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February 2, 2012

Christians Join Fight Against Cockfighting

Concern is focused on the state of South Carolina, where critics are trying to strengthen state laws against the practice.

Christian leaders are teaming with animal rights advocates to fight against cockfighting, calling the practice of watching and betting on roosters who fight to the death antithetical to biblical values.

"Christians should stand up and speak out against this barbaric practice, which horrendously abuses God's creatures," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Concern about cockfighting is focused on the state of South Carolina, where critics of the practice are trying to strengthen state laws against it. Though cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, it remains a misdemeanor in 11 of them, including South Carolina.

The Humane Society of the United States describes cockfighting as "a lucrative crime, with gambling winnings offsetting even the maximum misdemeanor fines." The group is working with such groups as the South Carolina-based Palmetto Family Council to toughen legislation against what some describe as a "blood sport."

Oran Smith, the Palmetto Family Council's executive director, said South Carolina is increasingly attracting people interested in watching cockfighting and betting on the outcome.

"As a matter of state pride, we must strengthen our laws now," he said.

Smith's organization has produced a video that has drawn praise from the Humane Society. "Wonton cruelty toward animals is frankly unbiblical and un-Christian," Smith says in the video.

In the video, Land says humans are called to "respect every living thing ... Cockfighting is a pornography of violence. People who watch it are going to be brutalized by it."

Comments

Ahh, just what we need, more do-gooders enacting more laws!

At least with boxing, etc the participants can choose to take part or not. The animals don't get to *choose* and they aren't born with little razor blades attached to them. It's sick and disgusting to mistreat animals who have no choice in the matter. They have no defense against the cruel humans who force them to participate. We can only hope for God's justice to those who treat animals and children inhumanely. Both have nobody to speak up for them.

Yes but, should Christians be working to change hearts with the gospel, or fighting to make more laws? Can one legislate morality? If you succeed in making more laws, have you changed any hearts? "If I have not love...."

Remember back in the day, people railed against the missionary for "changing the culture?" The cry was, "How dare those missionaries try to go in and change the way people do things!" "How dare they decree right and wrong!"

Isn't this the same thing? Now that "culture" has seeped into our very own america...and Christians think they can fight it by calling for more laws?

Verbivore, absolutely. Of course we can legislate morality, and we must. Only God can change hearts. And in the meantime, we can protect victims by enacting laws that deal with humankind's depravity.

We legislate against all manner of evil. Murder, robbery, etc. Would you suggest that we not have laws against pedophilia or murder, but instead turn our efforts toward evangelism and "changing hearts?" No. We should do both. We need both.

God legislated morality when God gave the ten commandments and the laws of Moses. We know that this did not cause a heart change in everyone, but it was given, at least in part, in order for there to be a system of justice among the people of God. These laws included laws about how to treat animals, and abuse was forbidden. The laws that are being made today regarding animal abuse are echoes of the laws God gave God's people.

The law was put in charge to lead us to Christ. So we need both - the law, to deal with man's depravity toward one another, and the Gospel, to atone for our law-breaking ways and to transform us into people who bear fruit in keeping with repentance, and whose lives are marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

"Wonton" is Chinese soup. "Wanton" is the word which ought to have been used.

So ridiculous!
What's next, wedding ceremonies for roosters and chickens?

Ah, I know churches for chickens!

Don't we have that already? I believe is call Churchs Fried Chicken


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There is a strong correlation between wanton cruelty toward animals and wanton cruelty toward humans. It should not be trivialized.

So then I have to make a choice between KFC or BK, based on who is less wantomly cruel to animals. Rather than which of the two is better cooked.

So ridiculous!

Let's all move to India!