Veganism Is Atheism

Vegans believe that animals should not be abused, tortured, and murdered, to serve the interests and appetites of humans.

That belief flies in the face of the three great Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

One can be vegan or one can be a Christian, a Jew, or a Muslim.

But not both.

Veganism is a rejection of the god of the Old Testament.

Genesis 9:1-3 “The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.”

That is the doctrine of “dominion,” the supposedly god-given right of humans to enslave animals. To abuse, torture, murder, and consume them. It is a foundation of the Abrahamic religions.

Other foundations are equally vile. The same god worshiped by Jews, Muslims, and Christians demanded animal sacrifices to himself. He enjoyed the smell of animals’ burning flesh.

The god of the Old Testament is an animal murdering ogre. He is the enemy of animals. Of vegans. Of animal activists.

He is also the enemy of anyone who respects human rights. Of anyone opposed to slavery or genocide.

The god of the Old Testament condoned slavery.

Leviticus 25:44-46 “As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who have been born in your land, and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever. You may make slaves of them, but over your brothers the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over another ruthlessly.”

God also commanded the genocide of the Canaanites, who were living in the Promised Land. He ordered every man, woman, and child, and every animal, to be put to death by the Israelites.

He killed the first born children of the Egyptians.

And in the Great Flood, he murdered millions of people and billions of animals.

Not a pleasant character.

Fortunately, he doesn’t exist. He is a fantasy. A tool for control of people, a weapon to keep people in line, to shore up the status quo, to frighten opposition to the powers that be.

Veganism is atheism. Veganism is the rejection of dominion, of myth, of fantasy, of sky wizards, of fairies, of ghosts and goblins.

Veganism is the recognition that all animals have the right to life, the right to be left alone, the right to be free of exploitation, of slavery, of torture, of murder.

Veganism is the declaration of independence for our fellow Earthlings. It is the battle cry of activists, the justification for direct action, the moral compass for the human race, the yardstick for humanity.

It is the essence of humanity.

And it is the guide for revolution.

22 thoughts on “Veganism Is Atheism

  1. I am vegan and not an atheist, nor am I religious, at all. Not a ‘humanist’ or a socialist. Well, if I must be classified, then a semi-socialist. Capitalism could work only if it had a heart, and those will more freely give to those with ‘less.’ I know there is a universal energy (for lack of better word) in the same way I know it is wrong to murder, rape, and torcher innocent sentient beings. No science needed to justify a universal energy or the ethics of respecting all lives. This universal energy exists WITHIN us; it is who we are at the very core – it is what gives us a consciousness and ethics. However, this energy has no judgement, as it allows atrocities to continue until WE awaken to its’ power, and when we decide to follow its’ guidance for the greater good.

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  2. Look, whether your religion is Judaism, Christianity or Islam, you need to understand that the paradigm STARTS in these religions worshiping a God that rejects Cain’s sacrifice of produce and prefers Abel’s sacrifice of an innocent lamb, even enjoying the smell of it’s burning flesh and fat. Think about it? For a new creation (only second generation if the Bible is to be believed) like Abel, to go and take a little baby lamb from the ewe and to then murder it is disturbing enough. But for God to enjoy that is just psycho! and that’s just the beginning….. problem is, you haven’t thought enough, you haven’t used your compassion, you haven’t checked your ethics if you read the Bible and God’s wrath, and anger, and ruthlessness does not disturb you. You are just allowing your religion to set your ethics for you and you are refusing to be a kind compassionate caring human being.

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      • It doesn’t. Who writes Gds word and has a direct line to His commandments? Would the Gd who created life deem that life unworthy of the life span given every being? If Gd created life, Gd takes life when Gd is ready, NOT humans who interpret things as they see fit for human convenience and power.

