Stephen's comments on Bible-based diet
We'd like to thank WLIR reader, Stephen, for sharing his first hand experience of attending this meeting and and what it means to be raw in a predominantly christian community:
I was in attendance at this "Bible Based" raw food meeting last Saturday. I was surprised to see there was a newspaper write up of it. I went as a member of the Nashville Raw food meetup, but most of the people there were not from that group. I think most of the people had heard about it from churches and whatnot, and the way the meeting was conducted made me very uncomfortable. We had to pray over the food in a very christian way, and the insistance that eating raw food because the bible says so is just ridiculous to me. Eating raw food is good for you, yes... but the bible doesn't say anything about it. The bible talks about BREAD, fish, locusts, honey...
Since moving to Nashville and discovering the raw food community here is predominantly christian, I have found myself in a strange position.
I am not religious at all whereas most of these people are, yet raw food is important to all of us and we need to support each other. In fact, my best raw friend here is a wonderful christian woman... however, she has never made me feel uncomfortable like I felt at this potluck(which was not advertised as a "bible based" food gathering to our raw food group. I just thought it was going to be a normal raw potluck). So, a challenge to community building as it is that raw foodists seem to either be ultra progressive yoga types or fundamentalist christians, I think it is probably good for all of us to try and forge relationships with people of different mindsets and work together in ways that we can.
However, I don't think I will be attending any more potlucks held at Brenda Lee's center. Aside from the pushy christian agenda, she also is a very aggressive business woman. She was trying to plug all of her colonic services and bottles of supplements to no end. She also has a chef that will made food for cost if people don't want to bring something. So her chef made a big brocoli/raisin salad. After not being able to figure out what kind of raw nut butter the dressing was made out of, I asked him... and he told me it was Nayonaise! I thought it was safe to assume things made by the chef at a so called raw retreat center would be raw, but apparantly not. And then they either threw away all the leftovers or stole them(and there were lots) when we were listening to the lecture, which was the one saving grace of the day because the guest speaker was wonderful. Then they had the nerve to expect us to act appreciative for washing and drying all the tupperware after the y threw away or stole all the leftovers.
I'm sorry vent so much about my experience here, but even after ranting to all my friends about it for the last few days, I am still not over it. I am not normally the type to dwell on the negative, but I just had such a bad experience at this potluck, and it drives me crazy that all the reviews for it in that newspaper article and on the raw meetup site have been glowingly positive except for mine and one other who was also offended by the christian agenda pushing.
On a positive note, I LOVE this blog!!! It's fabulous!