Amid the uproar over Planned Parenthood and their callous disregard for unborn babies, we should not be surprised at the topsy-turvy reaction to the trophy-hunting dentist whose life is now threatened because he shot and killed “Cecil the Lion.” The op-ed piece in The New York Times on August 4 by Goodwell Nzou noted that in his homeland Zimbabwe, the population views lions as “fearsome beasts” rather than beloved icons.
On Monday in the Dallas area, Kandy Standige was arrested for mistreating several dogs that she was (apparently) trying to “rescue.” One of her neighbors, while expressing some sympathy for Ms. Standige, commented that she should be punished because “Dogs are human too and they [need] to be taken care of” (CBS channel 11 – August 4, 2015). While we cannot condone the mistreatment of animals, we should be cautious of raising them to “human” status.
Perhaps it would be well for us to remember that the Devil is compared to a lion (1 Peter 5:8)—not to a dentist! It is a sad day when people get so mixed up about truth that they “call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
Dr. Henry M. Morris III
Statement posted on ICR.org August 6, 2015.