So, we’ve gotten some immediate feedback on Episode 36 and not the sort feedback we expected. Mostly because it feels that the overall intention of the episode was lost except for the single statement Scott made at the end of “if it is one of the bad or stupid ones who abuse or sacrifice animals in the name of some Deity” to call the cops.
I want to include here a copy of the email Tereesa sent to one of our listeners regarding Scott’s comment in the episode. Please, read this and understand that offense was not meant towards those who do engage in sacrifice in a logical non-abusive manner.
While I cannot speak directly for Scott, even though I know where he was coming from with that, I am able to give you my opinion. The key word in that sentence is ABUSE.
I completely understand and agree with the notion of sacrifice being an integral part of certain religious paths. Dawn herself, with Hellenismos, while not doing the actual slaughtering, has used animal parts in sacrifice for her deity in rituals she has held open to the public. This is not the kind of sacrifice we are against.
There is a huge difference between sacrificing a boar in the name of Freyr and hanging a living dog from a tree for nine days in sacrifice to Odin. Where the line needs to be drawn, in my opinion, is between sacrifice, and abuse and suffering. While I respect the Heathen path, and have a very dear friend who is Asatru, you can bet that if I witnessed someone doing something like that, I would feel the need to step in. Our friend would as well, I’m sure. We ourselves have had wild boar for our Yule dinners when we put a Norse spin on the holiday. No, we didn’t do the bloodletting ourselves, as we do not have the means or location to make that work, but the concept was still there. The problem occurs when the line is crossed into cruelty.
I am reminded of a story someone once told us about an occurrence in a beef slaughter house. A portion of the plant was set aside for Kosher slaughtering. A specific knife needs to be used to cut the throat. In this case, the knife was so dull that the Rabbi was actually sawing the animals neck. There was no question that the animal was in severe pain and suffering needlessly. The man who worked there and was overseeing the task stepped in with his own blade to end the animal’s suffering, informing the Rabbi that if he wanted to continue to come there again, he better be back with a sharper knife.
What we are referring to, without proper clarification in the cast, are the cults that watch Hollywood movies and take them too far, or who are using religion to authenticate their sadistic natures. Unfortunately, they are out there. Fortunately, I have yet to encounter one personally. But the point was that if I came across someone torturing animals like that, the police would be the first number I would call.
Thank you for pointing out what we should have. All too often we forget that while we have known each other so long and understand what the others say, our listeners don’t have that benefit. We get so relaxed in the studio, as if we are just holding a conversation, that we miss things like this too often. I will make sure we clarify what was meant by that statement in the next podcast.
I felt this needed to be addressed immediately. Sacrifice, in and of itself, is not negative. Actually, in lieu of recording this coming Saturday’s episode on Ownership and Reclaiming, we are going to dedicate the episode to discussion of sacrifice. What it is, what it means, different sorts of sacrifice and so forth. Please send us your feedback and comments regarding sacrifice as we would like information from our listeners as well as our personal opinions. Please feel free to comment on the website or to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org