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On her first day cohosting the View, Whoopi Goldberg defended football star Michael Vick, saying certain things are indicative to certain parts of the country. She said dogfighting in the South, like cockfighting in Puerto Rico, is not that unusual.
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Jan 7, 2007
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1. Animal Agriculture and Global Warming

An Inconvenient Truth: We Are Eating our Planet to Death
http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2006nl/dec/truth.htm
A New Global Warming Strategy
http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2006nl/dec/globalwarming.htm



2. CVA Activism

CVA Coordinator Lorena Mucke writes: My husband and I have been wearing the
CVA sweatshirts in public every occasion we can.  We've both noticed that
people look at us and read the words on them.  I had 2 people approach me
mentioning they had no idea that there was an organization like the CVA and
1 person saying that she'd never thought her choice of diet had anything to
do with her faith.  In all 3 instances I encouraged the people to visit the
CVA's website.  It would be great if more members wear CVA clothes and
accessories since they are a great way to spread the word about
vegetarianism without taking time away from anything!  I personally like to
wear my sweatshirt when I go grocery shopping.  To order CVA sweatshirts and
other materials, go to www.christianveg.org/materials.htm.



3. January 2007 Issue of The Peaceable Table

Contents Include:
Guest Editorial: "Scapegoating and Healing," by Stephen Kaufman, chair of
the Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA), deals with the attempt of people
to find security and self-esteem by scapegoating the vulnerable, both animal
and human.  Instead, we are called to heal.
Book Review: "Walter: The Story of a Rat," which tells us of a benevolent
rat who befriends a crotchety writer of children's books.
Film Review: Charlotte's Web, starring Dakota Fanning and Julia Roberts,
based on E.B. White's beloved classic.
Our Pilgrim this month, Susan Barber, began her journey to nonviolence by
defending wolves.
The Pioneer is John Todd Ferrier, who in 1904 founded the vegetarian
Christian fellowship The Order of the Cross.
You can read this issue at http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue28.html.



4. Christianity and Violence

Peacemaking and Christian Community

[This series reflects my views and not "official" CVA positions.  It is
being archived at http://www.christianveg.org/violence_view.htm.]

    Luke 9:51-55 relates a story that illustrates Jesus' commitment to
nonviolence.  Jesus and his disciples were not welcomed in a Samaritan
village "because his face was set toward Jerusalem."  There were
long-standing hostile feelings between Jews and Samaritans, and Jesus'
disciples James and John asked Jesus, "Lord, do you want us to bid fire come
down from heaven and consume them?"  Jesus "turned and rebuked them."  Jesus'
ministry involved reconciliation, not retributive violence.

The biblical accounts of Jesus' death and resurrection have reconfigured
violence.  Triumph does not entail vanquishing enemies.  Rev. Nuechterlein
has written, "God's cure for violence is completely different than ours.
God submits to our sacred violence in the cross and reveals it as
meaningless and powerless compared to God's power of life."1 Victory over
violence and death involves participating in the reconciliation of Creation,
which is life-affirming and love-affirming.

    When asked, nearly everyone says they prefer peace.  However, we know
that people sometimes endorse violence, particularly when an authority
(often for self-serving reasons) identifies marginal or foreign people as
"enemies."  The process involves mimetic behavior - people become enthused
about meting out violence in the name of "justice," "security," "national
honor," etc. as their neighbors become enthused.

    Acquisitive mimetic desires also inspire scapegoating-based violence.
According to mimetic theory, those people whose sense of self-worth derives
from having what their neighbors desire will be headed toward violence, even
if they regard themselves as peace-loving.  They will find themselves in
conflicts for scarce items, and these conflicts can easily escalate.
Indeed, unless both sides are committed to nonviolence, violence is the
final arbitrator of conflicts, if negotiation fails.

    Religions, including Christianity, have sometimes incited violence.  All
religions, by virtue of their claims to reveal truth, can enhance members'
self-esteem.  Many religious people also get a boost in self-esteem by
believing that they, and not other people, have the "one true faith."  This
is the kind of over-and-against posturing that generates mimetic rivalries
and undermines any peaceful message that the religion offers.  Those who
feel "superior" are more inclined to feel entitled to impose beliefs and
values onto other people (by force, if necessary), and to project their
fears and anger onto other people whom they regard as "inferior" and "evil."

    Since we are inherently mimetic creatures, our goal should not be to
eradicate mimesis, nor is it possible to eliminate desire.  Rather, we
should align our desires with those of God.  As Christians, we are taught to
imitate Jesus, who derived his own desires not from fellow humans but from
God.  As the writer of Hebrews stated, "For we have not a high priest who is
unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has
been tempted as we are, yet without sinning" (4:15).

    While following Jesus helps Christians find peace in their hearts,
peacemaking also has a communal element, because violence is a communal
problem with communal origins.  It is important, but insufficient, for an
individual to resolve to be a peacemaker.  People must work together to find
ways to redirect their mimetic desires from acquisitive mimetic desires that
generate rivalries and conflicts towards desires that engender peace.
Consequently, I see involvement in community as a critical component to
Christian witness.

    Studies of comparative religion indicate that spiritual leaders other
than Jesus have also reflected God's love.  Though it has sometimes been
tempting for Christians denigrate other religions, I do not see such an
attitude as helpful in promoting peace.  For Christians, it is more
important to believe in Jesus' proclamation, "I am the light of the world;
he who follows me will not walk in darkness" (John 8:12).  Rather than using
coercion, our loving Christian witness should be the means by which we
spread the Gospel, because Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in
heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

1. Nuechterlein, Paul J. Easter 2A Sermon,
http://girardianlectionary.net/year_a/easter2a_2002_ser.htm.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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