Ok, I haven’t done a silly post in a long time. Given that I haven’t been posting every day I have not felt in danger of taking myself too seriously, but I should stay committed to my policy of regular silly posting none-the-less. I guess the real danger of taking yourself too seriously is when you think you are not in danger!
So, my silly post this week is about my idea to stage a protest outside of Red Lobster! We could make signs, form a picket line, stamp back and forth yelling slogans. It could even be a nationwide Red Lobster boycott that could make for silly nationwide news coverage!
Why am I picking on Red Lobster? What have they done? Violated workers rights or paid their employees paltry wages like McDonalds? Served french fries with 19 ingredients like McDonalds? Why am I not calling for a boycott of McDonalds instead??
Well, it’s biblical.
The bible says that shellfish are an abomination! In fact, it says so 7 times, so it must be like a really bad abomination! So, that is why I’m asking the question (despite the fact that I don’t believe hell exists, that happiness is inevitable for all living things, including lobsters, and that in the end Love always wins): Are lobsters going to hell?
Leviticus 11:10 says “Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.”
I’m not really clear if this means that those who eat lobsters are going to hell or that the lobsters themselves are going to hell, but someone sure is going to hell and it definitely means we should stage protests outside of Red Lobster! Right?
I always think of this when I see people protesting Equal Rights for LGBTQ persons on the basis of the bible. I want to join them with signs saying “Lobsters are Going to Hell!” and “Poly-Cotton Blends are Sinful!” and “Stop Women from Braiding Their Hair NOW!” (Yes, Leviticus also bans wearing cloth “of two kinds of material mixed together” and women braiding their hair or wearing gold, pearls or costly garments.)
In looking up Leviticus verses for this post I actually came across a website called God Hates Shrimp. I was relieved to find out that the site was in fact a parody, pointing out just the sort of thing that my Red Lobster boycott aims to – that to pick and choose which bible verses to plaster on neon green poster board is hypocritical at best, bigoted and hateful at worst.
The blog 11 points put together a list of 11 things that are banned in the bible that we do anyway, and no one thinks a thing about it. And there are much more than 11 things – and not all of them are silly. Along with the rules stating how many camels should be given in dowry to the husband’s family, how many chickens should be given to the rabbi after each woman’s menstrual cycle before she may enter the temple again and how a man may not harm the edges of his beard, the bible also calls for stonings and all kinds of barbaric punishments for relatively minor offenses and endorses slavery, as long as the slaves are foreigners.
Personally, I believe more in tuning in to the Living Word of God that resides in our hearts and tells us what is right, what is loving and what brings us closer to Christ or Krishna, but for an alternate use of bible verses – here is a list of 15 bible verses that support LGBTQ Equality!
So, in a typical self-contradiction, and in a typical silly post turning social justice, I have changed my mind and instead of boycotting Red Lobster, I call for Lobster Rights! Lobsters and Shrimp Unite! Take a stand for your worthiness in the eyes of the Lord! In my heart of hearts I know, God Loves Lobsters, too!
In the absence of a Lobster Rights Campaign, please consider helping Human Rights Campaign in their fight for equality!