Peta delivered yet another slap in the face to anyone with any moral compass whatsoever Thursday.
In Vienna, a "row", as it was defined by the news, broke out over plans by PETA to symbolically crucify three animal rights activists wearing animal masks on Good Friday outside of Vienna's St.Stephen's Cathedral.
PETA said the activists would have been suspended from crosses with crowns of thorns on their heads. The slogan of the protest would be, "We suffer and die for your sins of nourishment."
Doesn't exactly make you want to run out and convert to veganism, does it?
PETA said its aim was to catch the attention of consumers who ignored the suffering of animals.
Head of Vienna's central 1st district, conservative People's Party (VP)
politician Ursula Stenzel, condemned the plan.
Her office spokesperson Angelika Mayrhofer-Battlogg spoke of
"mockery of a religious community on one of the most important days
of the Christians".
"The action would be more blasphemy than animal protection."
The Archdiocese of Vienna said: "It's a completely unacceptable
falsification of the religious dimension of Good Friday."
As well-intentioned as the animal protectionist might be, the crucifixion
of Jesus Christ was not suited "to transport secondary messages".
Let's stop right there, shall we? This was not to be a well-intentioned protest. These folks knew what they were doing was inflammatory and highly offensive. They were attention-grabbing, and using a group who they knew would turn the other cheek! Imagine if it were Mohammed up there...There would have been a heck of a lot more than a "row."
I used to think of PETA as just a bunch of college-aged nut jobs. Not anymore!