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Is veganism a religion?

Here is an interesting article I just read:

http://alturl.com/2fgr

It states that vegans should be protected by law same as people with religious beliefs.  I actually agree, I don't think it is right for somebody to be discriminated against because they are vegan but if you think about it, vegans are very much discrimated against.  It is a meat-eaters world.  Now that I think about it, I think every restaurant should be required to have at least one vegan item on their menu.  Why not? 

I found several definitions of "religion".  The term isn't clear cut.  If the definition involves the belief in a higher power, then wouldn't that make buddism NOT a religion when it is considered one? 

Here is the definitions (from dictionary.com)
1.a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2.a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
3.the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
4.the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
5.the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
6.something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.

By most of these definitions, would veganism be considered a religion?

Should veganism be considered a religion?  Your thoughts?

Buddhism does indeed involve a higher power. It's just not an omnipotent, omnicient being that they believe in. The higher power is reality... but I digress.

I really can't agree here. Veganism is many things: An ethos, a philosophy, a discipline, an outlook, a perspective, an insight... but in and of itself, it is not a religion. Veganism can be followed religiously, can be a result of religion, or even the start of religiousity. However it lacks one common trait that is pointed out in the 1st definition.

Veganism says nothing about the nature of existence ot the universe. People can be vegan for many reasons (health, ethics, etc.) but there is no unifying theory about what veganism says about the universe.

It is for that reason, that I do not think places should be required to have vegan options. Veganism is a personal choice. Not something that should be forced on others. We reward places that cater to our perspective, we are enriched by our quest. We should not put the rights of others behind our convenience.

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no i don't think so... it is more of a lifestyle... plus veganism isn't trying to explain the beginnings of life or anything but i do see what you're trying to say in that it is:

2.a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons
3.the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices
6.something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience

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If all restaurants were forced to have vegan items, then veg restaurants should also be forced to have meat items. You can't really lay down the law in a case like this. if you do, you give up personal freedom and choice.

Not a religion, just a belief system.

I'll never forget the "fight" I had with 7 in an abortion thread that turned into her saying that McDonald's should be FORCED to close down by the govt. I totally disagree. I think it would be better if they closed because no one was giving them business anymore. 

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Also, you don't see places offering kosher meals.  That is just too much to regulate.  And no, I don't think veganism is (or should be classified as) a religion.

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i don't think restaurants should be forced to have vegan food but i do think they should be forced to disclose the ingredients they use... i hate how they act like it's a secret or something... i should be allowed to know exactly what i'm consuming... they should have to have an ingredient listing for all their products on hand

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i don't think restaurants should be forced to have vegan food but i do think they should be forced to disclose the ingredients they use... i hate how they act like it's a secret or something... i should be allowed to know exactly what i'm consuming... they should have to have an ingredient listing for all their products on hand

^ This I am all for.

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all religion is harmful and destructive to society... so i say no... veganism is not a religion.

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all religion is harmful and destructive to society... so i say no... veganism is not a religion.

No, you're confusing religion with moral absolutism.

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all religion is harmful and destructive to society... so i say no... veganism is not a religion.

no i don't believe so, it is the people that act out in the name of religion that are destructive to society, not religion itself

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Also, you don't see places offering kosher meals.  That is just too much to regulate.  And no, I don't think veganism is (or should be classified as) a religion.

There are kosher restaurants in some places. But if you regulate something like this, then they would be forced to offer nonkosher food too. Which would defeat the purpose of a "special cusine" restaurant of any kind. It's kind of like what L2A said here:

If all restaurants were forced to have vegan items, then veg restaurants should also be forced to have meat items. You can't really lay down the law in a case like this. if you do, you give up personal freedom and choice.

It's about the right to choose. Though I think a lot of omnis would be shocked to death to realise what goes into their food, particularly in fast-food places.

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all religion is harmful and destructive to society... so i say no... veganism is not a religion.

no i don't believe so, it is the people that act out in the name of religion that are destructive to society, not religion itself

same difference.  they wouldn't be that way if it weren't for the religion.

