Yielding further proof that liberals are godless, professors at that most left-leaning of universities are said to yearn for the days when equine steak was on the menu at the faculty club --- just like pagan Icelanders and Angles had a hard time giving up "the other red meat."
From today's NYT, an OpEd piece by Christa Weil:
The early church did not look happily on pagan practices in England and Iceland, where horse was consumed as part of religious ritual. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory II instructed the missionary Boniface to “tell them not to eat horses and impose severe punishments to who does it, because they are mean and evil.” The Christian prohibition against eating horse flesh (joining those already adopted by Jews and Muslims) held strong in Europe for centuries. It remains an underpinning to the British and American aversion to this day ...Weil talks about why -- outside of clique-building -- horse is difficult to make an ordinary meat (typically, she argues, it is a hardship food). She writes that "less charismatic" animals are easier to render edible, then observes:
Until the late 1970s, the Harvard Faculty Club served horse steaks as a regular menu item. The dish was abandoned only when the rerouting of Harvard Square traffic meant the delivery truck could no longer get through. A 1998 Harvard Crimson article on the history of the club states that “professors still recall the dish fondly.” As they would — its very oddity, even repulsiveness to the outside world reinforced their sense of being members of a unique and special tribe.
There are solid reasons to object to horse slaughter. But to imply that it is somehow un-American doesn’t go the distance. Americans have eaten it, even enjoyed it, though never so much to keep it coming in times of plenty, except at Harvard. Horsemeat has been a traditional hardship food. Those seeking to ban it in Congress would serve best by ensuring that we never miss it.Horse consumption has sometimes been discussed on this blog, especially in its relation to communal identity. Karl?