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by Rory Freedman

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Don’t let your panties get in a bunch because I’m writing what seems like a “religious” blog.

Typically when people ask me what religion I am, I say “vegan,” because my decision to abstain from eating, wearing, and using animals has shaped me more than anything else in my life. And these principles have affected every aspect of my life, including my spirituality.

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One of the benefits of choosing veganism as my religion: I can make up all the rules myself. Obviously, rule number one is, “Don’t contribute to the suffering or deaths of any animals.” And rule number two is, “Adapt any practices from any other religions that you like.” I gotta tell you, I think I’m, like, such a genius for this. There are so many cool religions out there with so many beautiful practices. As a vegan, I get to enjoy all of ‘em without any limitations. And that’s how this little Freedman got into Lent.

To be honest, I don’t even know the real particulars of Lent. All I know is, for forty days people give something up or take something on. And I think any opportunity for self-improvement is great. Last year, I tried to give up swearing for Lent. Shit, that was hard. Here’s what I’m up to this year: