Hidden Taxidermy

At Burnley's Towneley Hall, the curators hide away in their rafters and attics the stuffed heads of hunted animals. These taxidermic trophies were once admired and cherished, visual tributes to some lordling's hunting prowess. Now we are ashamed of killing such beautiful creatures for sport and aristocratic entertainment. Fashions and tastes change.

Let us not assume that what society thinks is acceptable today, the future will endorse and celebrate. Our society murders children in the name of women’s rights. It allows living children to ‘change’ their gender for the sake of personal autonomy. It redefines marriage on the basis that biological attraction is sufficient for legitimisation and identity.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25