Starting July 4th, Charlotte is the host city for the Mennonite church convention. I know only a few details about Mennonites. Apart from their anti-war stance(which I have no problem with), the only first-hand knowledge comes from visits to people we know in northern Virginia who bought a Mennonite farm. The very large barn on the property was used to house a veal production operation. Without going into the details I saw, I’ll just say I have drastically reduced my veal consumption and pause to think whenever I see it on a menu. I consider myself an ethical dog breeder(though I have been chastised here on LJ for breeding ANY puppies). Both the Mennonites and Amish populations have a horrible reputation in the dog community as being among the worst examples of “puppy mills”. Interesting that as a Protestant denomination Mennonites should hold human life in such high regard but seem indifferent about the suffering of the rest of God’s creatures.
In today’s Charlotte Observer article about the Mennonite convention there is mention of a planned 1.1 mile walk for peace. Big deal, I walk 1.3 miles everyday(sometimes more than once) around the neighborhood with my dogs. If Mennonites want to get public attention about peace I would suggest a 1.1 THOUSAND mile stroll. Take a few calves and dogs along too, they probably need the exercise.