RE: Cecil the Lion – “Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice” August 5, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, secularism, silliness, Society.
I’m a WASP. At least, I was born one. I’m as White Anglo Saxon Protestant as they come. My entire patrilineal heritage draws from England and Scotland. My mother’s side is German and Norwegian. And of course I was raised in a good protestant home.
But I heard a great line in a movie nearly 30 years ago that’s stuck with me ever since. It struck me as very true then, just as it does now. It’s from the movie Wall Street, and anti-hero Gordon Gekko reveals his disgust and incomprehension at the elite white extremely rich class he has bought himself into: “That’s the thing about WASPs. They love animals, but they can’t stand people.”
That phrase has been on my mind of late as I’ve witnessed the completely predictable head fake conducted by the media on the Planned Barrenhood expose. Since the leftist media will do everything in their power to protect one of their most sacred shibboleths – abortion – they had to find a titillating, emotion-filled story to distract as many people as possible. Since Americans have a fascination with furry animals, this story of Cecil the Lion was perfect to their ends. So they picked their target, framed, froze it, and whipped up fury to destroy it. Meanwhile, Planned Butcherhood continues to sell murdered baby parts for profit every day.
I’m a hunter, though I haven’t been the past couple of years. I have no problem shooting a “defenseless” animal. I do find it a bit gruesome and unfortunate that this hunter was so inaccurate that he left an animal to suffer for days before finishing him off, but that can occasionally happen to even the best, most careful hunter. I feel not even the slightest outrage over the death of Cecil the Lion. It may have been a “canned” hunt – I have no idea – but a lion is a deadly animal. It’s not a deer. Millions of people outraged over this lion and ready to literally kill the poor dentist who shot him couldn’t spare a tear over the hamburger they had for lunch nor the baby being ripped apart, dying in agony down the street. To me, it’s a huge indictment of the moral inversion that has afflicted this nation over the past several decades and a dark portent for the future.
But I stumbled across a quote by the great G. K. Chesterton that I think sheds even more light on where this country is, and where it’s headed:
There is a healthy and an unhealthy love of animals: and the nearest definition of the difference is that the unhealthy love of animals is serious. I am quite prepared to love a rhinoceros, with reasonable precautions: he is, doubtless, a delightful father to the young rhinoceroses. But I will not promise not to laugh at a rhinoceros. . . . I will not worship an animal. That is, I will not take an animal quite seriously: and I know why.
Wherever there is Animal Worship there is Human Sacrifice. That is, both symbolically and literally, a real truth of historical experience.
That is very true. I’ve been reading Jeremias, Baruch, and Lamentations recently. These prophets decried the faithlessness of the Israelis in their adoption of satanic pagan religions. These religions featured animal worship, and they also featured human sacrifice. The Jews, God’s chosen, given incredible Grace and all Truth necessary for them to lead moral, upright lives, had forsaken their birthright and allowed their own infant children to be burned to death as an offering to an angry, threatening Ba’al. This rejection of God and their covenant went on for decades, generations. Prophets were sent to turn them from their path of self-destruction, but in their pride and idiocy the Israelis would not convert. So, God punished them, allowing all Israel to be conquered and dispersing the 12 tribes around the world. 10 of those tribes vanished forever.
The outrage over the death of Cecil the Lion and the cold indifference towards the butchery of Planned Barrenhood has disheartened me. I’m not altogether surprised, but it is still disappointing to see. This outrage may not signal outright animal worship, but how many adherents to the silly neo-pagan environmental Gaia-worship are very far away from that? How many “ethicists” are out there proclaiming that its perfectly acceptable for parents to be able to murder a 5 year old, but it is morally questionable to eat a kernel of wheat (plants have feelings, too, you know!) and absolutely abhorrent to step on an ant. Even so-called Catholic women religious go out into the forest and enact wiccan nature worship. We perhaps are not as far from animal worship as we think we are.
I’ll admit, I’ve developed a bit of a coarse attitude towards animals, despite having a house full of them (2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 cockatiels, a leopard lizard, 30 odd chickens, and periodic insects, snakes, and lizards). I used to be a person who thought of my dog as almost a member of the family, and then I had kids. The depth of attachment for my kids made anything I had ever felt for animals simply pale in comparison. There is no comparison. And ever since, while I pet my dog (not the other one) more than anyone else and make sure all the other animals are attended to, I could take them or leave them, honestly. Maybe my heart’s a bit hard towards Cecil, but I just do not get it. I do not get the outrage, I do not get this thing that’s developed in our culture where we have to have weekly targets for our two minutes hate. It says to me a lot of people (I think, mostly progressives) are miserable and looking for some outlet, any outlet on which to vent their pent up bile. Next week it will be someone else. And a lot of those targets are good Christians, who just happen to hold beliefs the progressive left now finds conveniently abhorrent.
Does not the stage seem increasingly set for a charismatic demagogue to sweep in and take over? Oh………
On a lighter note: