Letters to the Editor, April 2, 2014

Online self-esteem, Jack London rolls over in his grave, Biblical meat-eating

Very Odd

If you are interested in all this (“I Hate Me,” March 26), try Hannah Smith (digital self-harm). You mentioned Tumblr as a source of support. Dangerous, if you are loved for self-harm. And of course, the odd Megan Meier story. You mentioned Jessi Slaughter—forced off the internet for her own sanity, now transgender. If you are going to mention Jessi Slaughter, then you have to mention Aurora Eller. Then maybe Giovanna Plowman. Samantha Marie? There is something very odd about young females online.

Via online

Rolling in His Grave

I don’t even know the words for how upset I am about your irresponsible statement on page 32 of your Best Of issue (March 19): Best Reincarnation of Jack London. Darius Anderson? Jack is rolling over in his grave!

Hidden Valley Lake

Noah Way

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.

Santa Rosa

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