My fellow readers, please consider signing this petition. It was started by the Lukumi elder who pioneered protecting our right to sacrifice: Oba Pichardo, whose 1993 case against the city of Hialeah won Supreme Court Recognition of religions’ right to ritual sacrifice.
This right is NOT guaranteed. Even though we have SCOTUS precedent, it can still be chipped away at, just as animal rights groups are continually trying to do. There is a recent case working its way through the VA court system now and if the state wins, it is not unlikely that other states will use this to effectively remove religious exemption to animal slaughter. We often think that we can skate by in this country, that no one will ever interfere with our religious freedoms, and many of us refer when challenged to that 1993 case but *nothing* is set in stone and those that would shatter our religions again know this.
If you care at all for one of our holiest of rights, if you care at all for the freedom to practice your religion unimpeded (even if your religion does NOT involve sacrifice), please consider signing.
Here is a petition that I am going to ask my readers to please consider signing. Google translate takes the Yoruba word “Esu,” the name for the Deity of the Crossroads, and renders it in english as “devil”. um. no.
Not only is this inaccurate but it’s borderline religious discrimination. Hundreds of thousands of practitioners of the African Traditional Religions around the world pay homage to Him. We need about 298 more signatures (at the time that I’m posting this here). Please consider signing.
The petition is here.