PETA peddles blasphemy in Super Bowl ad.

Ironically titled "Redemption," the ad shows a Catholic priest refusing absolution to a meat marketer.

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.

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johntfs
johntfs

They're not demonic, just blindly focused on the issue they care about to the exclusion of all other considerations. It's a sadly common state of affairs in politics/culture/religion these days.

Wes_M
Wes_M

PETA is demonic. On the other hand, I'm glad that my sins are forgiven by the Great High Priest Jesus Christ and that I can go directly to the throne of grace to confess, repent and receive absolution.

johntfs
johntfs

Even as a progressive, liberal Democrat, I know that PETA is a half-step away from being Vegan Druids, so I'd take any characterization of Roman Catholic traditions with an ocean of salt.

dcntodd
dcntodd

I am a Catholic deacon. This is not how confession works. No priest would ever refuse absolution because of political leanings. If he did, he would be in danger of putting his own soul in a state of mortal sins. Also, in Acts 10 we hear: "And he became hungry and desired something to eat; but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heaven opened, and something descending, like a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “No, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has cleansed, you must not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven. " We are absolutely allowed to eat bacon!

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