This is a disturbing post that needs to be written. Recently information came forward that deals with how James MacDonald allegedly killed deer at Camp Harvest in Michigan. In conjunction with other information from an Act Like Men book, this blog would like to ask a question, does James MacDonald take personal pleasure in killing animals? No one that I know who has been a hunter would act like James MacDonald has in allegedly killing an animal at point blank range.
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
“I don’t believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.”
“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
St Francis of Assisi
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
James 2: 18 NIV
When I was growing up in California I was deeply involved in the Boy Scouts. Today I am currently an Eagle Scout. One summer my troop went to Glacier Trails in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Honestly I wish you could have seen what I did late at night as a teenager. Laying on the ground staring at the sky. There was no light pollution and you could just watch satellites and shooting stars. It remains one of my favorite memories about my time in the Boy Scouts. There was another situation that happened at Glacier Trails that stood out for a long time. It was when I was involved in the killing of a rabbit and being taught about responsibility and respect for animals. At camp we had to kill a rabbit and then skin and turn it into stew. To this day I can recall the rabbit being held down and being killed. It was not easy to be a part of, it was hard and during and after it was being done we were taught to respect wildlife, animals and more. Abuse of animals was mentioned and the responsibility that hunters have was highlighted. Holding the rabbit and skinning it after just killing it was difficult because the remains were still warm. In breaking down the body a mistake was made and the bladder was accidentally hit and the meat was spoiled by the urine. When it was over with I walked away from the experience with a newfound respect for animals.
Another experience also stays with me as I think about hunting and killing of animals. I went to college in Montana. Montana is a sportsman’s paradise known for hunting and fishing. In the dorm I lived in college students had their rifles in a gun safe behind the front desk in the lobby. I knew plenty of people who hunted elk or other wildlife. One individual talked with me about the sport of hunting. The camaraderie that comes with going hunting together, and the concerns many shared for the forests and the wildlife. They had respect for the elk that they shot. One time a person on my dorm floor gave me some elk sausage. I tried it, but it was not to my liking. When hunting season opens in Montana you know. On the first day of hunting season many people take their child and head to the mountains and hunt. When you walk down the street you will see pickups in the drive way of a home, with a blood trail draining to the curb and neighborhood dogs circling the Chevy or Toyota pickup. In all my experiences with hunters and in being in the Boy Scouts what I witnessed was a consistent respect for animals and learning to be responsible with firearms. Its with that background that I learned something distressing and sick that relates to James MacDonald. It has to do with how James allegedly killed animals and the way in which he did in. Let’s look at this in more detail.
James MacDonald and the Shooting of Deer
On May 20, 2019 Julie Roys posted another article about James MacDonald and the ongoing Harvest Bible Chapel scandal. In the article a section talks about how James MacDonald liked to shoot deer. Bill Pease who worked as the property manager at Camp Harvest explained that James MacDonald took a gun and then go up to a deer (which likely was more domesticated than a deer in the wild) and while standing next to the animal he allegedly shot it at point blank range. He would continue to shoot until the gun was out of bullets. In another situation in 2008 according to Mike Hulburt James MacDonald shot deer repeatedly and, what sounds like, almost for fun. The deer were a “stinkin mess” with holes in their bodies, bellies, legs and hind quarters. You can read about these incidents in Julie Roys blog post, ” Chicago Radio Host & a Former Bodyguard Say James MacDonald Asked Them to Arrange Murders.”
James MacDonald on Killing in an Act Like Men Book
In addition to what Julie Roys wrote another story about James MacDonald and his killing of animals came up on Twitter. It was part of a book from the Act Like Men in which James MacDonald described how and why he enjoyed killing animals. In order to get away from difficult people James likes to take up hunting as a release. James explained in the book that he is not like a traditional hunter that waits for the animal so that he can take the shot. No…James just like likes to kill, according to what he wrote in a book. You can see the section of the book in the Tweets below.
Analysis and Closing Thoughts
I don’t have a problem with hunting. And I don’t have a problem with killing an animal. Up above I shared how I was involved in killing a rabbit at Boy Scout camp. But I do find James MacDonald’s descriptions about about killing animals deeply disturbing. James, it appears, seems to take pleasure in being the God of the animal. Standing next to or around and knowing that he has the power to take the animal’s life seems to excite him. What I would like to know is where did James shoot the animal? Did he stand at point blank range and allegedly aim the gun at the head of the deer? The chest or another part? I am not a trained psychologist but with this information I wonder how James MacDonald would score on the Global Assessment of Functioning. If a psychologist sat down with James MacDonald, what would he say? What would he be diagnosed as? But the fact that someone can stand next to an animal and kill it at point blank range is deeply disturbing. That leads to another question which needs to be raised, can James MacDonald elevate his violence? Can he point a gun at another person? Can he do something equally troubling? Its this blog’s belief that James MacDonald is a wannabe gangster and a very sick man. None of the people I knew in my life who who hunted or were involved in the killing of an animal did anything remotely close. This newest information allegedly raises mental health questions about James MacDonald. This was not an easy post to write it actually was quite troubling. But this explains the beliefs I have about MacDonald which comes from the new information from Julie Roys.