Dominion By Matthew Skully

Dominion By Matthew Skully
Dominion By Matthew Skully

Dominion By Matthew Skully

Dominion author and conservative Republican Matthew Scully writes from the perspective that God has given humanity the responsibility to protect and care for all creatures with empathy.

In doing so, he issues a scathing challenge to members of the Christian Right who love their dogs while turning a blind eye to the plight of factory-farmed animals:

“Go to the largest livestock operation, search out the darkest and tiniest stall or pen, single out the filthiest, most forlorn little lamb or pig or calf, and that is one of God’s creatures you’re looking at, morally indistinguishable from your beloved Fluffy or Frisky.”

Scully himself, however, isn’t blind to the peculiarity of being an outspoken animal welfare advocate:

“Talk like this in my conservative circles, and there’s no surer way to bring the conversation to a throat-clearing silence. For many of my friends, it has the scent of Far Eastern mysticism, some eerie New Age creed alien to their own moral outlook, not part of the Western tradition.”

At times, such as when he attended the 27th Annual Safari Club Convention — the high point of any big-game hunter’s year — the book reads like the memoir of a wartime spy infiltrating enemy lines. Yet the former speechwriter for George W. Bush was among his own kind, not enemies!

Scully sees past the morally superior facade of churchgoers. He points out God’s covenant with all living creatures and asks conservatives to choose love and mercy by defending animal rights.

“It is a terrible thing that religious people today can be so indifferent to the cruelty of the farms, shrugging it off as so much secular, animal rights foolishness. They above all should hear the call of mercy. They above all should have some kindness to spare.”

At its core, Dominion is his plea to for all of us, no matter our political persuasion, to have compassion on animals.

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