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it’s weird that everybody supports boycotts in pretty much any context (movies, restaurants, businesses, even just the practice of using ‘no link’ urls for shitty websites to not give people ad revenue) until someone reveals that they’re boycotting an animal product & then everybody jumps in to say boycotts don’t work and there’s no ethical consumption so no point in changing who you buy from

The idea that you have to boycott something if you’re critical of it, and if you’re not boycotting it then you accept all parts of it, has just seemed ridiculous to me.

For example, I’m critical of the government. But I won’t boycott the government and tell everyone to do the same or else they support war and cutting taxes for the wealthy and sucking up all the oil. Maybe I’ll boycott a specific part of it. But what I will do is choose what I will and will not support, act on it in my own life, and spread awareness and information.

So it seems so elitist to me to insist that everyone should be vegan because aspects of animal agriculture are corrupt. And radicals have this idea that if you aren’t vegan like them, boycotting everything, then you are completely complacent about everything that goes on. And considering just how ineffective boycotting has been - animal products are being consumed more and more - compared to the effectiveness of targeting specific practices or companies and educating the general public - the industry has changed dramatically and continues to do so - I would say that continuing to eat animal products with the concern of welfare is not at all an evil way to live.


This photo, taken in October, was selected as one of Reuter’s best photos for 2014. An Israeli woman & a Palestinian protester are giving each other the equivalent of the middle finger. Palestinian women were protesting as Israeli soldiers escorted Zionists to the Western Wall–a section of the enclosure around the compound known as the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims & the Temple Mount to Zionists. The compound is located in East Jerusalem under illegal occupation by Israel since 1967. The Palestinians are chanting & taunting while Orthodox Jews living in apartments above the street hurl bottles & water down on them. 

The Noble Sanctuary (Al-Haram al-Sharif) is 35 acres of fountains, gardens, museums, as well as the Al-Aqsa Mosque & the Dome of the Rock (which has sacred meaning to Muslims). The entire area is regarded as sacred space & is an educational center as well as religious sanctuary. It’s existed in various reconstructions for over 1,300 years. There’s a fallacious mantra going round that the Noble Sanctuary is only the third holiest site to Islam but is the holiest site for Judaism. The reason offered for why it’s sacred to Judaism is that it’s the original site of Solomon’s Temple said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant & destroyed in 586 BCE (for which there isn’t a shred of archaeological evidence). There was an actual temple on the site between 516 BCE & 70 CE when the Romans destroyed it. It was renovated by Herod (of Biblical & historical ignominy) & the supposed remnants of the Herodian wall make up the Western Wall (known also as the Wailing Wall) heralded by Israel as the most sacred place of Judaism.

There are lots of peculiar religious practices in the world (like worshipping Jesus image in a tortilla) but there is something fetishistic about millions of people making pilgrimage & fervent homage to an old stone wall. Even the pope & every godless US politician make homage at this altar of the Israeli state. One would never ridicule even the most absurd practice but there is no need to feign respect for a narrative fabricated solely to serve Zionist nationalism & not religious commitment. It’s not inconceivable that there’s a mystique around that pile of stones from Herod’s days. But a mystique is not the same as a religious tradition or historic claim. 

Far from being an ancient tradition, there is little evidence that Jews, most of whom lived outside Palestine until the late 19th century, held the wall as sacred. Jewish immigration to Palestine was part of the great wave of emigration from Eastern Europe during that time–some driven by economic desperation, some to escape pogroms & persecution, & many as evangelists of Zionism goaded by Zionist organizations as advance guard for setting up a Jewish-only state. And that’s when trouble began in Palestine around Islam’s holy sites, with Zionists creating historic narratives & fabricating religious traditions that did not exist. 

In 1948 when Israel was founded on the violent expulsion of Palestinians with the collusion of colonial regimes (especially the UK), East Jerusalem came under the jurisdiction of Jordan through negotiations with the UN; West Jerusalem was under Israeli control. The Noble Sanctuary is in East Jerusalem. After the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel occupied East Jerusalem & within a matter of three days had flattened the Palestinian neighborhood (called the Moroccan Quarter) adjacent to the Western Wall & Noble Sanctuary & forcibly cleared out the residents. Their property was expropriated for public use & eventually turned into a plaza to receive thousands of born-again Zionists laying claim to a land that wasn’t theirs. That “ancient tradition” of placing messages in the Western Wall doesn’t go back to Herod but began with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan when they marched into East Jerusalem & he inserted a written prayer into the cracks of the wall.

