The Animal Rights Religion

The Animal Rights Religion

Posted in the Animal Rights Forum

John

Albany Creek, Australia

#1 Nov 14, 2012
That is a question I've asked myself and thought a lot about. AR and fundamentalist religions certainly share a lot of attributes. They both proselytize, often obnoxiously. They often both view the "unbeliever", the "heathen", or the "pagan" as some how morally and ethically inferior to themselves. They both involve adhering to some sort of self-denying dogma. For the fundamentalist Christian, this dogma may involve abstinence from things such as alcohol, dancing, or sex. For the ARA, this dogma manifests itself as veganism. Like the "religious right", they often seek to make their own personal beliefs a matter of public policy enforced by the power of the state. And most frightening, like militant, fundamentalist Islam, AR has its extremist zealots that are all too willing to engage in violence and terror tactics in order to get others to bow to their beliefs.
With there being so many similarities between AR and religion, I began to wonder if anyone had actually studied this in an academic or professional way. Sure enough, that is indeed the case. In 2000, a paper entitled Every Sparrow That Falls: Animal Rights Activism as Functional Religion was published by Wesley V. Jamison, Caspar Wenk, and James V. Parker in the journal Society and Animals. In this study, the authors found that AR activism functioned as a form of religious belief in the lives of activists. The authors used Yinger's typology of functional religion as a standard and analyzed how well AR beliefs met the criteria for functional religion of that typology. The criteria for functional religion in Yinger's typology are as follows:

- Conversion experience

- Community

- Creed

- Code

- Cult (collective meanings expressed as symbols and rituals)
The study found that AR meets all five of these defining criteria. Interviewees that participated in the study recalled having "formative events" in their lives that lead to their conversion to AR ideology. Converts, in turn, form communities as they seek out the company of those who share a similar set of beliefs. The authors also found common beliefs among ARAs that add up to a functional creed, or system of beliefs. Among these beliefs are the following:

- Assertion of the moral righteousness of the movement

- True belief necessitates proselytizing/evangelism

- Human use of animals is wrong and is not necessary

- A belief in the moral "goodness", as opposed to the moral neutrality, of
animals

- The belief that suffering is always "evil" and the alleviation of suffering
is always "good".

The study also found that AR, like religion, involves a code, or a set of appropriate and inappropriate behaviors that are to be followed by the believer. In other words, legalism or dogma. As I hinted at before, in AR, that code is veganism. Finally, we come to cult, or the use of rituals and symbols. Participants in the study reported that how at AR meetings, participants would talk about themselves and their failures to keep the code ( like a confession of "sin" ) in a ritualistic manner. Much like a profession of faith in religion, participants also noticed the importance of personal profession of beliefs in AR. The study also found that many ARAs also used symbols such as pictures of animals being used in research, much like religions use symbols. An ARA may identify to such a picture as a symbol of "unnecessary" animal suffering in much the same way that a Christian identifies with the cross as symbol of Christ's suffering.
I found this study to be quite fascinating. It confirms much of what I have long thought: although the AR quasi-religion lacks the spiritual deity of traditional religions, it has almost all the other hallmarks, from evangelism to militant fanaticism.

http://thespeciesistscorner.blogspot.com.au/2...
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS

Virginia Beach, VA

#2 Nov 14, 2012
BWAHAHAHAH.....how many more times is widdle self humiliating johnny going to prove what an insecure, witless, spineless, sackless COWARD he is?? effing hilarious that the sackless slob continues to make an a$s of himself---he is even an embarrassment to his own cowardly ilk!! Get lost you worthless PoS and quit your pathetic pansyass whining. A toddler has more wit and intelligence and spine than an ever flailing/FAILING COWARD like you ever will. Quit wasting space on the ANIMAL RIGHTS forums with your whiny hissy fits you spineless PoS COWARD. You know NOTHING about ANIMAL RIGHTS or being VEGAN yet you cry and whine about it every minute of your pointless, cowardly 'life'.

Time for another hissy fit, COWARD? of course it is because like all COWARDS you lack pride, dignity, intelligence, a sack and a spine and you will prove this FACT in 10..9..8..7..6...
John

