. As an added bonus, you won't look like assholes when you propose laws such as this.


Brian said...

Hmmm...animal rights nutters joining forces with nationalist bigots? I don't even care what they're proposing--I'm taking the other side.

I actually do think that how a state defines the limits of religious liberty is a really interesting and complicated question, if you look at the marginal cases. People do all sorts of things in the name of religion that others might not approve of: slaughter animals in a ritualistic way, clip their son's penises, marry multiple wives, deny medical treatment, take hallucinogens, stunt their daughters' education, or send their kids to live at sea and work as indentured servants on a billion-year contract. Even in the US where "free exercise" is spelled out very plainly, we allow some of these things, and not others. And it isn't as though there are hard and fast criteria for drawing that line.

Gino said...

i've been on record in support of polygamy rights for 30 yrs.