After the 1967 war, Zionists under the leadership of right-wing Rabbi Shlomo Goren (chief rabbi of the Israeli military & later chief rabbi of Israel) began claiming the Noble Sanctuary for building a third temple. Non-Muslims were forbidden to pray within the compound & so the Western Wall served for a long while as an outdoor & surrogate temple but Zionists have always had their eye on the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque & erecting their temple there. Palestinians frequently claim Israeli excavations under Al-Aqsa are threatening the foundations making it liable to collapse. Israeli rabbis are divided on Jews praying within the compound. Traditional rabbinical scholars regard it as antithetical to Judaism. Right-wing Zionist rabbis are much more flexible with religious principles in service to their rabid nationalism. 

This explains the constant harassment & storm trooper tactics by Zionist extremists, police agents, & Israeli troops within the Al-Aqsa compound. This also explains why there is relentless political pressure to reverse the prohibition on non-Muslims worshipping there & why Palestinian males under 50 are barred access to the mosque & must pray in the public streets. In November, Israel ordered the mosque closed down after the shooting of an ultranationalist Zionist who campaigned aggressively for Jewish prayer rights at the site. The entire purpose is to usurp & deny Palestinian religious rights & traditions.

Support Palestinian justice by boycotting all Israeli products (barcode beginning 729); by supporting the cultural boycott of Israel; by demanding “No US aid to Israel!”
(Photo by Finbarr O’Reilly)

anonymous asked:

The end of mass animal cruelty and exploitation is unachievable through capitalism. Sure less people are drinking dairy, but believing that by boycotting products we can end animal cruelty is ridiculous. The solution is only achievable through communism.

The issue is that everyone, from every political ideology believes theirs is the only achievable way to solve the problem. I’m not trying to be rude or made any judgement on whether or not communism is the way forward, I’m just saying that I think if we’re honest with ourselves neither one of us has the grand solution to animal cruelty and exploitation. In the meantime though, we can’t just sit back, do nothing and wait for the revolution to come; the stakes are too high. We need to try to reduce the harm we cause by as much as we can and that’s what veganism is about. Honestly I think if the political theorists who first came up with that “there is no ethical consumption under capitalism” line could see how their thinking was being used to support apathy and inaction they’d be horrified. 

We’re only boycotting Shea Moisture hair products right?…I caved at this B2G1 sale but I just needed to reup on my body products 😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬


I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who participated to help raise awareness about our families in Gaza. It’s difficult for the people in Gaza to show you their gratitude. But on behalf of them, i’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for telling your friends, sharing posts, donating, praying etc.. I want you to know that you’re playing a serious role during this sensitive time. The amount of people who know the truth about the Palestinian conflict has increased tremendously the past couple of days. But there is still a huge amount of people who are blinded from the truth; we still have a lot of work to do. My friends, the situation is currently very bad. The next days will be tough. Increase your

  1. Prayers.
  2. Donate.
  3. Help raise awareness by educating and protesting.

God bless you all. And again, thank you.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was wondering about your opinion on red 40. I avoided it because I thought it was the same as carmine, but I found out that in terms of content it's vegan. But then I found out that it was tested on animals continuously because of potential health risks. After I thought about it for a while, I figured that reducing the demand for red 40 would not reduce the demand for its testing. What do you think about this conclusion?

I’ve answered a question about Red 40 more generally here, which you may find helpful. As for lowering demand, I think that it’s best to avoid every animal tested product that we can, though that won’t be possible all the time. Strictly speaking, boycotting products using an ingredient you don’t like should work the same as avoiding animal based ingredients, if it is done by enough people. The issue is that many food colourants are tested on humans continuously, and almost all of them have been in the past, so it’d be pretty impractical to avoid them all. 