Albany Creek, Australia

#3 Nov 14, 2012
You're a religious fanatic HAC.
HUNTERS ARE COWARDS

Virginia Beach, VA

#6 Nov 14, 2012
John wrote:
I'm an insecure, spineless, witless COWARD and I fear the big bad VEGANS
We know, COWARD, but by all means keep flailing about and FAILING as you repeatedly humiliate yourself, ready for your next bout of self humiliation? 10..9..8..7..6.
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Nov 17, 2012
Punch Line wrote:
The religion of "Animal Rights" is very similar to Thugeeism in that both religions require murdering humans as part of their heathen belief system.
just stfu already you ever flailing/FAILING brain moron. You know NOTHING about ANIMAL RIGHTS and you prove it every time you regurgitate your idiocy on these threads. Get lost you worthless corpse eating PoS TROLL. Your idiotic 'religion' is mass MURDERING BILLIONS of animals. you eat ROTTING CORPSES because you aren't intelligent enough to think for yourself. Humans are not meant to eat CORPSES and every VEGAN is living proof that we not only do not need to eat corpses, but we thrive far more healthfully on a plant based/VEGAN diet. get lost you pathetic animal hating, corpse eating PoS because NO ONE will ever converse seriously with you waste of space witless corpse eating TROLLS. Gonna beg for morre humiliation? of course you are. ready? 10..9..8..7..6...
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Nov 17, 2012
Punch Line wrote:
<quoted text> As you prediceted, here I am with the same dumb, retarded, bullshit rant again? I'm also such an inconsiderate socially inept a$s that I use use the "R" word. Yawn.....I even bore myself
Flailing about and struggling to try and mimic me, loser?? Major FAIL.
As can be predicted you are STILL flailing about and making an a$s of yourself you witless, dull, run of the mill no life TROLL. Of course you are because you slobs have nothing better to do than infest an entire forum with your endless, mindless asinine troll trash. Get lost you worthless PoS TROLL. You have NOTHING relevant or remotely interesting let alone intelligent to contribute. Like all trifling witless TROLLS you are obsessed with ME and the proof is in your every pitifully witless and dull regurgitated waste of space troll trash. Get lost you pathetic PoS.
Oh...don't worry, we all know you won';t go away because after all, humiliation is the only attention you ever get and self humiliation is the only thing you know how to do well! Ready? 10..9..8..7..6..
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS

Virginia Beach, VA

#13 Nov 17, 2012
Punch Line wrote:
<quoted text>The same dumb, retarded, bullshit rant again? Yawn.....
hey M O R O N, you can stop wasting space with your witless troll trash. Hilarious that you are even struggling to try an d mimic and like everything you do it's a major FAIL. Carry on, troll, we know you have endless bouts of self humiliation ahead!! Ready? 10..9..8..7..6...

Joe USA

“"Fortitudine Vincimus"”

Since: Oct 09

USA

#14 Nov 19, 2012
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS wrote:
<quoted text>hey M O R O N, you can stop wasting space with your witless troll trash. Hilarious that you are even struggling to try an d mimic and like everything you do it's a major FAIL. Carry on, troll, we know you have endless bouts of self humiliation ahead!! Ready? 10..9..8..7..6...
Pathetic projection, but everyones use to it..

Take another bong hit PSYCHO. You're stuck on stupid, as well as your delusions of grandeur.lol
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS

Virginia Beach, VA

#15 Nov 19, 2012
^^Nothing like a self humiliating moron^^ repeatedly banging its empty head into the wall!! Ready to make an ass of yourself AGAIN?? Of course you are...we will help....10..9..8..7..6.......

Joe USA

“"Fortitudine Vincimus"”

Since: Oct 09

USA

#16 Nov 19, 2012
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS wrote:
^^Nothing like a self humiliating moron^^ repeatedly banging its empty head into the wall!! Ready to make an ass of yourself AGAIN?? Of course you are...we will help....10..9..8..7..6.......
Pathetic projection, but everyones use to it..

Take another bong hit PSYCHO. You're stuck on stupid, as well as your delusions of grandeur.lol
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS

Virginia Beach, VA

#17 Nov 19, 2012
^^witless impotent slob is a glutton for punishment^^

Nothing like a self humiliating moron repeatedly banging its empty head into the wall!! Ready to make an ass of yourself AGAIN?? Of course you are...we will help....10..9..8..7..6...

come widdle witless, spineless obedient COWARD!!!
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS

Virginia Beach, VA

#19 Nov 19, 2012
^^STILL proving what a major FAIL you are??^^

Nothing like a self humiliating moron repeatedly banging its empty head into the wall!! Ready to make an ass of yourself AGAIN?? Of course you are...we will help....10..9..8..7..6...

Joe USA

“"Fortitudine Vincimus"”

Since: Oct 09

USA

#20 Nov 19, 2012
PSYCHO karma kook called HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS wrote:
^^STILL proving what a major FAIL you are??^^
Nothing like a self humiliating moron repeatedly banging its empty head into the wall!! Ready to make an ass of yourself AGAIN?? Of course you are...we will help....10..9..8..7..6...
Pathetic projection, but everyones use to it..

Take another bong hit PSYCHO. You're stuck on stupid, as well as your delusions of grandeur.lol
HUNTERS ARE PSYCHOPATHS

Virginia Beach, VA

#21 Nov 19, 2012
^^witless, dlckless SELF HUMILIATING loser refuses to stop making an a$s of itself^^

Ready for your next OBEDIENT bout of self humiliation?? Of course you are and you will OBEY in 10..9..8..7..6...
because after all, that's what witless, spineless SELF HUMILIATING COWARDS do!!!
Better hurry, dlckless!!!lol!!! A CONTROLLED glutton/coward for punishment!!
Hunter or Gatherer

Prestonsburg, KY

#23 Nov 27, 2012
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Spokaloonian

“I will gladly pay you Tuesday”

Since: Jul 12

for a hamburger today.

#24 Nov 27, 2012
I am curious as to who, or what, the ARA pray to.
I bet their bible would be an interesting read.
Well for a good laugh anyway.
Hunter or Gatherer

Prestonsburg, KY

#25 Nov 27, 2012
Spokaloonian wrote:
I am curious as to who, or what, the ARA pray to.
I bet their bible would be an interesting read.
Well for a good laugh anyway.
And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the sins by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

putting animals before God or man is a form worship...IMO

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