American Family Association: Tilikum should be stoned to death
Posted on the website of the American Family Association (AFA) on February 25, the day after the tragic death of Ms Brancheau, and seemingly receiving little publicity until now, a blog written by Bryan Fischer refers twice to Exodus, the second book of the Old Testament, when calling for Tilikum to be stoned to death.
The first reference is to Exodus 21:28, where it is stated:
When an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner shall not be liableand the second is to Exodus 21:29, which states that in the case of an ox killing for a second time:
the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to deathOr: Enraged blogger cites vengeful Judeo-Christian tradition
Maintaining that had "the counsel of the Judeo-Christian tradition ... been followed, Tillikum would have been put out of everyone's misery back in 1991" Bryan Fischer does not however suggest that the killer whale's owner should be "put to death" as the Book of Exodus would seem to allow. Instead, having asserted that the trainer's death should be chalked up to "animal rights insanity and to the ongoing failure of the West to take counsel on practical matters from the Scripture", he says
Personally, I think the whale should not be held in captivity for entertainment purposes.
So, I say don't stone him. Free him!