Your best bet if you’re worried about it having an impact is to email the companies directly and let them know what issues you have with the ingredient, and explain why you are no longer buying the product. This doesn’t take long, and while they likely won’t listen, just registering your view on it can be surprisingly effective, and I’ve had email responses from supermarkets when making similar enquiries. 

i think the problem with effective altruism is most elegantly illustrated by the fact that they recommend that you should try to buy things manufactured in sweatshops.

the logic being that workers in sweatshops are generally poorer, so if you want to help them, you should help keep the business they work for afloat.

this is, as far as that goes, true, attempting to discourage sweatshops through boycotts only result in people being put out of work, and is an ineffective or even counterproductive method to attempt change.

but like….. buying sweatshop-made clothing helps the person who owns the company (and is exploiting the workers) way more than it helps the workers! and what this really should be highlighting is that neither buying nor boycotting the product on an individual level is going to solve the problem! the important thing is helping workers fight for their rights worldwide!

and the “effective altruism” framework is explicitly offered as a substitute for systematic political change, most clearly demonstrated when nogfhaver was talking about direct political action and mitoticcephalopod jumped in to recommend instead becoming an effective altruist.

like virtually everything in the lesswronger memeplex, the effective altrusim meme is designed to convince people with left wing values that they should be either politically inactive, or right-libertarian. of course, the fact that lesswrong is funded by a far-right, anti-democracy, neoreaction-associated industrialist like Peter Thiel makes some sense of why this might be.


I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who participated to help raise awareness about our families in Gaza. It’s difficult for the people in Gaza to show you their gratitude. But on behalf of them, i’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for telling your friends, sharing posts, donating, praying etc.. I want you to know that you’re playing a serious role during this sensitive time. The amount of people who know the truth about the Palestinian conflict has increased tremendously the past couple of days. But there is still a huge amount of people who are blinded from the truth; we still have a lot of work to do. My friends, the situation is currently very bad. The next days will be tough. Increase your

  1. Prayers.
  2. Donate.
  3. Help raise awareness by educating and protesting.

God bless you all. And again, thank you.

guys, why isn’t there more attention being brought to this? thousands of dogs every year are killed in southern China for the Yulin Dog Eating Festival. dogs are tortured and severely beaten so they release adrenaline, which apparently makes the dogs “taste better”. as someone who is highly against animal cruelty, this fucking broke my heart. boycotting products made in China could really help, along with signing this petition. please sign this petition requesting to shut down this horrible “festival”-

together, all of us could make a change, please help.

anonymous asked:

What is your definition of the Palestinian territories? Also the BDS movement is a collective punishment imo. Israeli citizen isn't responsible for it's government's actions just as the US citizens shouldn't be puniched/boycotted due to their government's actions. If we're talking boycotting products from the settlments, then I'm all for it. But I'm against boycotting those from places like Tel Aviv. And just as I would visit USA, India, Indonesia and Ethiopia,(occupation), I'll visit Israel.

Hey there. Here’s a link which explains my thoughts on what I consider to be the OPT (historic palestine)

“Also the BDS movement is a collective punishment imo” 

BDS places economic, social, academic and cultural sanctions on Israel to cease its mistreatment of Palestinian people. This can be as simple as Stephen Hawking refusing to attend an event at an Israeli institution, and refusing to buy products built in factories on occupied land

Here’s an excerpt from Jewish Voices for Peace explaining the purpose of BDS: 

It is either interesting or completely ironic that you used the words “collective punishment” to describe this non-violent, completely ethical boycott of Israel, considering Israel’s tendency to collectively punish the entirety of Palestinian citizens violently, fatally and regularly. 

Unlike the “collective punishment” that Israeli citizens face by missing a concert or two via BDS, the collective punishment that Palestinians face at the hands of the IDF and the policies of the Israeli government have resulted in as many as 2314 deaths and 17 000+ injuries during the siege of 2014 alone

“Israeli citizen isn’t responsible for it’s government’s actions just as the US citizens shouldn’t be puniched/boycotted due to their government’s actions” 

It’s interesting that this argument is so often touched upon when discussing the effectivity of BDS–this idea that Israeli citizens are not “responsible” for the occupation of Palestine–especially when considering the fact that this isn’t true at all. 

Israeli citizens are directly complicit in furthering the occupation of Palestine and are complicit in perpetrating violence towards Palestinians. 

When you say that Israeli citizens aren’t responsible for the occupation of Palestine, or violence directed towards Palestinians, you ignore entirely the concept of Israeli settler-led occupation. An Israeli citizen choosing to live on an illegal settlement, or choosing to live on occupied land is 100% complicit in furthering the occupation of Palestine. 

“But I’m against boycotting those from places like Tel Aviv” 

And why is that? Because Tel Aviv is an “official” city now? Because the erasure of Palestinian land is so ingrained that people have succumbed to seeing it as a “legal” city? Explain why you’re against boycotting Tel Aviv products. 

