- The Washington Times - Monday, December 20, 1999

Poultry idol

“Remember the commercial jingle I feel like chicken tonight?’ To Karen Davis, that phrase constitutes hate speech.
“Davis is an animal-rights activist, and in her mind the commercial slaughter of chickens is as morally objectionable as the Holocaust… .
“Davis, 55, lives in the middle of Holocaust Central the Delmarva peninsula, Virginia, where half a billion broiler chickens are processed each year… .
“Even for an animal-rights activist, Davis seems a little extreme. A former university English professor, she now lives alone in a spartan house that offers little in the way of either furniture or comfort. Her husband left her long ago, tiring of his wife’s fanatical commitment to something most people think of as a cheap and tasty source of protein. Davis has sacrificed everything husband, career and comfort for the sake of chickens… .
“Of course, Davis has plenty of company in her movement. The college campus is a magnet for animal-rights activists, both students and academics… .
“What is it that drives people to such harsh extremes? … Seventeenth-century French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal suggests an answer. Pascal taught that there is a God-shaped hole in everyone’s heart, and if we don’t fill it with God, we’ll fill it with something else: some cause or ideology that rouses our sense of a higher purpose.
“Davis says bluntly that she doesn’t believe in God… . And that may explain why she has been driven throughout much of her adult life to find a cause, a reason to live.”
Anne Morse, writing on “Murder Most Fowl,” a posting in the on-line magazine Boundless at www.boundless.org

Able activists

“If school administrators next year refuse to allow anti-homosexuality viewpoints to be heard, there’s a reason: They’re being threatened by those who say they favor diversity. Late last month activist groups lead by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), teamed with at least 10 mainstream public-education organizations to send a pro-homosexuality pamphlet to the nation’s more than 15,000 public-school districts… .
“The missive repeatedly tells school officials that homosexuality is normal and healthy, and insists that any contrary messages place students at risk of physical and emotional harm… .
” This is an attempt at normalization’ of homosexuality, says former Secretary of Education William Bennett. This is a very smart and able bunch of gay activists they keep themselves in the background, and try to appear as middle-of-the-road as possible by enlisting the support of groups that pack a powerful punch with parents.’ “
From “The Young and Impressionable,” in the Dec. 25 issue of World

Sharing the planet

“In the dog-eat-dog world of book marketing, New Sage Press of Troutdale, Ore., has hit upon a new twist in in-store appearances and autographings. To promote its latest title, Unforgettable Mutts: Pure of Heart Not of Breed,’ the publisher has organized paw-tographings’ at bookstores around the country where some of the unusual mutts featured in the book do the signings… .
” Unforgettable Mutts’ brings to light the story of mixed breed dogs … who went on to make a difference in the lives of their owners… .
” These events seem to bring out both animal rights people and pet enthusiasts,’ publisher Maureen Michelson [says].
Barbara Roether, writing on “Roll Over, Shake and Sign Here” in the Nov. 29 issue of Publisher’s Weekly

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