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Jewish ritual sacrifice of chickens raises religious liberty issue

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    I don't care if these folks want to kill chickens as a religious ritual. I've also seen goats killed as part of a ritual, but then eaten. One thing, though, about promoting so called religious liberty above all else is that you may get what you want. It's not a long leap at all to be able to argue that ritual casino gambling is an issue of religious liberty, and that I should be able to pursue it unencumbered by laws which curtail my religious liberty.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    I don't care too much one way or another, but Hutterite brings up a good point

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Kapparah [כפרה], the singular of kapparot, means "atonement" and comes from the Hebrew root k-p-r which means "to atone".

    It's a metaphor:
    The chicken [with wings extended" is waved over one's head to symbolically "atone" for one's sins, and is slaughtered and given to the poor.

    A mother hen will give up her own life to save her chicks.

    As Latter-Day Saints -- we should recognize the meaning behind this --

    Jesus taught this to his disciples before his crucifixion,
    and Jesus announced this as the voice in the darkness before he appeared to the New World.

    "How Oft Would I Have Gathered You as a Hen Gathereth Her Chickens" in 3 Nephi 10:4–7
    and Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34

    He IS the Kapparot.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    As long as the chickens are eaten, I don't see a problem with the practice. I've seen sheep, chickens, cattle and such slaughtered. It isn't pretty, but that does seem to be how we sustain ourselves.

    As long as someone is eating meat, they don't have much room to complain about how it is being killed.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Sept. 13, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    LDS Liberal and Ranch,

    Both excellent posts. Thank you.

    This is the day of atonement outlined in Leviticus 16 (from where we get the concept of a scapegoat).

    But even without acknowledging the religious, as long as the slaughter is humane and the food source not wasted, we have little to complain about unless we are strict vegetarians.