Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

One should never discuss religion at the dinner table.

A recent advertisement from Meat and Livestock Australia, a meat industry association, portrays a banquet table where prophets, gods and goddesses of various religious groups, including Jesus, Moses and Buddha, are feasting on Australian lamb.

At the end of the meal, the Hindu god Ganesh, who has the head of an elephant, proposes a toast to lamb, “the meat we can all eat.”

Unfortunately, Ganesh is a vegetarian, forcing Hindus (and many others) to cry fowl.

Here’s My Take: The image of gods and goddesses sharing a meal has a certain appeal for those of us living on the inclusive side of life. Inclusivity, in addition to respect, also requires living with a certain amount of humor.

At the banquet, L. Ron Hubbard turns and asks Kuan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of compassion, “Have you ever considered Scientology?”

“Ron, Ron,” chides Moses, “let’s not get into religion at the table.”

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