There is a certain website that I visit each day to get what it calls “alternative news.” The news comes from a wide range of offbeat topics: new archaeological findings, experiments scientists are currently conducting, recent sightings of Bigfoot, etc., etc., etc. Obviously, the information isn’t stuff that ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, or CNN would cover. That’s not to say, though, that it isn’t interesting. It’s just not mainstream. Each news story gives you a brief snippet of the facts. Then you are offered a link to the site that has the entire story if you want to read more. (By the way, I do also visit Yahoo News and MSN News daily and watch my local news just so that I don’t build my world completely around alternative news. I don’t want you worrying about me too much!)
Today one of the alternative news articles carried the heading “Germany To Ban Sex With Animals.” Well, curiosity got the best of me and I clicked on the link. You just have to follow up on a headline like that, don’t you? The link ran me to an outfit called Spiegel Online International, and from all indications the story is legit. It seems that Germany is now planning to ban “zoophilia” (sex with animals). That word itself was a new one on me. When did it replace “bestiality”? Anyway, according to the story, zoophilia was legalized in Germany in 1969. Ever since then, animal rights groups have been pushing to make the act a crime. Now the German government is ready to heed their demands and start levying fines of up to 25,000 euros ($32,400 U.S. dollars) for each case of zoophilia.
Now, one would think that passing such a law would be perfectly logical and acceptable to everybody. I mean, it’s a no-brainer, right? But hold on a minute, the law’s proposal has the Germans who practice zoophilia all upset. Okay, how many such people could there be? Five? Twenty? Fifty? Would you believe that one estimate puts the number at over 100,000? Admittedly, that estimate is probably dicey. Since people aren’t exactly lining up to admit that they engage in zoophilia, any attempt at creating an accurate estimate is patently impossible.
Nevertheless, though, it seems that Germany does have a fairly large number of people who practice zoophilia. I say that because they’ve formed a group called ZETA (Zoophile Engagement For Tolerance & Information). To me that would make their initials ZETAI, but I’ll let that go because these folks have far bigger problems. The group’s chairman, Michael Kiok, says, “We see animals as partners and not as a means of gratification. We don’t force them to do anything.” I guess the fact that animals can’t speak helps with that. For the record, Kiok lives with an Alsatian dog named Cessie and says that he has had special feelings for animals since he was four or five and those feelings took on erotic elements in his teens.
The article then goes on to explain that zoophilia has been banned in several European countries, including France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Sweden is currently preparing such a ban as well. However, the practice is still legal in Denmark and, at least for now, Germany. Wow, I had no idea that all of Europe was grappling with the issue of zoophilia. What things you can learn by reading alternative news!
As I read that story, however, I just kept thinking how relevant the Bible is forevermore. We don’t have to wonder about God’s opinion of zoophilia (bestiality) because it’s right there in the book. You see, such sexual perversion was common practice among the inhabitants of Canaan, the land that God gave to Israel. That left God with the perfect opening to address the sin in that body of law that He imparted to Israel. In Leviticus 18:23, we read:
Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion.
Under Israelite law, the act was even a capital punishment offense. Exodus 22:19 says:
Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death.
Furthermore, according to Leviticus 20:15-16, the animal was also supposed to be put to death:
If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.
And then there is Deuteronomy 27:21, which says:
‘Cursed is the one who lies with any kind of animal.’ “And all the people shall say, “Amen.'”
Of course, any passage from the Old Testament law must always come with the codicil that we don’t live under that law. The law was given to a specific people (the Jews) who lived in a specific dispensation of centuries (after the Exodus from Egypt and before the coming of Jesus). So please don’t accuse me of advocating the killing of those who engage in zoophilia. I’m simply pointing out that by studying God’s law we can get His verdict on certain subjects. One of those subjects is zoophilia (bestiality), and He is clearly opposed to it. But isn’t it sad how, even after all these years of human history have passed, mankind still loves to commit history’s same old sins? It reminds me of another Bible passage, Ecclesiastes 1:9-10:
That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.