Dreher Column Lauds Christian-Raised Meat

Columnist Rod Dreher had a thought-provoking essay in yesterday’s Dallas Morning News about the importance of Lent. About how abstaining–in his case, from eating meat–for a certain period each year can be good for the soul, etc. At one point in the piece, though, he vows that after Lent is over and meat is back on his family’s table, “it will be meat raised by Christian small farmers in the Dallas area …” Huh? Who cares if the farmer that grows your food is Christian or Jewish or Muslim or–God forbid–atheist? Does it taste better if the farmer prays the rosary or speaks in tongues? Would Rod feel better if only Christians read his columns? Come on.


  • Puddin’Tane

    Holy Cow!!!!

  • You just can’t beat Jesus meat.

    I’m going to hell for that one, aren’t I?

  • Rod Dreher

    The Christian farmers, Glenn, are raising their animals for human consumption according to a higher ethical standard, based on their religious beliefs. If you are aware of Jewish, Muslim, atheist or Scientologist farmers providing clean meat and dairy products in the Dallas area, by all means let me know, and I’ll be pleased to give them my business. All the farmers I know around here who are farming this way are Christians, and are open about the reasons for choosing this method of farming coming straight from their religious beliefs.

  • The point is, you don’t have to share their religious beliefs to enjoy the meat they raise, but because they do take their faith so seriously, I believe I can trust the integrity of their product. As the old Hebrew National hotdog slogan used to say, “We answer to a higher authority.”

  • ToddJ

    The Bible’s all about being kind to animals, you know.

  • Lee, Dallas, Texas

    Glenn, you are right on target. I wonder about plumbers, mechanics, etc, who feel compelled to wear their religion on their sleeves by slogans, signs, etc on trucks and in advertisements. Did not Jesus talk about Pharisees who speak to much about their religion?

  • Jason

    What if the Christian farmer is unknowingly raising Muslim cows?

  • Tey

    I always thought that if the old testament had been written by Kinky Freidman, those sacrifices would’ve been written as barbeques.

  • jb

    I myself try to avoid Muslim Ham. However, I have had very good beef at some Hindu restaurants.

  • Bob

    Are the Jewish bulls circumsized? Do the Jewish lambs have a bar mitvah? If Rod wants to follow the precepts of the Bible (OLD Testament, where they talk about permitted foods) he needs to bone up on Glatt Kosher.

  • jb

    In fact this may be a good Business model, Mr. Dreher. I Think I may open the “Robert Tilton Farm and Dairy Co.”

  • Isn’t Rod’s description simply that, a description of the people he is patronizing. He’s made it clear in these comments that the faith of these people isn’t really critical to him.

    I agree with your general point Lee about people who use their religion as a point of promotion. I’ve always disliked the concept of ‘Christian’ yellow pages, business cards with religious emblems. It immediately puts me off.

    I don’t think that’s Rod’s point.

    I suppose one day, we’ll all really wish we paid more attention to whether our meat is prepared by small suppliers versus the huge slaughterhouses.

  • DM

    It appears to be a similar reason as to why some people choose Kosher foods. Not always religious – as they believe they’re production is held to a higher, more sanitary level.

  • Rod Dreher’s Beard

    While we know that Mr. Dreher prefers meat over fish, let us not forget his love of chicken.

  • DM

    Also, My apologies for my grammer & spellin today. I’ve taken too much cold medicine and have read too many Sandra Crenshaw posts.

  • david

    Sorry, Bob, but Christians are not held to Old Testament Law…Jesus freed us from it. The Apostle Paul laid it out very plainly in 1 Corinthians 10:23 – 33. Or, if you prefer to hear if from the Big Guy himself, Jesus addressed it in Mark 7:14.

  • MushMouth

    So david the Ten Commandments are null and void???

  • Amandax9362

    Below is a link to the Dallas Kosher organization. http://www.dallaskosher.org/
    go to Local Information. It shows local vendors with Kosher certificates. It goes from Milk to Peanut butter and in between.

    I applaud Rod’s decision to use small local farmers, I agree with Glenn that all small farmers need business regardless of religion.

  • I agree with Glenn that all small farmers need business regardless of religion.

    I do too; like I said, I’d like to know about any and all small farmers who raise meat and dairy in non-factory ways. I’d like to direct my food dollar their way.

  • SB

    Blacks make a special effort to support local black-owned businesses all the time. Hispanics do the same thing.

    But, if a white man or a Christian chooses to support local businesses that reflect their values, they are subject to ridicule.

