Monday, August 3, 2009
Lifestyles of the Religious Nutball: The Silence of the Goats
Nutball granted permission to slaughter animals in his home
by Larry Simons
August 3, 2009
On Friday, a Federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s ruling that barred a Santeria priest from slaughtering goats in his Texas home, all in the name of religious freedom, of course. Nothing says "love thy neighbor" like taking a hatchet to a goat's neck and watching the blood fly.
The nutball, 46 year-old Jose Merced (pictured above), complained that the city of Euless, Texas was violating his Constitutional right to religious exercise while the city claims that the religious practice endangers public health and it violates the city’s slaughterhouse and animal cruelty ordinances. Plus, it’s nutty (I added that).
So, on Friday, a 3-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the Euless ordinance placed a substantial burden on Merced's "free exercise of religion without advancing a compelling governmental interest using the least restrictive means." Who knows what that even means? So, it means as long as they are not hurting the government, it’s fair game? Unbelievable.
Merced said by practicing his faith in the privacy of his own home, he didn't harm anyone. No, just animals. What makes the New Orleans Court of Appeals think that the slaughter of animals won’t lead to heinous crimes, like slaughtering humans or Jeff Dahmer-style cannibalism? Oooooooh, I’m way off base, aren’t I? Have you read what religious nutballs are capable of? Read this.
It’s also nice to know that 3 people can judge what’s right for a town and community that they never have to live in. Now, because 3 judges decided this nutball can chop off the heads of goats, turtles and chickens in his house, the locals have to live with the animal kingdom’s Hannibal Lector.
Here it is everyone, yet another example of the government incorporating real laws and statutes for the purpose of someone’s unproven belief. This man is now a burden to his community because of something that is only taking place inside his head. Like I have always said, if people exercise their faith and practice their beliefs without hurting or being a burden to any living thing, I’m fine with it. But, they can’t. They just can’t.
Always, in some form or fashion, religious people have to grab that spotlight and say, “here I am, do you see me? Do I piss you off? Good!” They can’t have faith in their whatever and just crawl in a hole somewhere and never bug the shit out of you. They need to bug the shit out of you. They crave it. I actually think there might be a lost commandment that says, “Bug the Shit Out of People (and don’t stop)”.
This has been Lifestyles of the Religious Nutball. Dun-dunt.