LAST week a tragedy occurred at Seaworld Orlando when Tilikum, known as Tilly, a 12,000lb killer whale, drowned his trainer, Dawn Brancheau.
Tilly, according to this report, had been involved in the death of two other people – in 1991 and 1999.
Now , some daft fundie called Bryan Fischer, writing on the American Family Association’s blog, claims that Brancheau’s death was the result of:
The ongoing failure of the West to take counsel on practical matters from the Scripture.
The fruitcake adds:
If the counsel of the Judeo-Christian tradition had been followed, Tillikum (sic) would have been put out of everyone’s misery back in 1991 and would not have had the opportunity to claim two more human lives.Says the ancient civil code of Israel, ‘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 liable.’ (Exodus 21:28)
So, your animal kills somebody, your moral responsibility is to put that animal to death. You have no moral culpability in the death, because you didn’t know the animal was going to go postal on somebody.
But, the Scripture soberly warns, if one of your animals kills a second time because you didn’t kill it after it claimed its first human victim, this time you die right along with your animal. To use the example from Exodus, if your ox kills a second time, ‘the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death.’ (Exodus 21:29)
Curiously, Fischer is not calling for the management of Seaworld Orlando to be put to death.
If I were the family of Dawn Brancheau, I’d sue the pants off SeaWorld for allowing this killer whale to kill again after they were well aware of its violent history.
Hat tip: Alan H