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    • pity that the God of Judaism didn’t comply with the obligation by asking for these animals to be sacrificed to him and by demanding that they be killed in their thousands during the ancient festivals at his temple. This bloodshed of innocents – cows, lambs, baby calves, goats, doves and others are all on his head! Demanding that the innocent animals of conquered nations be burned alive, makes him a psychopathic murderer of animals, never mind the people he condemned likewise! Please get your head out of the sand and stop trying to defend your tradition just because you have not found the courage to question it?

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      • This is NOT Judaism but a perversion of it, just as today, Churches all over pervert Christ’s teachings and serve their monstrous fare of dead cows as their corned beef celebrations of another holiday. Human beings pervert most of what we pass on, to keep entrenched power systems alive. “Who Stole My Religion” read it.
        I did and DO question Judaism when it is used as most other “religions” to excuse and justify harming animals, the earth, and the human body with this disease causing fare… I NEVER heard of vegan growing up. It was my own research and awakening that took me here and led me to the real Judaism that forbids harming other beings.

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  3. Really because jainism and some sects of Buddhism and hinduism push veganism. . Hinduism led to the world’s first town where animal slaughter, torture, and meat sale are illegal.. supreme master ching hais religion led to the world’s largest vegan restaurant chain Loving Hut and made hundreds of thousands or millions subscribe to veganism.. it’s not angry white bearded abrahamic god or athiesm, that’s just ad bad as the turn or burn christian beliefs

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    • Hinduism is also the justification for the largest animal sacrifice event in the world (in Nepal).

      Jainism is the only religion I’m familiar with which teaches veganism. And the Jains have no evangelism or outreach. As such, they are dying out.

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  4. I don’t see how saying that veganism is not compatible with the 3 big religions would help the popularization of veganism in any way. I think we should try hard to say otherwise. In fact there is much evidence showing just that.

    Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all based on the Old Testament. According to Genesis, there is no doubt that God made us to eat plants, not animals:

    Genesis 1:29 – 31
    Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.…

    Ecclesiastes 3:19-21: For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. 20All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.…)

    God said above that we and the animals are the same, having the same fate. What does it mean when we torture and eat them? What would become of meat-eater’s fate?

    One of the Ten Commandments: “Thou shall not kill”. Many Jewish scholars said it was initially written to include animals. Only later was the interpretation changed.

    About the time of the flood, people’s morals have degenerated through eating flesh:

    Genesis 6:12, And God saw the earth, and behold it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth

    People had morally degenerated to such an extent that they would “eat a limb torn from a living animal”. God was angry with people, saying that now all animals would fear us and dread us. God reluctantly made concession for people to eat meat, but only if strict standard of humane killing of animals is practiced (based on standard at the time).

    This newly-permitted meat was called basar ta’ava, “meat of lust.”

    But the ideal food for us is still vegan:

    Deuteronomy 8: 7-10
    For the Lord your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, springing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and date honey; a land wherein you shall eat bread without scarceness, you shall not lack anything in it… And you shall eat and be satisfied, and bless the Lord your God for the good land that He has given you.

    Bible scholars say early Christians were all vegan/vegetarians. Jesus said his brother James was vegan/vegetarian since birth, meaning he was most like a vegan/vegetarian too.

    http://www.compassionatespirit.com/was_jesus_a_vegetarian.htm

    As for “dominion” over animals, “dominion” really means “to take care of”, since “dominion” was also used in the Bible to describe how kings have “dominion” over his subjects.

    Here’s a video by Jews explaining why Jews should be vegans/vegetarians:

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    • Genesis 9:1-3 “The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.”

      You have not addressed God’s demand for animal sacrifice, His animal and human genocides, His support of slavery.

      The God of the Bible is perhaps the most onerous character in all literature.

      Rather preposterous that we are even discussing these ridiculous myths in the 21st Century

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    • Helen you can be right or you can be popular but frequently not both. Resisting the fact that religion has become redundant in a society looking for greater ethics is counter productive. It’s shocking to religious types I know, but maybe it’s time. Time for people to examine their attachment to ancient superstitions that ultimately have done more harm than good to humans and to their planet and all it’s other inhabitants.

