In what analysts describe as a tightening of religious identity, the Adventist Church is contemplating adding a 29th Fundamental Belief (mandatory vegetarianism) to its existing 28.
"If all goes as planned, vegetarianism will no longer be optional for Adventists come mid-2015," said Jerry Brinckerhoff, GC Health Ministries Director. "We've been building up to this moment for over 150 years as a church, and I am proud that we are finally close to taking this momentous step."
Voting on whether or not to make vegetarianism mandatory will take place at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. The measure is likely to pass by a wide margin.
"We have always defined the cutting edge of healthy living as a movement and it is high time we took the bold step of returning completely to the diet of Eden," said Brinckherhoff. "This will separate real Adventists from FunVentists that are watering down our identity by sneaking chicken salads and sumptuous steaks into our church potlucks."
The Association of Adventist Book Centers has officially welcomed the news and has already reported a notable spike in its food products.
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