In early May, our headquarters received calls about a May 1 sermon given by Pastor Stephen Bishop at Main Street Christian Church in Russiaville, Indiana, titled "Finding Nemo." To quote Pastor Bishop's own Facebook page, "We had a mass execution of 200 feeder fish that I pulled out of a fish tank and then threw all over the floor. The kids were in shock and then started to pic (sic) them up and put them back into the fish tank. Obviously, most of them died in the effort…the point however was made that they cared more about .15 cent feeder fish then they do about their friends dying w/o Christ." When fish are removed from water, they begin to suffocate. Their gills often collapse, and their swim bladders can rupture. Numerous scientific reports from around the world confirm that fish feel pain. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow studied the pain receptors in fish and found that they were strikingly similar to those of mammals. Please contact Pastor Bishop and tell him that cruelty to animals is unacceptable. Emphasize that children should be taught to show mercy, love, kindness, and respect to others, regardless of how different from us they may look or seem. Ask him to deliver a sermon focused on showing compassion to all beings, human and nonhuman alike.Please send polite comments to:Pastor Stephen BishopMain Street Christian Church220 W. Main St.P.O. Box 155Russiaville, IN 46979765-883-5265 765-883-5260 (fax)firstname.lastname@example.org
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