SOS is the universal symbol for distress.
SOS also stands for a growing youth movement in North America, called ‘Students Opposing Speciesism’.
I confess that I had to research the meaning of speciesism, but I learned that in these days of politician correctness, speciesism is another form of discrimination that we are being asked to avoid.
First coined by Animal Activist Peter Singer, the term refers to the ‘error’ of considering some species more valuable than others. For example, we should not discriminate and say that a dog or cat is more valuable than a frog, or a mouse.
We must be careful, according to SOS, never to use animal names as slurs.
If we rudely call a greedy person a ‘pig’, or a lazy person ‘slothful’, then we are discriminating against pigs and sloths.
According to SOS, backed by PETA, a growing animal rights group, I should feel a constant low-grade sense of shame, since I live on an island that was founded on the cod fishing industry.
Fish have feelings, and have been observed playing. Therefore they should not be eaten, claim animal rights activists.
I remember, however, standing at the site by the sea of Galilee where Jesus made a fish breakfast for his disciples, several of whom were fishermen.
We live in times where animal rights are increasing, while respect for human rights, especially the unborn, and the elderly, is decreasing.
Certainly God expects us to treat his creation with respect.
However, we need to ask whether all the goals of animal activists conform to the Word of God.
Nevertheless, I will remind myself to use the word ‘greedy’, rather than the word ‘piggish’.
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