People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has apparently managed to scrape up $5 million to pay for an ad during Sunday's Super Bowl. The commercial stars James Cromwell, best known for his role as a farmer in the movie "Babe" (a movie that has probably done more damage to the pork industry than trichinosis), plays a priest that refuses absolution to the marketing executive who invented the term "free range" for the meat industry.
The ad is titled "Redemption."
I'll leave it to one of my Catholic readers to discuss what the church would say about a real life priest that treated a confessed sinner in such a manner. But I can speak as a Christian to point out that their theology here is way off the mark. In Genesis 9:3 God specifically instructs Noah after the flood that "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything." (English Standard Version.) So, if God says it's OK for us to eat meat, who is PETA to call it "sinful?"
Surely, this non-profit group could have found a better way to spend $5 million. Think of how many shelter animals could be saved with that much money. I can personally recommend a couple of rescue groups that would be extremely grateful for a $50 donation.
What's even more disturbing is that the NFL refused to let a veterans group run a commercial encouraging players to stand for the national anthem because it made a "political statement."
And this doesn't?
We'll see if the ad actually runs this Sunday. I hope it doesn't.
If you want to deny yourself the magnificent pleasure of a bacon double cheeseburger, then that's your business. Personally, it is my belief that if God didn't want us to eat animals, He wouldn't have made them out of meat.