This post makes me sad. Oh-so sad.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has announced that it will convert the Akron, OH home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer into a vegan restaurant. Dahmer, nicknamed the Milwaukee Cannibal, was a sex offender and killed 17 men and boys, afterwards he ate (yes, ate) body parts from the victims and preserved others between 1978-1991.
The case itself is terrifyingly sad, but what makes it worse for me is that PETA seems not to realize that humans have souls and animals do not. Additionally, if they understood the absolute horror that rocked Milwaukee when police discovered the victims’ remains in Dahmer’s apartment there, they’d never suggest such a twisted scheme.
Here’s part of PETA’s statement about their plan:
Like Dahmer’s human victims, cows, pigs, and chickens are made of flesh and blood and fear for their lives when confronted by a man with a knife. They are also drugged and dragged, and their limbs are bound. Their struggles and screams are ignored as they are killed and cut up to be consumed. Their bones are thrown away like garbage.”
The difference is that when Dahmer was caught, his killing spree ended. Today, however, more than 30 billion animals are slaughtered in the U.S. every year in similarly gruesome ways for food.”
I absolutely agree with PETA that some of the practices used for raising, killing, and slaughtering animals for human consumption desperately need a major makeover. BUT,,, that’s as far as it goes.
There is no comparison between murdering and eating humans beings and killing and eating animals. Man was made in God’s image and likeness. In the Book of Genesis, we read, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen 1:27)
God did not create animals in his own image and likeness; he created them for the benefit of man.
To say that the men Jeffrey Dahmer seduced, murdered, mutilated, dismembered, and then cooked up and ate or preserved were of no more value than animals is a horrid, harsh blow to the murder victims’ families. They are people – real people – who once walked this earth, had families and friends, laughed, cried, slept, woke, worked, and were precious in God’s eyes because they had souls that resembled his image.
It’s also a horrid, harsh blow to the people of the City of Milwaukee, where the greatest number of Dahmer’s victims were desecrated. I grew up in Milwaukee, and remember the inconceivable, ghastly, daily reports in the news as the case unfolded. It sickened us all, and has left a scar in Milwaukee’s heart since. The name Dahmer rips chills up and down every Milwaukean’s spine. I’ll be it’s the same for folks in Akron, OH.
Now, I’ll throw something else at you. I was told by an exorcist-friend that wandering souls and evil spirits can occupy spaces in which there’s been a murder (or suicide). Wandering souls are harmless, but evil spirits are destructive both to people and property. Is it prudent to open a business in a building that runs that risk? I doubt PETA is aware of that, and if they were, would they believe it? Would they do anything about it (like having the place exorcised) before bringing the public in to be exposed to the possibility of demonic presence?
[Understand I’m not accusing PETA of demonic activity, only wondering about their lack of awareness.]
I’m grieved by PETA’s decision. When first I heard about it, I told myself, “Whew. Thank goodness it’s not going to be in Milwaukee.” Yet, I don’t want to wish that on Akron folks, either. And, in the end, does it matter?
This eatery should never proceed as planned, no matter where it’s located. Let’s pray for PETA’s enlightenment, for the souls of Jeffrey Dahmer and his victims as well as for their families, and for the grace to never, ever, misjudge the value of a human soul.