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Church silence promotes violence to humans, to animals, to our environment, to our economy, to our education, to our finances, and to our health.
By: Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman

Letter from Michelle - 11 Jan 2005

Thank you.

I think you have a wonderful website with information and points that no one can reasonably argue with. Christians and non-Christians who feel animals are nothing but objects to be used will be forced to change their views when they are backed into a corner. Maybe if the Christians knew just how many people turn away from their religion because of their savage thinking, they would reconsider.

What I don't understand is why they would so wrongly misinterpreted God's word in such a barbaric way. They portray Him as vicious, favoring only one species above all others, and giving permission to that one species to torture and mutilate any other species out there. It's not right. God is supposed to be merciful and caring. Why wouldn't He care for His other creations? Why would He be so cruel, to make so many different species, and then allow one species to dominate and oppress every other living creature? Create life just to have it destroyed.

How is it different to inflict suffering on an animal than on a human? There is no difference, and hopefully people such as you and I will help all those ignorant people who think otherwise to see the truth. I really am hoping with all my heart that one day animal life will be viewed as sacred as human life, and it should be. I long for the day when animals are respected as they should be. Only when all sentient life is viewed as equal will we have true peace and harmony, because then, and only then will hatred and anger be overcome.

Thanks for reading.

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Church Silence Promotes Violence
The intent of this series is to wake up and encourage the Church to greater works of love and compassion (John 14:12).  It is not to condemn the Church, in general, or any individual, any more than Jesus condemned the woman caught in adultery.  Jesus said to her, "...go your way.  From now on sin no more." (John 8:11)  And this is our message to the Church:  Recognize our sins of the past and go forth seeking to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48), correcting the sins of the past, for that is the only way we can truly show the world that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, might, and mind, including the whole of creation, which includes our neighbors whom we are to love as ourselves.