“I ain’t fed him for days just for this video. He’s hungry as all get out,” Pastor Perry tells his audience. “Look how skinny he’s got now.”

When a preacher from Alabama posted a video to Facebook showing how he had starved his dog “for Jesus,” he ignited a media firestorm of condemnation. Pastor David Perry, from Selma, said he spent two days denying his dog food to prove a point. Local animal rights groups are saying, that no, the point is that you are breaking the law and abusing your dog.

Here’s the story from Patheos:

In Selma, Alabama this week, “Pastor Perry” (David Perry, a former gang member and convict, now pastor of New Selmont Baptist Church) is featured in a new ministry video for which he spent two days specifically preparing his pit bull “Cowboy.” Shared publicly on Facebook, the pastor states, “The Bible says we have dominion over things…”

How exactly does the pastor illustrate his lesson, you might ask? By deliberately starving his dog – for Jesus, of course.

Pastor Perry tells his audience, “I ain’t fed him for days just for this video. He’s hungry as all get out.”

Perry then goes on to paraphrase a fairly obscure portion of Isaiah 1:3 that is discussing the rebellion of Judah, “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib” before allowing his starving dog to eat one bite at a time, per his commands.

It is not all that surprising that Perry left out the last few words of Isaiah 1:3 in his lesson, “my people hath no intelligence.”

The Lesson? According to Perry, “Now if a dog can obey a man, surely… we should obey [God].” Or else what, exactly? I should point out – this isn’t a lesson in voluntary fasting, but a lesson in domination of others – using techniques once administered by slave owners. What does this object lesson say of your god, pastor? How did you train your own dog to be so obedient? Praise the Lord of fear and respect!

Of course, if you read your Bible, you’d understand where such ideas might originate: “The fear and terror of you will be felt by every animal on earth; on land, in the sky, even beneath the sea. They will all live under your dominion!” Genesis 9:2 (How convenient, eh?)

While I certainly applaud Perry’s change in life direction and efforts to harness his prior experience with gangs and prison to educate his community about youth violence, I also hope that the Alabama SPCA and the Selma, AL Police Department are able to use this video to do a little educating of their own. #SaveCowboy

THE REAL BIBLE LESSON: If you are able to use the Bible to justify the oppression and abuse of animals, women, blacks, gays, atheists, and anybody else you don’t like – well, you might need to think about how “good” the Good Book really is. Even if you don’t personally carry out these types of object lessons, just give a little thought to how many pastors and zealots justify so many bizarre actions with the Bible on a daily basis. Spoiler Alert: It’s shockingly easy to do.

Are you fed up with these nut-jobs using the Bible to justify all of their idiotic ways? Is it just us, or is it obvious that God wouldn’t want you to starve your animals, judge other people, or make it seem like you personally have all the answers?

The truth is that anyone with a thimble-full of sense recognizes this “pastor” doesn’t have a clue about compassion, charity, or humility… And for that reason, he’s unfit to shepherd others.

And he’s not going to be doing a whole bunch of preaching from behind prison walls. In an unrelated case, David Perry has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to the Selma Sheriff’s Department website.

What’s your take on “Pastor” Perry?