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all religion is harmful and destructive to society... so i say no... veganism is not a religion.

no i don't believe so, it is the people that act out in the name of religion that are destructive to society, not religion itself

same difference.  they wouldn't be that way if it weren't for the religion.

crazy people are crazy people... they are just looking for something to blame their craziness on... why do you hate religion so much? it's not that bad, i promise :)

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all religion is harmful and destructive to society... so i say no... veganism is not a religion.

no i don't believe so, it is the people that act out in the name of religion that are destructive to society, not religion itself

same difference.  they wouldn't be that way if it weren't for the religion.

People use all sorts of causes as justification for violence and other offensive behaviour.  That doesn't make any of those causes bad. 

Veganism is not a religion.  Start browsing the profiles around here, and you will see that we come from many different religions and backgrounds and are vegan for various reasons. 

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all religion is harmful and destructive to society... so i say no... veganism is not a religion.

no i don't believe so, it is the people that act out in the name of religion that are destructive to society, not religion itself

same difference.  they wouldn't be that way if it weren't for the religion.

crazy people are crazy people... they are just looking for something to blame their craziness on... why do you hate religion so much? it's not that bad, i promise :)

i despise practically all religions because they have done nothing but brought us war and death since the beginning of time.  religion will end our species before anything else does.

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all religion is harmful and destructive to society... so i say no... veganism is not a religion.

no i don't believe so, it is the people that act out in the name of religion that are destructive to society, not religion itself

same difference.  they wouldn't be that way if it weren't for the religion.

crazy people are crazy people... they are just looking for something to blame their craziness on... why do you hate religion so much? it's not that bad, i promise :)

i despise practically all religions because they have done nothing but brought us war and death since the beginning of time.  religion will end our species before anything else does.

Please read, 'The Case For God' by Karen Armstrong, and then return to this arguement. You will find thoroughly detailed and footnoted information about how religion has shaped human thought as we know it. How philosophy, science and technology have all benefitted from its presence.

You can also learn ways it has gone horribly wrong. You're making some brash and ridiculous overstatements without providing any facts or evidence to back up your assertions.

Believe me, human nature would find reasons for war and death even without religion.

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please dood... i have a minor in biblical studies.  i went to a private christian college... i can talk apologetics with you until we both wanna die.  i'm not trying to convince anyone of anything. 

why do you think we're in iraq?  religion.  why are we in afghanastan?  religion.  spanish inquisition?  religion.

death death death.  all in the name of religion.

wanna read a good book?  god is not great.

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please dood... i have a minor in biblical studies.  i went to a private christian college... i can talk apologetics with you until we both wanna die.  i'm not trying to convince anyone of anything. 

why do you think we're in iraq?  religion.  why are we in afghanastan?  religion.  spanish inquisition?  religion.

death death death.  all in the name of religion.

wanna read a good book?  god is not great.

Wait, wait, wait... Iraq was religion? Not an attempt to create a private oil cache with favorable diplomatic ties? A new attempt at imperialism? A botched experiment in unrestrained capitalistic avarice?

I remember a lot of B.S. arguements for Iraq, but a holy war was not one of them. Using your standards, we could site oxygen as the reason for all wars, because it was present in some form for all of them...

Your rush to lump all religion as evil makes you just as bad as a religious person rushing to lump all people who disagree with them as sinners. All I'm saying is that you may need to reconsider and refine your very broad arguement, here.

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W's the one who said that prayer (or god - can't remember the exact quote) was a part of his foreign policy...  ;)b

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W's the one who said that prayer (or god - can't remember the exact quote) was a part of his foreign policy...  ;)b

That does not make it a holy war. Einstein believed in God. Does that constitute evidence for Intelligent design? W also choked on a pretzel. Could his hatred of salty snacks played a part int he war? Almost everyone thanks God after recieving a Grammy. Does that make all of those songs Gospel music?

The logic you're using here is tenuous at best. What about non-western religion? I'm not sure how many Taoist wars have been fought.

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W's the one who said that prayer (or god - can't remember the exact quote) was a part of his foreign policy...  ;)b

the way you over simplify and lump groups together amazes me

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