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Happy Belated Easter!

Happy Belated Easter! It’s been a long time since I’ve celebrated Easter (i.e. received large baskets full of treats from my parents), so the holiday’s really not that important to me.  If anything, it’s my least favorite day of the year.

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Frohes Neues Jahr!

It has been three months since I last posted on this blog. Three whole months. Nearly one hundred days. That is absolutely nuts! To me, it feels like it was just yesterday that I was scouring dozens of news websites for Fridays News Links. I suppose the reason it feels like no time has gone by is because I have been so busy.

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Nepal Religious Slaughter

In keeping with the theme of religious slaughter, the attached video depicts a mass animal sacrifice.  According to the video’s caption, “Thousands of Hindu devotees gather in Nepal for what is considered to be the world’s largest animal sacrifice festival.” During this festival, which is known as the Gadhimai festival, thousands of animals (approximately 250,000) are killed purely for symbolic purposes.  Should these activities be protected under “religious freedom?”  Does it make a difference that these animals are NOT being killed for food?  What about the sheer number of animals being killed in the mass sacrifice?  Does the number even matter?  What does matter do you think?

One more thing, I would like to thank the person who sent the link to me. (Thanks!)  I never would have known about this religious festival otherwise.

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Last week, Al-Jazeera reported on a campaign to ban religious slaughter in the Netherlands:

An animal rights party and the far-right Freedom Party are pushing for a ban on kosher and halal slaughter methods which critics say inflict unacceptable suffering on animals. The parties say ritual slaughter should only be allowed on the proviso that Jewish and Muslim groups can prove the process is humane.

Should the slaughter of animals be protected under “religious freedom?” Please note that not all religious activities can nor should be granted legal protection.  After all, it would be wrong to permit someone to inflict harm upon another in the name of religion.  So, should animals be similarly protected from harm?  Or, does the right to religious freedom outweigh any consideration to the well-being of the animal?  Essentially, should certain religious groups be exempt from following the legal, possibly more humane, methods of slaughter?

Oh, and Happy Fourth of July!

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On Dignity

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For my first post, I thought I would honor an amazing class I took this spring, entitled “Religion 905: Resources for the Study of Religion.”  In the course of the semester, my classmates and I were taught how to do graduate level research. We even devoted some time to exploring new technologies, like web logging. Not only did I learn how to use the WordPress site, but I also fell in love with the whole art of blogging, as it is more commonly known.

For our final project, we each had to create a pathfinder, which is basically a guide that can be used to locate information about a specific topic.  Due to the relevant nature of my pathfinder topic, I decided to repost it on this blog.  Perhaps it will be a useful tool for someone else someday.

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