    God, I love double standards.

  • Rod Dreher’s Beard

    Hey Roddy…

    Would you buy your meat from a gay christian?
    Do you dig the way me and you are becoming the Ann Coulter of Dallas?

  • david

    MushMouth, the 10 Commandments are neither null nor void. But Christians are not judged by the Law. It doesn’t mean we’re above it…but Jesus fulfilled the Law. If you really want to know what Jesus said were the 2 greatest commandments, check out Matthew 22:37-40.

  • jb

    Then if USDA is not good enough as a standard, which I might agree, there should be a difficult and high bar private certification process that any farm/dairy/slaughterhouse etc. should be able to obtain regardless of religion. Kobe Beef for example ensures a type of quality but does not mean the beef is up to some kind of Shinto standard. The point is ANY person can say they are “Christian” but it reflects nothing in terms of their product. Look at the minimal standards it takes to label something “organic”. I myself would love to purchase products form a “Catholic Dairy” but I’ve been to Mass and seen some people there that make me nervous about sanitation before dipping my fingers in holy water after some parishoners.

  • mh

    I sometimes see God when I have my beef jerky and Miller lite however, I doubt the sales clerk at the discount beer is Christian.

  • I think you should all leave your meat on the front passanger seat

  • Lucy Ann Freud

    Further proof the eating christian meat can stunt your growth. Vegans grow tall. Robert Reich eats christian beef by products.

  • brian

    Well I know you can certainly trust Christian politicians to uphold higher standards! Must be true of farmers as well!

  • Dave

    Actually, yes, it would matter if Jews or Muslims raised and processed my meat. I wouldn’t eat it, period.

    Wait… que the shouts of “bigot”…. wait for you to make a fool of yourself….. and now explain:

    Typically, we stun livestock before bleeding them to death in our slaughterhouses. This is humane and renders them unconscious while their necks are slit so they can bleed to death.

    However, Kosher (Jewish) and Halal (Muslim) cooking standards mandate that a livestock animal NOT be stunned (and therefore incapable of feeling pain) before the butcher shoves a knife up its throat and bleeds it to death. This is unbelievably cruel, and I would never buy meat that was killed in such an egregious manner.

    I’m not a bigot, I just generally oppose inhumanity.

  • Jason


    I’m an omnivore like yourself, but your phrasing of “we stun, so i’m better and not a bigot” is a bit offputting. If you truly opposed inhumanity, wouldn’t you be against the killing part? The how it was killed is fairly moot. If I said, I’m going to kill my next door neighbor slowly and painfully, that would be inhumane, but if I said I’d first lull him to sleep with a reading of Goodnight Moon, and then I’d beat him senseless with a frying pan, that wouldn’t be?

  • Nigel

    why stop with Christian meat? Rod should only shop at Christian-owned businesses!

    It would be easier if they could be more easily identified – while that “Christian fish” icon is well known, it might be easier to put a yellow Star Of David in the shopkeeper’s window. Oh wait, that’s been tried already .. in the 1940s. Never mind.

  • Neil


    Thank you for proving Godwin’s Law.



  • mike

    It is indeed a thought provoking article. I often buy higher priced meats, such as grain fed bison and I am thankful that I have sufficient income to do so. I would stop way short of demonizing factory farming though, the creation of a food supply that is cheap and plentiful is one of the most humane things we have accomplished as a country.

  • MIssing Dots

    Eliot Spitzer is in the meat packing business. So at least he has that going for him.

  • Marie

    If everyone just ate those lovely, delicious little handmade cakes, no one would have to eat that nasty, industrially produced bread.

    It’s really just a matter of taste, people, but well, frankly, what can we really expect of the working class? Pity.

  • Backer

    MushMouth and David – The 10 Commandments (Decalogue) are null and void for the Christian. The Apostle Paul tells us that if the Believer is allowing the Fruit of the Spirit (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control)to be alive in his heart, then in light of such things there is no need for the Law.
    David, your reference to Matthew is PRE-Cross and the audience Jesus was addressing were held to the Decalogue. The Gospel message changed Post-Cross. Reason? The Decalogue was given to show man he could not live up to it and therefore needed a Saviour. So, salvation in the Old Testament was based upon Faith – in the coming Saviour/Messiah. Salvation in the New Testament is based upon Faith – in the Risen Saviour/Messiah.

  • James

    Glenn, I’d listen to what Rod says about what is good and bad. He should know. He’s psychic.