“And just as I would visit USA, India, Indonesia and Ethiopia,(occupation), I’ll visit Israel.” 

Again, this comparison is an interestingly a popular one when it comes to combatting BDS and it is equally worthless. 

For whatever reason, people think it is effective to say: “well there is occupation in XYZ and it’s okay to go there…so why not Israel?” This is a naturalistic fallacy. The idea that because there is violence and occupation in other places of the world, Israel should be exempt from condemnation. It makes absolutely no sense to absolve Israel of its crimes because other crimes are being committed by other countries. 

If you’re in the business of boycotting products from states for their shitty LGBT laws, don’t stop with just Indiana. Here are the 48 states where it’s still legal to subject a minor to conversion therapy, and that’s just one of the shitty things it’s legal to do to queer people in many states in our great nation.

I appreciate the fervor I see about this Indiana news, but please continue to apply it wherever it’s needed. I never see straight people en masse getting angry and calling for boycotts when trans women of color get murdered. I would like to see that.

Riv | Message of the day:

In my life, I decided:

• Not to eat meat or animals products or to use their skins for my clothing, shoes, or decorations. There’s such immense cruelty involved with the raising of animals for human consumption that if I can stop their pain by boycotting their products, I will immediately make a difference.
• To recycle. Also to question my habits of consumption. I try to use less of everything and reuse things whenever I can.
• To speak out and know that my voice can be heard by writing government officials, becoming politically active, lobbying in Washington, and becoming part of peaceful, educational demonstrations.
• To use less and less of those things that add to the demise of our planet.

Cecil? StrexCorp values the effort you put into making this station what it was.

Is. What it is. But, when employees are refusing to participate in our trust exercises, and boycotting our products, and attacking us with our own helicopters, then I think we have failed our mission statement.


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“I can’t stop all cruelty to living creatures on the planet, I can be kinder to every living creature in my life.”

— “There’s such immense cruelty involved with the raising of animals for human consumption that if I can stop their pain by boycotting their products, I will immediately make a difference.”

anonymous asked:

Hi Fr. Angel, I just recently found your blog and, I must say, I really do love the things you post on here. I guess I wanted to ask why you decided to go with the Catholic faith. Were you raised a Catholic and simply followed through with your faith? Did you ever explore other faiths like Islam or Judaism? Why Catholic and not Protestant? I guess most of my question is what exactly convinced you, 100%, that the Catholic faith is THE faith.


Yes, I was raised Catholic by two parents who are Mexican Catholic. But that is not why I decided to stay in the Catholic Church. I decided to stay because I liked what I saw! That is why didn’t I go and explore other faiths, or join another faith, like another branch of Protestant Christianity, or Judaism, or Islam.

When you love something, and it is beautiful to you, you are loyal to it.

The first thing I love in the Catholic Church is Jesus, our Lord, Savior, and Unblemished Lamb of Sacrifice. He was slain, but dies no more, and in our human flesh and blood, He has crossed into the sanctuary of heaven as the Eternal High Priest. In heaven, Jesus is with His mother Mary, with St. Joseph, His 12 Apostles, and countless other angels and saints.

Also, I am attracted to the idea of parties, fun, gatherings and friendship. I hate it when people are stuck up, or prejudiced, or make fun of others and look down on them for who they are. In Catholicism, we learn at an early age that this earth is not our true home—our true citizenship is in heaven, where Jesus will take us to the Father and welcome us to an eternal party, a banquet of festive song and joy, where a diverse family from every language, nation, and culture will sing before the God and the Lamb. I love the Catholic concept of liturgy and fraternal union.

Even here on earth, Jesus wants us to care about each other, forgive each other, and love each other. As a young Catholic, I was impressed that at my parish church, there were white people, people of color, Asians, Hispanics, well off people, very poor people, the young and the old.

In spite of being so different from each other, we walked up to the same altar and ate and drank the same Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion. Even if we fought with each other, and harmed each other at times, we could go to the priest for Confession and God would wipe away our sins and we could actually hear the spoken words of mercy: “I absolve you of your sins.” This “catholicity” and universality of the Church is something which I also believe excels in Catholicism. Truly, we are the religion of “E pluribus unum” or “from the many, One.”

Next? Catholics would leave confession, and even as a little boy, I could see the manifest peace on their faces, and how much consolation their holy religion brought to them. Some of the members of the congregation would get sick. They said the priest would go and anoint them with holy oil, and then they would be called home to heaven. I thought this was also a precious teaching of my religion.

