Veganism & Religion | Gary Yourofsky

Veganism & Religion | Gary Yourofsky



Hi it’s Emily from Bite Size Vegan and welcome
to another vegan nugget. Today’s video is
another installation of my interview with
vegan activist Gary Yourofsky. Now we’re
finally coming to the end of this series and
really getting into some intense topics. In
this segment, Gary will share his views on
the relationship between veganism and religion.
This can be quite the controversial hotbed
rife with tension. And if you know Gary, you
know that he does not mince his words. I’ll
tell you ahead of time that if you are easily
offended by strong language or religious topics,
this is not the video for you. As an additional
note, I personally plan on doing a full video
series on the intersection of religion and
veganism with a video dedicated to each religious
view. I personally believe that veganism can
be a meaningful part of any religious practice
and, in fact, is supported in various scriptures.
But today’s video is Gary’s response to
this topic. I would encourage you to push
through any resistance that may come up and
listen for the underlying message of Gary’s
answer. After we hear from him I’ll come
back in with some of my thoughts. So prepare
yourself and gird your loins cause we’re going
in.
Can you speak a little bit to intersection
of veganism and religion. Are there conflicts
there, can they compliment one another?
The only conflict that is going is that
if you claim that you believe in God and you
murder God’s animals, you’re a murderer
of God. You’re not believing in God, you’re
not worshipping God. Something I noticed that
it is horrible- religious people, I don’t
care what religion you are, they never worship
anything that God actually created. They only
worship things that we created in God’s
name. Bibles, crosses, churches, synagogues,
Koran, mosque, The Stars of David, the Wailing
wall, phony images of Jesus. And by the way,
let me just put this out there. If you believe
in Jesus, if you believe he was a white guy
with blue eyes and blond hair in Middle East.
You’re not in fucking reality. There are
no white people with blue eyes and blond hair
naturally born in Middle East. So everything
about religion has to be made up shit. I believe
in God, as I say to all these people “no,
I love God” I’ll proudly say it. I don’t
believe in the organized religious God people
have made up. I see God in trees, I see God
in cows. I look at cows and I see this huge
head, Big Red up at SASHA Farm or Bhima, I’m
touching their heads are like 200 pounds,
I go “man, what was God thinking when he
made this head?” I see a giraffe and I think
“what was God thinking when he made this
neck that’s 17 or 20 feet long?” I’m
amazed at God’s creations. Sadly religious
people see God’s creations and all they
want to do is kill them. That’s the first
thing they do is kill them! Kill them! Steal
their babies! Rape them! Fuck them! Forget
about them! I think- religious people got
it backwards completely. Forget about the
book, God’s not in the book. Let me be clear
about that. God does not exist on paper. He’s
not in the book, close the fucking book and
walk outside and look at what God created
and then you’ll be a holy being. It’s
not about long beards, not about covering
your head in cloth. That does not make you
a good person. Compassion makes you a good
person. Not harming somebody else makes you
a good person. For the record, I don’t care
what God you believe in, if you even believe
in a God. I care about how you act. Your actions
count, not your beliefs. Your actions matter.
Are you killing somebody, are you enslaving
somebody, are you oppressing somebody, or
you just discriminating against somebody.
That’s what counts and that’s what matters.
And that’s what religious people need to
correct. World would be a better place if
we actually embraced and protected God’s
creations. Instead of just killing them all.
As I said in the beginning, I truly
believe that the core of what one may call
“godly principles” are very much in line
with veganism. The tenants of do no harm,
of love, compassion, empathy, kindness. Aren’t
these the very bedrock of spiritual traditions?
Isn’t caring for the most vulnerable among
us what countless religious practice advocate?
Certainly we humans have perverted even the
most noble of principles with our own selfish
desires and motives. But when you really look
at the original teachings and core philosophies
of most religions, veganism
fits quite nicely.
I’m a huge advocate of the fact that anyone
and everyone can be vegan. From atheists to
evangelicals, Democrat and Republican, black,
white, Hispanic, what have you. Anyone from
any background, ethnicity, religious practice,
economic class, nationality- anyone can choose
to live with compassion. To look in the eyes
of an innocent animal and say, you deserve
life. You will not die on my account. What
is more spiritual than that?
So I’d love to hear what you think about
this subject. If you do identify as religious,
do you find veganism to be in conflict or
in line with your beliefs? What do you see
as the relationship between veganism and religion?
Let me know in the comments.
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Thou shalt not kill. Follow it for a change.
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Veganism & Religion | Gary Yourofsky


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