American Samizdat

Thursday, March 22, 2007. *
A Santeria priest who is suing Euless [Texas] over his religious practice of animal sacrifice would be allowed to kill chickens and hold small weekly gatherings at his home under a settlement offered by city attorneys. But the proposal would continue to prohibit the sacrifice of goats – a practice that Jose Merced says is as essential to Santeria as communion is to Catholics. And it would limit the gatherings to 25 people.

Merced said he will reject the city's offer as a restriction on his religious freedom. "You cannot do initiations without an animal with four legs. You cannot do it with just chickens," he said. "Without that, the religion ceases to exist."

[Eating animals? I'll ask for seconds. Medical research on animals? I'm for it. Military research on animals? I can just barely consider it acceptable in a few specific instances. Animal products in fashion or cosmetics? I'm guessing there are plenty of good alternatives. Religious sacrifice of animals? That has no place in the 21st Century, at all. I'd sure like to see PETA and their kin go after religious sacrifice of animals first and foremost (not incidentally), as it is the least excusable cause of animal death. The largest, oldest and most powerful occult group active today has good advice on this issue.]


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