In light of the uproar that ensued after the decision by the Cincinnati Zoo to save the life of a child by shooting a gorilla, a South Carolina pastor was compelled to respond.
The pastor of Newspring Church, Perry Noble, posted a blog Tuesday in which he stated, “Americans have officially lost our freaking minds.”
The young boy climbed into the zoo’s gorilla exhibit Saturday and fell into a pit with Harambe, a 400-pound silverback. Zoo officials chose to kill the gorilla to rescue the child.
Many people were outraged about the incident. More than 300,000 people signed a petition demanding an investigation into the boys’ parents.
Noting that “human life was chosen over the gorilla,” Noble wrote that he believes hypocrisy is running rampant among those who signed this petition.
He went on to ask, “I wonder if the same 300,000 people have been equally bothered by Christians being beheaded/tortured in the Middle East? I wonder if the same 300,000 people were as upset when all of the dirt was exposed on Planned Parenthood?”
Noble admitted to feeling bad for the fate of the gorilla, but said, “I would argue that human life simply has more value.”
He quoted Genesis 1:27, which reads, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Noble ended his blog by saying, “Let me be very clear — this does NOT mean we can be cruel to animals (even cats)! However, it was very clear in this situation that a human life was at stake and when you consider that life against the feelings of some people who most likely never even saw the gorilla, putting the gorilla down, though tragic, was absolutely the right call.”
The petition to which Noble referred was nearing its goal of 500,000 signatures Wednesday.