Avine Discrimination from on High

It can be said that the raven is among my favorite birds. These large, crow-like fowls, in addition to looking good in black, are said to be quite intelligent. Nineteenth century American naturalist E. A. Poe has even commented on their limited command of the English language. They are an extraordinary species.

That is why when earlier today, while reading Leviticus, I was shocked to find this passage:

‘These, moreover, you shall detest among the birds; they are abhorrent, not to be eaten: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard, and the kite and the falcon in its kind, every raven in its kind, and the ostrich and the owl and the sea gull and the hawk in its kind, and the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl, and the white owl and the pelican and the carrion vulture, and the stork, the heron in its kinds, and the hoopoe, and the bat.’ [Leviticus 11:13-19 (New American Standard Bible)]

Now, I can understand owls being on this list. I don’t trust anything that can turn it’s head backwards. The girl in The Exorcist did that, proving that owls are demoniacally possessed. But calling ravens abhorrent?! I take issue with that, Jehovah. Is this because the raven that Noah sent from the ark never came back? Because if it is, that’s very immature of You. Be the bigger man, God, and remove ravens from Your list of abhorrent birds.

Also, don’t think I don’t see Your thinly veiled attack on the United States when You say that eagles are abhorrent, YHWH. How unpatriotic of You! You’d better clean up your act, Mister, unless You want to see us printing “In Brahma We Trust” on our money.

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~ by norealname on June 25, 2008.

One Response to “Avine Discrimination from on High”

  1. I wonder if bats are on this list so there would be enough of them for all of God’s belfrys.

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