The American Family Association is another one of those radically right "Christian" groups, whose website right now includes stories such as "Obama's New Military: Gays Showering With Straights," and "The Biblical Case for the Death Penalty."
They want Tilikum, the whale that killed a trainer at SeaWorld, dead. Why? Because the Bible says so.
If the counsel of the Judeo-Christian tradition had been followed, Tilikum would have been put out of everyone's misery back in 1991 and would not have had the opportunity to claim two more human lives.
Says the ancient civil code of Israel, "When an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner shall not be liable." (Exodus 21:28)
So, your animal kills somebody, your moral responsibility is to put that animal to death. You have no moral culpability in the death, because you didn't know the animal was going to go postal on somebody.
But, the Scripture soberly warns, if one of your animals kills a second time because you didn't kill it after it claimed its first human victim, this time you die right along with your animal. To use the example from Exodus, if your ox kills a second time, "the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death." (Exodus 21:29)
So, uh, wait. They want everyone who owns SeaWorld dead too? No, but they do want their pants sued off.
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