I'm just so over it. Started with the living together thread, and then I just made the horrible mistake of glancing at my cousin's Facebook page... dammit Lolo, you have her hidden for a reason!
Cousin is the insufferable born-again religious type (not that they all are, but she is). The type who believes her duty as a wife is to just lay there and be a breeding machine for her husband. No birth control whatsoever, including the phrase "I have a headache." Not allowed, shut your mouth and open your legs. This has led her to 8 pregnancies in 12 years (6 kids, 2 miscarriages). She doesn't work, and he rarely works, so she grows their food, including rabbits and chickens, in the yard.
Well they recently moved out to a bigger piece of land, and she's trying to get an actual farm off the ground. She asked today what the process was for slaughtering lambs according to Halal. (Apparently she's incapable of using teh Googles.) I told her it has to be done by a Muslim who invokes the name of God, the throat is slit for a quick death, allowing all the blood to drain, without cutting the spinal cord. Told her if she was considering this for her farm, she can't do the slaughter because she's Christian. She says no, someone approached her about just raising the lambs, to be slaughtered elsewhere and sold in a nearby, highly-Muslim town. And that she's no longer considering it because of what I told her. Oh, aren't you special. I added that the rules for just raising the lambs are quite humane - stipulations for giving the proper care, allowing them to breed, and live to a certain age before they're killed, and to die a dignified death. Still no. Someone chimes in "the name of Allah is invoked, not God."
Um I'm sorry, that's the same thing, different language. I believe there's one God, who different religions relate to and interpret differently. But even if it's not the same god, and they're praying to something you don't believe in, what difference does it make to you?? You're in SUCH desperate need of money but you'll turn it down because ew, Muslims?? Are you KIDDING me? She's made some other posts about not eating at restaurants that announce they're Halal, because she doesn't want to eat anything that was blessed in another religion. Just doesn't make sense to me. You can bless something in Klingon and believe it with everything in you, but it doesn't mean anything to me. Gimme the burger.