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A Tasteless Food Product

HuFu logoThere are always those companies out there meeting needs that I not only don't have, but I would never have thought that anyone would want the product. The latest such product passes the bounds of decency in that HuFu now offers a tofu specially created to resemble the texture and taste of human flesh.

Developed by a business student at Dartmouth based on reading detailed accounts of eating human flesh, the company's president can't honestly say (we hope) that it tastes just like the real thing. The company's website says
If you've never had human flesh before, think of the taste and texture of beef, except a little sweeter in taste and a little softer in texture. Contrary to popular belief, people do not taste like pork or chicken.
Dartmouth Review denounced the product citing it as a particular example of
today's culture of multiculturalism and moral relativism, [where] we are increasingly reluctant to make judgments about ideas, practices, or pieces of art. Sure, they say, cannibalism might seem wrong to your hetero-normative, Judeo-Christian culture, but who are we to judge the Aztecs or the indigenous cultures of Papua New Guinea?
The Review is right, we can't get around our cultural bias on this one and don't need to do so. If the idea of eating human-flesh-like food bothers you, good. We humans were wired to be repulsed by the idea.

Where does the Bible weigh in on this? Did you know that Cannibalism does occur in scripture (see here). However, the practice is certainly not advocated. The best text to cite for this is Jesus' teaching that fits with a basic teaching throughout all cultures, often called the Golden Rule. Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." That easily rules out cannibalism.
Find more on the Golden Rule including examples from around the world in the sermon Love, Do Good, Bless and Pray.

As for Hufu, why try it? What good would come from discovering you've got a taste for the stuff?


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