Saturday, November 25, 2006

PETA targets christmas, mistaken identity

Story: "The Rev. Jason Armstrong was confused by an e-mail this week from PETA, which admonished him for subjecting animals "to cruel treatment and danger," by forcing them into roles in the church's annual manger scene.
"We've never had live animals, so I just figured this was some spam thing," Armstrong said. "It's rough enough on us people standing out there in the cold. So we're definitely not using animals."

Jackie Vergerio, PETA's captive animals in entertainment specialist, said her organization tracks churches nationwide that use real animals in "living nativity scenes."
Seems the confusion started with the church's choice of phrase. PETA flagged Free Methodist's display as a "living nativity," and indeed, that's how the church describes it on its Web site.

In the letter to Armstrong, Vergerio shared some sad fates of previous nativity animals - like Brighty the donkey, snatched from a nativity scene in Virginia and beaten by three young men. Ernie the camel fled a creche in Maryland but was struck and killed by a car. Two sheep and a donkey had to be euthanized after a dog mauling at a manger scene in Virginia.
Free Methodist's display is peaceful, Armstrong said.

The congregation erects the stable. Members spread straw and don costumes. Some even dress as manger animals."

Ok... What PETA is doing protesting manger scenes is beyond me, but to notify a pastor via email? Crazy.
And I'm betting you would have a very hard time getting a camel to put in a manger in Alaska.


Anonymous said...

Hope you don't mind, Palm Boy, but I copied this article on The Christmas Watch. I did, however, link Push Back Ignorance from the article.
Question: just for reference (so I can update my article) where did this story come from (what news site, if any)?

By the way: The Christmas Watch is still looking for more teammembers to chip in occasionally.
Anyone interested can go to: and ask to be invited.

Palm boy said...

Ok, I posted the link. Sorry I forgot the first time.

Thanks for the link, I like your site. Adding it to the blog roll montarily.

Detective J said...

This whole animal rights thing keeps getting crazier all the time? Pretty soon, people will be able to murder a person and get off scot free, but they'll go to death row for "murdering" an animal!

Anonymous said...

Pretty soon, it'll be like people can't own pets for that would be inhumane.

Just the other day I read an article that a judge sentenced a dad for throwing the family dog out of a balcony as a punishment for his son. Now, the dad should be held responsible for animal cruelty but it was a FIVE year prison term!

If these things keep going, we would become like India where all animals are sacred and there's not a damn thing we can do about it. Fortunately, there are people like us that will stop all this nonesense.