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PETA to protest Feeding the Hungry, Housing the Homeless, and Healing the Sick in Huntsville, AL

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 12, 2010

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was once a respectable group, not only for what they promoted, but for how they promoted, as well. Now, they’ve become a “fringe element” group, which at times has operated similarly to a terrorist organization. It’s no wonder that people have lost confidence in them and their ideals.

Tomorrow – Saturday, November 13, 2010 – PETA will demonstrate in Huntsville, Alabama at a church which has an outstanding name in the community for their many good works, not the least of which is their always-immensely successful, long-standing “LobsterFest.” This year’s Lobsterfest XVII at St. Thomas Episcopal promises to be no different – that is, it will be a sold-out success.

What is particularly disconcerting is that PETA, in their fringe element mentality, offers only negative criticism, despairing of the way they believe lobsters are treated, and would – I suppose – that they were returned to the ocean. Personally, I find it most queer that they don’t protest the lobstermen, nor the canneries, nor the shippers, nor anyone else involved in the chain. They offer no hope, only criticism. And PETA offers no hope for the people whom the proceeds of the sale of this food at Lobsterfest will assist – none whatsoever.

NONE.

Why?

Could it be they have no hope themselves?

Having received the following e-mail message regarding PETA’s plans, I want to pass it along to you all, and urge you everyone to

SUPPORT the WORTHY WORK

of

St. Thomas Episcopal’s LobsterFest

by

PURCHASING LOBSTER and RIBS!

Following the Pastor’s letter is the a Google Docs link for the protest permit granted by the City of Huntsville Police Department, and schedule for this year’s LobsterFest XVII.

Dear St. Thomas Family,

As most of you already know, PETA has engaged in an ongoing campaign against our LobsterFest.  This year they have applied for and received a permit to protest between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  I have attached the permit so that you may read for yourselves the parameters by which they must abide.

Though this is an unfortunate expression of protest against a cause that feeds, clothes and tends to the sick, poor and dying humans of the world, I will be the first to appreciate their right to this freedom.  As long as they abide by the law, I will respect their freedom to express themselves if they so choose.  We will expect the protestors to abide by the law and the police will assure that this happens.  We are sure to have yet another successful LobsterFest and I believe the best way to deal with these protestors is to not deal with them at all except in a manner that reflects our standing as children of God through Jesus Christ.

Keep selling those tickets and invite all of your friends…this will be the best LobsterFest ever!

Blessings,
Matt

Matthew Doss

Rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church12200 Bailey Cove Rd. Huntsville, AL  35803 www.StThomasHuntsville.org

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=13_dBbP0I_GBH1Q0jd6GMrgowGNdq17YSrs9p8OcSSyUoudaJnB3P86h88iS3&hl=en&authkey=CKz-mc8F

St. Thomas Episcopal Church will host it’s annual Lobsterfest on Saturday.  It’s happening from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the church on 12200 Bailey Cove Rd.

Lobster and barbeque dinners will be sold, and all proceeds go to Madison County Habitat for Humanity, First Stop for the Homeless, and Medical Missions in Latin America.

Other activities include:

Lobster & Barbeque: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Bake sale: 10 a.m. Until sold out

Silent auction: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Kids’ games: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Furniture sale: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Book sale: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Craft show: 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Live entertainment: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

StThomashHuntsville.org

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