The following is from Bill Muehlenberg’s “Culture Watch.”
As with most things Islamic, there is woeful ignorance and misunderstanding in the general public as to what is actually going on. Many folks simply parrot what they are told from Islamic activists. For example, many think Islam means peace.
Well, no it does not. The word Islam mean submission, and that is what Islam is all about: every single person on planet earth submitting to Allah – or else. Not only does the word mean submission, but for 1400 years now we have had Islamic expansion resulting in the forced submission of non-Muslims.
The whole issue about halal foods is another great example of how most people are either fooled or clueless as to what is really going on. Halal foods are of course those foods which are acceptable to a Muslim, while haram foods are unacceptable.
And there is an entire process by which such foods are clearly identified as either halal or haram. But it does not end there. Big money is involved in the certification process, and where all this money ends up is the million dollar question.
Yet most folks just don’t get it. On another site a presumably educated and well-read person actually just said this about halal certification: “No money goes to Muslims. It is a certification, just like the heart foundation tick.” With such mind-numbing ignorance (or blatant disinformation), no wonder freedom and democracy are on the wane in the West while Islam is on the rise.
So it is vital that the public is fully informed about this tax – for that is what it is. And it is incumbent upon all of us to be aware of where all this money is going. The best place to begin is the website Halal Choices. This is the go-to place for any and all information on halal, at least in Australia.
A recent article by Paul Sheehan nicely summarises things, drawing heavily upon the work of Halal Choices. He writes:
The essence of halal is that any food is forbidden to Muslims if it includes blood, pork, alcohol, the flesh of carnivores or carrion, or comes from an animal which has not been slaughtered in the correct manner, which includes having its throat slit. Food labelled as halal invariably involves the payment of a fee. It does not extend to chocolate but Cadbury lists 71 products which are halal, ranging from Dairy Milk to Freddo frogs to Red Tulip chocolates. The website also states: “We do not have any kosher-certified products.”
“Cadbury also pay for halal certification on the Easter product range, even though Easter is a Christian celebration and nothing to do with Islam,” says Kirralie Smith, who runs a website called Halal Choices. The website lists 340 companies in Australia that pay for halal certification, including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Franklins, Kellogg’s, MasterFoods, Nestle and even Kraft’s Vegemite.
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