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Religious Group Advocates Stoning in 2010

March 5, 2010

I’m sure we all heard the recent news about a killer whale at Seaworld killing a trainer. People’s opinions seemed to be mostly split onto two sides; those who believe the whale was acting on instinct, and never deserved to be in captivity, and those who believe the whale is at fault and should be euthanized or sent back into the wild.

Then there’s the American Family Association, a religious group based in America that mostly concerns itself with poking its nose into places no one wants it. They stepped forward (because no one asked for their much needed opinion) and announced what they thought should happen to Tilikum the whale.

Apparently, it should be stoned to death along with its trainer, because that’s what Jesus would do.

From the article:

‘If the counsel of the Judeo-Christian tradition had been followed, Tilikum would have been put out of everyone’s misery back in 1991 and would not have had the opportunity to claim two more human lives,’ said Bryan Fisher on the AFA website.

‘Says the ancient civil code of Israel, “When an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten.”‘

Well, okay, I guess that was cool to do back in 300 BC or whatever when there was no PETA or knowledge that animals are more advanced than rocks. The AFA put notice of all this on their website, and has also been writing to Sea World asking them to stone the whale.

Fisher goes on to explain that the stoning shouldn’t stop at the whale either, but also the trainer. He says, “The Scripture soberly warns, if one of your animals kills a second time because you didn’t kill it after it claimed its first human victim,  this time you die right along with your animal,”


Firstly, the whale. Sadly the first thing that popped into my head wasn’t, ‘How cruel!’ but rather, ‘How the eff do you stone an entire whale?‘ I mean, do you lay it on the beach and stone it while dies out of water, so ultimately it just dies from being on land? Do you stone it while its in the water? In which case what if the tank is big enough for it to move away from the stones? Are the stones really big? Who finds and throws these big stones? So many questions. I bet Jesus never had to figure out how to stone a damn whale.

Secondly, the trainer. Ironically enough, the AFA is both pro-life, and pro-death penalty, and apparently pro-whale death and pro-whale owner death. I guess babies have a right to life until they pop out the womb, then if their whale kills someone its all over. What if the baby owned the whale, like those zoo programs where you ‘adopt’ an animal and send money for it to eat or whatever? What happens when a monkey is adopted through a baby’s name, and the monkey kills a bunch of people? What then, AFA? WHAT THEN?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2010 1:48 am

    I love the people who want the whale to be released into the wild. It’s not like Free Willy, these whales have never had to hunt for themselves and have missed out on the crucial learning period from their pods when they were babies. Speaking of pods, killer whales are one the most social of animals; even if this one was somehow trained how to hunt on his own, he wouldn’t last long without a pod of his own. And guess what? WILD ANIMALS rarely adopt outsiders into their group.

    So yeah, I can see where AFA is coming form. I’m all for people getting stoned with whales…and elephants.

  2. March 5, 2010 6:13 am

    Are people really so stupid that they’d advocate stoning a whale to death because it killed a trainer? Animals are inherently dangerous, just as many things we do are inherently dangerous. Skiing, for example, or driving to work. I’m not so sure it’s worth getting all lathered up about.

    • Tegan McRae permalink*
      March 5, 2010 7:10 am

      Not only a whale, but a fully-grown human being. I mean, these people are literally saying we should throw stones at an actual person until they die. It blows my mind.


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