BENJAMIN SOLOMON CARSON, one of many Republican presidential candidates, recently divulged that he is a Seventh Day Adventist. That’s his religion.
Personally I don’t care what anybody’s religion is as long as that religion doesn’t interfere with my ability to survive and thrive.
But, being that it’s all over the media, and the candidates like to shore up their religious base by making public what most keep private (you know – the ‘don’t wear your religion on your sleeve thing’, purportedly said by Jesus), I can’t help but raise a question or two.
Why isn’t he telling the congregation – the American, and frankly the worldwide, audience – that he doesn’t eat animals?
That’s private, but your religion isn’t? That’s part of your religion. If your religion doesn’t allow the eating of flesh and you don’t eat flesh, except when there’s a flood, then why not say it? The flood has been over for a very long time.
According to Genesis, the first book of the Torah, the initial diet of humanity was a vegan diet:
“I give you all plants that bear seed everywhere on Earth, and every tree bearing fruit which yields seed: they shall be yours for food. All green plants I give for food to the wild animals, to all the birds of heaven, and to all reptiles on Earth, every living creature, it shall be theirs for food.” (Genesis 1:29-31)
You were named after King Solomon – your middle name – supposedly the wisest man living at the time (nothing was said about the wisest woman). So a wise person would know when the flood was over, especially since it’s been over for so long. Well, the wisest people on earth today don’t eat animals – they’re generally called vegans. They’re from all religions, all walks of life, all genders, all races, all ethnic groups, and many have as their sole religion – veganism – a respect for all beings.
Since the USA government and many popular T. V. personalities refer to all vegans as terrorists, when they clearly are not, how are you going to address this prejudice if you become president?
Veganism is going to be the next major prejudice worldwide. When veganism spreads too wide for the comfort of the animal eaters of the world, there could be a war over it – a World War III. The current slaughter and animal abusing industries are gigantic in size – too big to fail size. But veganism is spreading at an accelerating rate. How will you as president protect the rights of vegans to respect all beings?
Can you see the discrimination already occurring? I can. Can you envision vegans becoming political prisoners? I can. Can you envision the lives of vegans being made living hells by their respective governments of the world? I can.
I know you can see all that too. That’s why you don’t say, the flood has been over for a very long time.
If you say it, it will destroy your chance of becoming president. The slaughter and animal abusing industries will make sure of that. Your religious base, outside of the Adventists, will make sure of that. The NRA and all the hunters of the nation will make sure of that.
Even if you currently eat animals and come up with a Celiac disease excuse, I know that you can see what I see.
Did you know that many animal-free vegans are gluten-free? So there really isn’t an excuse.
The Seventh Day Adventist religion also discourages use of tobacco, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances. Yet, the world doesn’t discriminate against and call terrorists those who indulge.
People who don’t eat animals are discriminated against by family, church and state.
Guess we’ll see if you earned the middle name you were given.
The flood has been over for a very long time – yet we’re still eating animals, and we’re discriminating against people who don’t.
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Seventh-day Adventist Diet
Seventh-day Adventists are encouraged to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet. They avoid meat but eat legumes, whole grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. According to the Seventh-day Adventist website, “we believe God calls us to care for our bodies, treating them with the respect a divine creation deserves. Gluttony and excess, even of something good, can be detrimental to our health.” Some Seventh-day Adventists are lacto-ova vegetarians (meaning that they eat eggs and dairy foods) and others are vegans (meaning that they eat no animal products at all). The religion also discourages use of tobacco, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances.
A multitude of clinical studies have used Seventh-day Adventists as the study population. These studies have proven that most Seventh-day Adventists are healthier than other populations. In general, Seventh-day Adventists have a lower rate of death, a lower rate of obesity, and a lower risk of developing heart disease, certain types of cancers, strokes, and diabetes.
A study of Seventh-day Adventists published in 2000 showed that the 34192 self-identified California Adventists who were followed for 12 years lived, on average, 7.3 extra years for men and 4.42 more years for women, when compared to other non-Hispanic Californians.
Other Seventh-day Adventist diet recommendations
Abstinence from alcohol, coffee, tea, and all other caffeinated beverages is stressed. Lacto-ovo vegetarians need to pay special attention to what they eat to make sure that they get enough iron, zinc, and protein from their diet. Vegans should pay close attention to calcium, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and protein.
References and recommended readings
Adventist health studies: An overview. Loma Linda University website.http://www.llu.edu/assets/publichealth/adventist-health-studies/documents/ahs-overview.pdf. Published September 2011. Accessed April 13, 2015.
Harding F. New vegetarian plate published. Adventist Health Ministries website.http://healthministries.com/news/2013/new-vegetarian-plate-published. Accessed April 20, 2015.
Living a healthful life. The Seventh-day Adventist Church website.http://www.adventist.org/vitality/health/. Accessed April 20, 2015.
Oliver A. Major study affirms Adventists’ vegetarian diet. Adventist Review website.http://archives.adventistreview.org/article/6357/archives/issue-2013-1515/15-cn-major-study-affirms-adventist-s-vegetarian-diet. Published June 6, 2013. Accessed April 20, 2015.
The new USDA MyPlate open to vegetarian interpretation. Loma Linda University School of Public Health website. http://www.llu.edu/public-health/news/news-usda-myplate.page. Accessed April 20, 2015.