Mr. Pastor goes hunting!
Manuel Fetthauer is a Protestant theologian and passionate hunter!
Some of his parishioners wonder whether a pastor can really just put a rifle on to go hunting in the forest.
The Protestant theologian Manuel Fetthauer from Rhineland-Palatinate has a clear answer.
Manuel Fetthauer prefers to sit under a gnarled cherry tree, with a view of a small valley basin, deserted fields, and the edge of the forest.
Here in the Hintertaunus, he can switch off from everything that kept him busy during the day.
The Protestant pastor from Rhineland-Palatinate has a passion that one would not expect from a theologian: Whenever he has the time, he buckles his rifle on and goes hunting.
Anyone who wanders through their hunting grounds with Fetthauer quickly understands that there is someone who knows their way around nature.
The 32-year-old knows which bird calls can be heard and which paths the animals usually use.
“The forest is not in good shape,” he says. It is the third dry year in a row and many branches have dried up.
Red deer harm the trees says Mr. Pastor
In addition to the long drought, the numerous red deer also bothered the trees, he says.
The animals eat the buds of young plants or gnaw on the bark.
Fetthauer has already seen 200 red deer roaming past his hide in a single evening. Restoring the natural balance is also a kind of “creation mission” (!!!) for the hunted theologian.
Hunting opponents see it differently.
For example, the animal rights organization “PETA” has launched a “Christians for Animals” campaign, which specifically encourages believing people to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
The traditional annual Hubertus masses and hunter services are a thorn in the side of the critics.
The President of the German Animal Welfare Association, Thomas Schröder, accused the churches of justifying the “senseless killing of millions of animals under the guise of customs”.
Even St. Hubertus, the patron saint of hunters, has renounced the hunt, according to legend, after Christ spoke to him in the form of a stag.
Fetthauer likes many of the hunter’s customs.
He celebrates hunting services in November because they also appeal to the hunters’ sense of responsibility, as he says, and he also plays the hunting horn himself.
Of course, he knows the reservations about hunting.
He is annoyed by the cliché that hunters want to kill anything that moves because they want to kill.
“I don’t like killing an animal just to be dead,” he explains.
Experience nature and wilderness
Nevertheless, the pastor in his parish is occasionally asked how he thinks about the fifth commandment.
“You shouldn’t kill”, it says there – quite clearly at first glance.
But literally, the Bible does not speak of killing, but of murder (!!!)
When Fetthauer kills an animal, he tries to use as much of the game as possible.
He believes that anyone who eats meat themselves cannot actually be against the hunt.
To this day he is excited before every shot: “It is always clear to you that you are ending a life.”
In nine out of ten cases he drives back home with no prey anyway.
For him, hunting is much more than that, like experiencing nature and the wilderness in the middle of Germany (!!!)
“This is a magical moment,” whispers the pastor as he watches from the hide under the cherry tree as the sun sinks behind the hill.
The birds fall silent, apart from the rustling of the wind nothing can be heard.
The pastor has loaded his triplet ball and is always ready to hand in front of the seat.
But there are no animals in the harvested field, only a hare runs past, stops briefly in front of the raised hide, and then hops on.
No military equipment for hunting
“I am a country child and I want to stay that way,” says Fetthauer. To lead a parish as a pastor in the high-rise metropolis of Frankfurt, which so many of his fellow theology students dreamed of, would be his “downfall”, he speculates.
Even his grandfather was a hunter, as a little boy Fetthauer occasionally accompanied him when he laid bait with rabies vaccinations for foxes in the forest.
The interest in hunting himself only arose during his studies.
When it is getting darker in front of the raised hide, he takes out his thermal imaging camera to search the edge of the forest.
But using a riflescope with a night vision device would not occur to him.
He does not believe in upgrading the technology and going hunting with quasi-military equipment.
Suddenly something stirs at the edge of the forest.
A deer can hardly be seen with the naked eye. “If it were a male animal, I could shoot it, but not at a distance,” murmurs the pastor.
The potential prey, however, decides to keep running towards the rifle, turns around, and disappears into the darkness.
The confrontation between hunters and conservationists
Manuel Fetthauer is also critical of many developments in hunting and complains about the growing number of “black sheep”.
In the meantime, too many are out and about in the forests who are alien to the idea of nature conservation and who have completed their training in two-week express courses:
“They have a hunting license, but they’re not hunters,” he sighs. He finds the constant confrontation between hunters and conservationists superfluous: “Basically we have the same goal.” (!!!)
On this late summer evening in the Taunus, no more game can be seen. The pastor looks intensely into his thermal imaging camera one last time, then gives the signal to leave:
“There is nothing in the forest,” he says, “but at least we saw a rabbit.”
And I mean…One would assume that Pastor Fetthauer actually wanted to be a hunter, but has become a pastor.
Like all hunters, lies are in their blood.
“I don’t like killing an animal just to be dead”.
With this, he shows not only that he is a liar, but that he practices the fascist principle of the Lord over the life and death of other animals.
According to self-made morality, he has decided that the fifth commandment does not concern him at all, because he does not murder, he just kills!
Murder is punishable because it denotes the killing of human animals.
For species-specific reasons, non-human animals do not fall under the category of “murder” and that is why they can be killed!
The absurd belief that conservationists and hunters have the same goal only shows that Pastor Fetthauer did not understand both the fifth and the eighth commandment, namely
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.
Asshole! Thou shalt not kill.
My best regards to all, Venus