If this proposal goes anywhere, it would be the second PC-inspired assault on the Good Book in less than a month–the first one being that the New International Version of the Bible will now use “gender neutral” language.
After they heard that the latest translation of the New International Version of the Bible will now use gender-inclusive language such as “he or she” instead of just “he”, PETA saw an opportunity to change one other thing. The organization has petitioned the Committee on Bible Translation to suggest that its next translation remove “speciesist” language, by referring to animals as “he or she” instead of “it.”
CNN spoke to PETA rep Bruce Friedrich who said, “When the Bible moves toward inclusively in one area … it wasn’t much of a stretch to suggest they move toward inclusively in this area.”
Friedrich, a practicing Roman Catholic, said, “Language matters. Calling an animal ‘it’ denies them something. They are beloved by God. They glorify God.”
“God’s covenant is with humans and animals. God cares about animals,” Friedrich said. “I would think that’s a rather unanimous opinion among biblical scholars today, where that might not have been the case 200 years ago.”
Friedrich, who is also a vegan and suggests the Bible promotes vegetarianism, puts a religious face on PETA’s ethical arguments.
“What happens in slaughterhouses mocks God,” he said. People know intuitively that “animals are ‘who’ not ‘what.’ … Acknowledging it would better align our practices with our beliefs.”
David Berger, the dean of Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel graduate school of Jewish studies, said making the shift in English PETA is requesting would be difficult given the nature of ancient Hebrew.
“In Hebrew all nouns are gender-specific. So the noun for chair is masculine and the noun for earth is feminine. There’s simply no such thing as a neutral noun,” Berger told CNN. “It’s unusual to have a noun that would indicate the sex of the animal.”
Over at the website Weasel Zippers, we are confronted with a very pointed question: “How many overwhelmingly leftist PETA members actually read the Bible?”