You see, this taught me that God does not love just people who are strong and healthy.

He loves the poor, the weak, the unborn babies who were not planned pregnancies, and yes, He loves the elderly and weak. So I could see how Catholics would take care of their old people instead of just taking them to a desert and dumping them like garbage. I learned that the Catholic religion had to get on, encourage, the rich and powerful, to shield and protect the poor and the vulnerable, not snuff them out for convenience and power.

There is so much to do, and so little energy, I’d say to myself. How can we do this? Well, the answer I was told, is we can’t do all these works of kindness and mercy. We are sinners, and our Church has failure and defect in its members.

But the holy Founder and the Divine Protector of the Church (Our Lord) has no failure and defect. He has no sin, but is a fount of holiness and an infinite ocean of mercy and graces that flow from His five holy Wounds on the Cross. When Catholics were not lazy, and worldly and selfish with their time and energy, but when they got up and made it to Mass, the Divine Sacrifice, Jesus would unleash power and graces to help the Church carry out the spiritual and bodily works of charity. He would raise up priests with the supernatural power to bless, to consecrate, and to feed us with holy Communion from the altar.

I was like the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:15:  "Jesus, I thirst, give me of the water of your grace, so I will not be thirsty anymore!” It was awesome to me that Catholics could go week after week and even each day and receive the blessings of God.

For contact with God outside of Mass, Catholics could pray the rosary, chaplets, novenas from little leather bound prayer books, study the catechism with clear and truthful doctrine, wear their medals, crucifixes, scapulars, and bless themselves with holy water.

So much of Catholic spirituality was public, like processions for Holy Week, public adoration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Body, public services for penance and confession. At the same time, there were so many private devotions, so many personal ways to pray. There seemed to be many mystical and pious practices that a Catholic could do in the privacy of their home also, and you felt holy when you did these things and stuck by them in the practice of regular prayer.

There was a little something for everyone, like they say, and if all of those helps were not enough, Catholics could kneel at the Communion rail and partake of the Bread which has come down from heaven, so that they would not die, like their ancestors, but eat of It and live forever!

And this was not “fake” Body and Blood, but the real flesh of Jesus, His real Blood, His soul and divinity. From many nations and diverse backgrounds in our parish in San Diego, we went to the altar and ate God, and with God in us, we sang songs of thanksgiving and joy. Then we were told to leave the church building so that we could go build God’s kingdom in our world, the reign of Christ the King.

Back in the early 70’s, America was in turmoil: the ravages of the Vietnam War where some of my friends found out their relative was one of the 50,000+ killed; the ravages of divorce, the difficulties of a nation still in racial wars (I was asked by my white friends if I was going to beat them up, since that’s what Mexican kids did—beat up on white kids!), terrible poverty, and then in 1973, when I was a little boy, I was told the highest court of this nation said parents could now kill their own children.

I remember having a horrific nightmare of one of my neighbors getting mad at her children and deciding to kill them. My mom explained that the law didn’t allow parents to kill their children who were born already, but I still found the thought of abortion to be searing and unthinkable.

During these controversies, my religion, the Catholic religion, was raising a voice and entering into public debates and challenging society and its own members to take the graces of the Mass into the world so that Jesus’ project would not die—to build a civilization of love.

We talked about these things later in catechism—the idea of taking wrong things in society and making them right. In my family, we boycotted certain food products because we were told that the farm workers were being mistreated, and there was great suffering that needed to be rectified. At Mass, we learned to participate with tambourines and guitars and to sing songs about changing the world. I heard a new term: “social justice.”

So, these are just some of the things I experienced growing up as a Catholic. For me, being a Catholic was not boring. It was an adventure. It was hard. It still is. And I have changed a lot, but still find myself at home in the Church. No more tambourines and guitars for me! LOL.

But it was possible if we stayed close to the Church and followed her counsels and spiritual guidance. In the midst of this adventure to want to follow Jesus, to want to be holy, I simply felt no attraction or desire to go look elsewhere for spiritual meaning and fulfillment.

I was already getting that in the Catholic religion.

This post has been super, super long, but I wanted to answer sincerely and from the heart and so I didn’t keep track of the length. And it has been awhile since I give a “deposition” of my faith and witnessed to the reasons for being Catholic.

God bless and take care! Fr. Angel