On Noah, the Bible and why we shouldn’t eat flesh

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TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked  the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to  the Bible. Well, yes and no.

The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the  Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of  Noah.

After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes, “Behold, I have given you every herb   yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that   has seed-yielding fruit — to you it shall be for food.”It is only after  the flood, with fruits and vegetables no longer abundant, that humans get  permission to eat animal flesh.

Even then, the Bible stipulates that lives of  only select animals may be taken and always with reverence and minimal  cruelty. This is certainly a far cry from today’s factory farm and  slaughterhouse practices.

Regardless of how we may feel about “Noah’s” interpretation of the Bible, each of us can recreate the recommended diet of the Garden of Eden in  our home by dropping animal products from our menu.

Reynaldo Capone