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.
I don't care too much one way or another, but Hutterite brings up a good
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 10:4–7and Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 He IS the
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.
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.