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Churchgoers Would Improve Sexual Health and Show Mercy to Animals, Says Group
For Immediate Release:April 4, 2012
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Cincinnati, Ohio -- While Christians across the country react—with varying
levels of enthusiasm—to Light of the World Ministries Pastor Mike Scruggs'
racy series of sermons about the importance of marital sex, PETA has fired off
a letter to the minister with a tip on how his congregants can really
jump-start their sex lives: by going vegan. As PETA explains in the letter—which
offers a free meatless candlelit dinner to congregant couples who go vegan for
three weeks as well as copies of PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit—vegans
are less prone to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters
are, and they often have more stamina, lower bodyweight, and a reduced risk of
sexual dysfunction. People who choose vegan meals are also following God's call
to mercy, as plant-based meals save animals from immense suffering on factory
farms, in slaughterhouses, and on the decks of fishing boats.
"Couples who go vegan amp up their passion for each
other and their compassion for God's creation," says PETA Associate
Director Christopher Holbein. "PETA hopes that Pastor Scruggs will turn
congregants on to the spiritual and sexual benefits of meat-free meals."
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA's letter to Pastor Scruggs follows.
April 4, 2012
The Reverend Mike ScruggsSenior PastorLight of the World Ministries
Dear Reverend Scruggs,
Congratulations on boldly bringing attention to the scarcity
of sexual relations in many American marriages. We agree that a healthy sex
life can be vital to a healthy married life. Perhaps you would be interested in
suggesting that your congregants join you and your wife in trying out a vegan
diet? Here's why: Vegans enjoy many health benefits from going meat- and
dairy-free, not least of which are the sexual side effects, including improved
stamina, lower body weight, and reduced risk of sexual dysfunction in men and
women alike. Vegan foods have none of the cholesterol or saturated animal fats,
which clog blood flow to all a person's vital organs, found in meat, eggs, and
dairy products. (I would be happy to send you free copies of our vegan starter
kit—also known as a "marriage jumpstart kit"—to distribute.)
Not only is adopting a vegan diet good for husbands and
wives, it's also good for animals. What happens on
today's industrialized meat and dairy farms is as far from romantic as anyone
can get: Piglets have their testicles cut off without being given any
painkillers, chickens and turkeys are bred to be so fat that their leg bones
splinter painfully, fish are suffocated or cut open while they're still alive
on the decks of fishing boats, and calves are taken away from their loving
mothers within hours of birth. Clearly, such abuse contradicts God's
call to mercy and stewardship. Jesus said, "Whatever you do to the least
of these, you do to me." The animals exploited by the meat, dairy, and egg
industries are truly the meekest among us, completely dependent on our
We'd love to work together with you to save marriages and
animals. If you, your wife, and 50 couples in your church agree to try a vegan
diet for just three weeks, we'd be happy to provide you with all the tips,
help, recipes, and more that you could wish for and give each couple a
romantic, candlelit meat-free dinner.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Christopher HolbeinAssociate Director
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