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Message from our Pastor

Sunday, July 12, 2020

 

In his New York Times article Nicholas Kristof raises the issue of what he calls moral blindness. He moves beyond the issue of pulling down Confederate statues and even beyond some of our actions to rectify institutionalized racism. Kristof has been one to look at and write about those dark corners of the world that many of us do not see.

 

His article’s focus this weekend is on the factory farming of chickens. First, you’ve got to have a strong stomach to read how chickens are slaughtered in these places. The last time I had chicken, which I think was sometime last year, it was from a free-range farm.  But, now, I have to admit I wonder how those chickens were slaughtered. 

 

He notes that our moral myopia also extends to the workers in the processing factories. They have an extraordinarily high rate of contracting Covid. We need to ask Tyson and Perdue, the two largest companies, what their worker protections are in addition to checking on their slaughtering methods. And we should check on our local producer, Readington Farms located in Whitehouse Station.


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He has told you, O mortal, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,

to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
MICAH 6:8 NRSV


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