After fifty years of waving it defiantly in the face of the federal government, Southern conservatives are tripping all over themselves to take down the Confederate battle flags from their state buildings and monuments. This doesn’t mean the conversation is over.
Slavery ended in the 1860s, but just yesterday I read a statement from a Republican elected official somewhere down South. He said slavery was the first “Social Security” system, that it provided cradle-to-grave care for the slaves.
Slavery ended officially in the 1860s yet some still debate it’s merits. So yes, the conversation about the Confederate battle flag, what it represents, and where it should or should not be displayed will continue. But hopefully it will be relegated to invite-only gatherings of drunken bigots, back alleys, and country-club watering holes, where it belongs.
The Confederate battle flag belongs in museums, private homes, and private collections. It has no more business being displayed on public buildings than the Soviet hammer and sickle.
~ Booth McKeown (June 25, 2015)
Why do we get upset when we hear about cats or dogs used as food in other countries? All animals matter not just cats and dogs and dolphins. They all feel, they all value their lives. Let’s look to our own actions before criticising other countries for killing the “wrong” species. If farming cats is offensive to us then maybe we ought to think about not inflicting violence and slavery onto pigs, chickens, fishes and cows by becoming vegan.
~ Renata Peters (June 20, 2015)
When the injustices of the world seem too big to overcome and we feel small and powerless, that isn’t the time to give up. It’s time to be determined and consistent, to stick with it and speak the truth until the job is done. Oppression isn’t ended overnight, but that doesn’t make it never ending. The history of the world is filled with unexpected changes to the status quo. If you are passionate about justice, peace, and nonviolence, what other option is there but to continue to bring these values into the world, day by day, with each word and deed that you choose? Passion is contagious. There is no doubt that a thousand years from now the world will be a very different place. The kind of place it will be in that future depends on what we choose to say and do now.
~ Edward J. Immel (June 13, 2015)
Veganism is NOT a diet, and NOT a lifestyle, so even IF someone changes to a plant-based diet (which is not even the case with this celebrity [Beyoncé]), then that person is NOT a vegan, and that person has not “taken a step in the right direction”. They are just on a diet for their own personal reasons. That has *nothing* to do with veganism.
Veganism is a moral stance against the use of sentient beings for “food”, clothes, “entertainment”, or any other purpose. All use is abuse.
Any sexist comment will be deleted. I have nothing against Beyoncé (as long as I am not forced to listening to her music). I have lots against the fact that non-vegan celebrities are called vegans. Especially when this false notion is spread by vegans. Come on, we know better.
~ Camilla Allegret (June 12, 2015)
Millions of Europeans visited zoos to see human attractions from South America and Africa. It’s shocking because today we recognise that human slavery is socially and legally unacceptable. Nonhuman animals used as slaves however are not recognised as morally wrong which is why humans still flock to see them imprisoned for life in zoos for human amusement.
~ Renata Peters (June 6, 2015)
While people worry about petty stupid shit, there’s real shit to be concerned about. I’ll worry about the animals, and the planet. Speaking of which, animal agriculture is the #1 purveyor of climate change. The more you consume them and create a market for it, the more they continue enslaving, torturing and slaughtering them. But these highly concentrated animal farms house more than blood and flesh. They hold manure, and methane, and high levels of Co2. And increase greenhouse gases which exacerbate climate change. [Just] because it isn’t steaming hot where you live, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Congrats you ignorant individuals, who make excuses for eating meat.
~ Rob Black (June 4, 2015)
I know there are friends here who don’t like seeing my posts on veganism—it can certainly cause discomfort when I remind them that the chicken, cheese, or bacon they continue to eat is the result of a cruel industry—imprisonment, torture, and murder. But I won’t stop sharing, because I couldn’t live with myself if I just kept silent. For the animals, for the planet, for our health and the health of those we love… Go Vegan! ❤
~ Judith Fiore (May 30, 2015)
150 years ago, Americans would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would [have] loudly objected at the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Some day they won’t be laughing.
~ Gary Smith (June 30, 2011)
Lemme discuss a common misconception about veganism real quick: A person that just likes to eat a lot of vegetables is not necessarily a vegan. A “vegan” is actually a person that believes and lives their lives according to the idea that nonhuman animals are not commodities and resources for humans to use for any purpose. If a person does not believe in, or adhere to, that principle, they may just mean that they eat a plant-based diet.
~ John Tallent (May 4, 2015)
Vegans who are cruel to humans are actually speciesists—as humans are an animal species. I don’t like snakes, but I’m not cruel to them. I ignore them. Veganism is about not exploiting and being cruel to animals; and since humans are in fact animals—it is nonvegan to be cruel to them.
~ Marcia “Butterflies” Katz (April 28, 2015)