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PETA to Turn Church Into Christian Vegetarian Center?

Written by PETA | September 23, 2009
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Sarah Brown

When real-estate flipper Geoffrey King heard that a 101-year-old church in the struggling town of Cairo, Illinois, was going up for sale, he came up with a plan to benefit the community. King spent a year fixing up the church and then listed the building on eBay for $50,000.

His plan? Donate half the profits to build a pool for local kids.

The heartbreaking part? Nobody bid on the church.

Well, PETA knows a little something about compassion—so we’ve written to King and offered to rent the church until it sells. If he agrees, we’ll rename the church the “Praise Seitan Center” (because delicious wheat “meat” is truly heavenly) and use it to educate Cairo residents about how the Bible imparts a reverence for life—and a loving God could not help but be appalled by the way that animals are mistreated today. People can put Christian principles into practice three times a day, seven days a week, by eating healthy and humane vegetarian foods.

Our offer will help King save up funds for the Cairo pool and create a more kind community. I really hope he doesn’t let this opportunity pass by.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • Kurt K says:

    For once I am in complete agreement with Saucy. Except for the confused meating eating Christian part. If it was a random building it probably wouldn’t cause any controversy. But an old church? That is just asking for trouble.

  • Saucy says:

    It sounds like a lovely place Ev. I would love to visit if PETA buys the place and would be more then happy to give talks. However I am in agreement with others who find the pun particuliarly offensive. If you want to get through to someone you have to speak to them in their own language. I remember when I first spotted the advertisment on a tele booth in NYC I was beside myself rather stunned because of the simmiliarlity to the sound satan. If I had that reaction my guess is the meateating majority of confused Christians will be less kind. It took me about twenty walks around the block before I could laugh at it. Seitan is the most delicious wheat based product on the market. Very meaty. I haven’t tried preparing it at home yet. But now that I have departed NYC for the winter and no longer have access to the greatest vegan chefs in the world I miss you Blossom I miss you Candle 79 I will. Trying to appeal to a Christian audience with the name Heil Seitan is like trying to appeal to a PETA staffer by sending them a dead rabbit……….Really bad idea.

  • Elphaba says:

    Since the good folks in Cairo pronounce the name of their town Karo like the syrup seriously maybe they’ll think the correct pronunciation of seitan is cytan. Problem solved!

  • Ev says:

    I live in Cairo. In fact I live a couple of houses down from the church under discussion. It’s a beautiful old church with lots of stained glass and wellkept brick and woodwork and it’s a shame to see it go to waste. But Cairo is a town that’s so depressed that people consider themselves lucky when they can afford meat. It’s not a place that’s going to be receptive to learning to be sensitive to the humane treatment of animals until our city’s children can grow up safely find decent jobs and live secure lives. After People for the Ethical Treatment of Cairo arrives Cairoites might be more amenable to the needs of livestock.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Vegetarian Christians. John WesleyMethodist Leader William BoothSalvation Army Ellen G. WhiteSeventh Day Adventist. Albert SchweitzerLutheran Leo TolstoyNo Affiliation. Cesar Chavez Hispanic Catholic. Andrew LinzeyBritish Anglican

  • Wade says:

    Religion is just as idiotic and senseless as factory farming and meat eating. We should have evolved out of both of these things.

  • Jim Maurer says:

    I agree with others that the name will not go over very well with a lot of christians. If these are the people that you wish to target and with to influence you should pick a name that will not offend them right off the bat. You’ll just get them more pissed off at you.

  • Bobby says:

    i love this! i really feel that this will help Christians in that area to see that eating and wearing animals that have been treated in various ways is not right and isnt in God’s will.. Keep on keeping on PETA!

  • Frances says:

    I think it’s a great idea! If Christians like myself would understand the impact that factory farming and animal suffering has had it would change the world. I love the pun with the name but would worry that people wouldn’t get it and it would detract from the message.

  • Barbara says:

    Praise Seitan yes very ironic. But I think it will only anger and alienate Christians who might be inclined to become vegetarians etc. Sorry but “praise seitan” is kind of like when idiots trot out the old “PETA people eating tasty animals”. i.e. NOT very original. And NOT likely to further the cause. Why not just rent it out wa more appropriate name? Like “All Gods Creatures” or something like that?

  • Carly says:

    I think it’s a great idea. It would be an awesome place for people to go and learn about compassion towards animals.

  • emma says:

    I agree with aneliese i think the money would be better spent trying to tackle the fur or vivisection industry or to help benefit animals in need i think if people are going to take the pledge to be meat free then its something they have to do themselves i carnt really see a church doing much good to change meat eaters minds Animals out there need this money and time a lot more.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Do you need a minister?

  • Rebecca Johnson says:

    The idea is good but that name is a terrible idea…they will wind up alienating a lot of potential supporters. Many conservativechristian and other religious folk are already somewhat put off by Peta’s adds and demonstrations that are not exactly family friendlyI really do not understand why it seems like peta completely ignores the fact that having conservative folk who make up a significant part of any population supporting peta would be a good thing. I myself am a fairly conservative christian but I support peta because I believe in the cause. However I personally don’t like the way that many of peta’s campaigns are done. A church that has been named “Praise Seitan” will only attract people who don’t have much respect for religious beliefs and it will just make religious people in the area think that peta is an antireligious organization.

  • Lacey Matthews says:

    Um Kurt I think it’s supposed to be a pun.

  • Aneliese says:

    No offence but I would rather see PETA donate money to a more animal centered cause.

  • Kurt K says:

    How do you pronounce “Seitan”? It Seems a little too close to “Satan” to be renaming a church.

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