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Meet Matthew Scully, Paul Ryan's vegan speechwriter

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has tapped renowned speechwriter Matthew Scully to assist with campaign communications in the lead up to the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.
He's a Catholic vegan: Scully, who investigated meat-processing plants and factory farms during his stint in journalism, wrote a book arguing for the better treatment of animals called "Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and The Call to Mercy." A Catholic like Ryan, Scully believes that the Bible's injunction for man to "have dominion" over other species requires us to treat all living things with respect -- and extends that philosophy to personally abstain from eating meat.

"I used to walk with him through Lafayette Square, and I remember him feeding the squirrels," Frum, who shared an office with Scully at the White House, told TheDC. "He was very wry about it. You know, there's this famous joke about vegans, 'How do you know the vegan at the dinner party?' And the answer is 'Don't worry, they´┐Żll tell you.' But he was just wry and gentle and never made an issue of it."

But Scully's veganism, according to Frum, is shaped by a deep religious sensibility that precludes self-righteous proselytizing and the use of terms like "animal rights."

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