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What do humanists eat?

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What do humanists eat?

#1 Post by clayto » October 5th, 2009, 6:20 pm

Marilyn Mason's article for the Shap Working Party on Education in Religion, 'What do humanists eat?', is now available at: ... /mason.pdf.

Marilyn, who worked as the Education Officer of the British Humanist Association from 1998 to 2006, is not a vegetarian but 'thinks she ought to be'. After pointing out that many Humanists extend their concerns about suffering to other animals, not just humans, as people often assume, her article has a substantial section on Humanist vegetarianism and veganism (as well as on omnivores and other non-veggies). She concludes that "the main Humanist grounds for vegetarianism: (are) compassion for kindred creatures, on Darwinian principles, and concern for the environment." In addition she refers to Peter Singer's writings on 'specieism'. The Humanist Vegetarian Group, its website and forum, get favourable mentions.

In her survey for the article she found vegetarianism to be 'much higher' than the national average among Humanists.

The article is published in World Religions in Education 2009-10


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Re: What do humanists eat?

#2 Post by banbbc » August 29th, 2010, 3:24 am

A very interesting article, but I'm puzzled why Peter Singer is always quoted in these articles and not other writers such as Tom Regan whose writings has always impressed me. Singer is a very thought provoking writer, but just one of several 'animal rights' philosophers. I wonder if its because Singer's conclusions of the easiest distorted when taken out of context.

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Re: What do humanists eat?

#3 Post by seyorni » August 30th, 2010, 7:36 pm

Humanists don't eat humans?

A misnomer, then....

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Re: What do humanists eat?

#4 Post by Paolo » August 30th, 2010, 10:07 pm

seyorni wrote:Humanists don't eat humans?

A misnomer, then....
Surely it would be a humanitarian who ate humans, as a vegetarian eats vegetables...

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Re: What do humanists eat?

#5 Post by Lifelinking » August 30th, 2010, 10:17 pm

cannibals :)
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Re: What do humanists eat?

#6 Post by Fia » August 30th, 2010, 11:14 pm

Time for my favourite Roger McGough short poem methinks:

There are fascists
pretending to be humanitarians
like cannibals on a health kick
eating only vegetarians.


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