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    • Modern liberal American Jews may be compassionate toward nonhuman animals, but this is not the view of Israeli Jews, particularly at this holiday season:

      Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual
      Yehuda Glick participates in annual ritual, also attended by Jerusalem chief rabbi and municipal official who arranged funding from city coffers.

      It looked like a scene from year 200 BCE, or the end of days – yet it all played out just two days ago, on Monday, not far from the Temple Mount.

      Kohanim in authentic attire blessed the excited crowd, Levites sang hymns, and a young lamb was offered up as a Passover sacrifice in keeping with all the dictates of the ancient ritual….

      And Monday saw the Temple Mount Faithful at it again, with the ritual enacted to the letter – from the slaughtering of the lamb, its skinning, the spilling of its blood on the specially constructed altar, the burning of some of its organs on the altar, the roasting of the meat, and through to the serving of the best bits to the Kohanim, on the backdrop of trumpeting and songs of praise.

      Mainstream rabbis
      Despite the Temple Mount Faithful’s fringe-group status, attending the ritual this year were several rabbis from the mainstream of religious Zionism, including Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Arye Stern, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and Rabbi Yaaqov Medan from the Har Etzion Yeshiva, along with Jerusalem councilman Aryeh King, who arranged funding for the event from the municipality.

      — See full article at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4643453,00.html

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  5. I was brought up in a Jewish home and never a word about vegan, vegetarian, or how the meals on our plates came from animals. I was always an animal friend and took care of many as well as ate many. Never thought much about it. It just never came up in my middle class suburban home. If I had seen one video, one photo, had one experience seeing or hearing animals slaughtered, I’d have stopped eating them sooner. Not until I turned 47, and read an article, then a book, Slaughterhouse, by Gail Eisnitz, a sister in Judaism, were layers upon layers of societal acculturation and indoctrination disassembled.
    Later I would find out that indeed, Judaism has imperatives to care for animals and never cause them harm. Later I would meet Jewish activists and Rabbi’s on the vegan path. I know now that every religion has rules about protecting animals from harm and every religion has been hijacked to bury those moral imperatives.

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  6. I think veganism rejects a bible-writer’s version of God as animal abuser, as opposed to necessarily rejecting the concept of some overarching intelligence which might be considered godlike or God.

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  7. Veganism isn’t atheism. It is a dietary regime which excludes all animal proteins.
    What motivates people to follow a vegan diet varies widely. There is no shortage of religious and spiritual vegans.
    Atheism is not granting credibility to any of the thousands of different deities which humans have worshipped through history. There are plenty of meat eating atheists, and vegetarian atheists.
    Atheism and veganism are not related.

    There are legitimate reasons for people to follow vegetarian and vegan diets. Likewise, there are legitimate reasons for not accepting other people’s imaginary friends as real. Mythology is educational and sometime entertaining, but it isn’t worthy of any special respect.
    The only legitimate reason for following a religion is: “My parents make me go to church.” That doesn’t work forever.

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    • Spirituality and Religiosity is not the same thing. I fail to see how any vegan can be religious and not have a conflict of interest on various areas of belief and practice of their vegan principles. One can be Atheist, one can be Agnostic and one can be spiritual as a vegan, but practice religion? you’d need to be in some form of denial concerning your religion.

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      • Then why are there religious organizations such as Jewish Vegetarians of North America, Christian Vegetarian Association, Catholic Concern For Animals. Society for Ethical and Religious Vegetarians, All-Creatures.org and other religion based groups as well as this Jewish organization devoted to veganism and animal issues;http://www.shamayimvaretz.org/ It’s not religion that exempts the spiritual and commanded protection of animals, it’s the corruption of it. the same is with modern politics. It’s not about the public good or health. It’s about economics, the Golden Calf. Heck, the pro-life Christians in congress could care less( at least what I hear) about the environment which is CREATION. How does one call themselves a pro-life Christian or Jew and support policies and legislation that cause harm to Gds Creation???KAPOYER!

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