And God Gave Them Dominion
Image: by ~Perth-Fallen-Angel
By Camille Marino
People do inexplicable things in the name of religion. Some hack away at the genitals of their newborn children in the name of faith. Some surrender their lives for a mythological deity and the promise of 72 virgins, as well as permission to get laid, in an afterlife. Some of the more bland adherents to sacred doctrine symbolically consume the body and blood of a christ. The licenses for genocide, slavery, racism and the wholesale slaughter of non-human individuals are all there in the bible. And inextricably woven into the fabric of every major religion are a patriarchal hierarchy and misogyny as virtue. It stands to reason that when frustrated patriarchs write the rules, women become the instruments of evil.
And, clearly, religion serves a much greater purpose for society -- it maintains social order by requiring total compliance through manipulation of deeply-ingrained fears. Religion holds the absolute answers about life and death.
But let's examine the impact of religion on the non-human
individuals at the mercy of a society of arrogant and ignorant humans. The
bible is an astounding text of savagery, packaged & sold as an instrument of
peace. It's like a Jerry Springer episode -- 45 or 50 minutes of wallowing in
human degradation, nicely packaged at the end with a 30-second commentary
about moral integrity.
'And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth' (Genesis 1:26) -- the single most-regurgitated verse in arguing for the confinement, rape, mutilation and murder of sentient life.
The cornerstone of the Judeo-Christian ethic, Easter/Pass Over, is a monument to sadism, thanks to the architects of the most warped document know to mankind -- the holy bible. Exodus required the sacrifice of a baby lamb by every family in the community of Israel. The blood of the lamb was to be smeared on door posts so that the lord would 'pass over' these homes and they would remain free of the plague. Then the lamb was to be feasted upon and the mutilated flesh shared in celebration with neighbors. 'And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever' (Exodus 12:14). Scriptural barbarity.
So with a religion and culture drenched in the idiocy of
scripture and the blood of non-human animals, even a requirement to continue
the obscenities in perpetuity, it is no wonder that religion, and the
sycophants that worship at the feet of an illusion, demands the corpses of
millions of voiceless individuals unfortunate enough to find themselves at
the mercy of civilized religious society.
And the arrogant and ignorant gather and tear the flesh from the corpses of the tortured non-humans who were subjected to a hell on earth to satisfy the anthropocentric delusions of a culture. Indeed, many christians argue that the murder of innocents is sacrosanct; an obligation to god almighty; a holy ritual beyond the judgment of mere mortals.
My fellow humans' so afraid of eternal damnation, they
blindly follow the dictates of other humans in the context of an abomination
called religion, every perversion justified through arbitrary verse.
Camille Marino is an animal liberationist, an extraordinary agitator and activist, and is the founder and editor of Negotiation is Over. In her words, 'It's time to stop waving signs at cars or trying to enlighten the apathetic. The fight for the rights of non-human people is urgent and requires us to act outside the box.'