How Muslim Azerbaijan had satire years before Charlie Hebdo
What an interesting article!
It tells the story of a satirical magazine published in Tbilisi a century ago, using satirical cartoons to promote women’s equality, individual rights and secularism…
The other day, someone asked me a most interesting question (and, I am paraphrasing heavily):
“If you could wave a magic wand and do one single thing to prevent the loss of our liberties due to Sharia laws creeping into our society, what would it be?”
Without much difficulty, I answered: “Stop Halal food!”
Well, my questioner had thought I had gone off my rocker. “You mean to say that with all that is happening, Halal food is your biggest concern? If they had their way, you’d be wearing a burqa, and all you would waste your one wish on Halal?”
My answer was a most enthusiastic ‘YES!!! But – it would NOT be a waste!” And I proceeded to explain. Unfortunately, my explanation had been cut short by the circumstances, so, please, let me complete it here.
First and foremost, I’d like to stress that under Sharia, Islamic jurisprudence, Muslims who live in a non-Muslim land – a country which is not governed by Sharia – are NOT required to eat Halal.
To the contrary: if Halal food is not available, too difficult to obtain, or (and this is an important one) if maintaining Halal diet would disadvantage Muslims with respect to the Kafirs, then they are permitted to eat non-Halal food. Allah is most forgiving and if no transgression was intended, then none is incurred.
In addition, if it were to give them an advantage in dealings with the Kafirs, then Muslims are permitted to drink alcohol, eat pork or do anything else that is generally taboo in Islam: if they are doing it to further the long term goal of spreading Islam, then all is permitted.
Please, do not take my word for it – look it up for yourselves! The rulings by Islamic authorities on this are numerous and unanimously in agreement with what I wrote. Rather than be accused of ‘cherry picking’ my evidence by supplying one or two links, I urge you to check for yourself any Sharia authority of your choice: it will confirm my statement.
Having established why consuming Halal food, especially Halal-slaughtered meat, is not obligatory for our Western Muslims, let me explain why permitting Halal food into our food supply undermines our society.
Yes, it undermines our society, in no uncertain terms. In this, it is very different from Kosher food…
In order to explain this, I must first explain the relationship between Muslims and Kafirs (Kuffurs) under Sharia.
Under Sharia, all non-Muslims are Kafirs. Usually translated as ‘unbeliever’ – an emotionally neutral word, the term ‘Kafir’, as used by Muslims, is anything but a ‘neutral term’. It is a slur with, if possible, even more hate coiled up in it that ‘nigger’, ‘cracker’ and ‘twat’ rolled into one.
Much like some Christians believe that each and every human ‘knows’ Jesus is Christ and Saviour, that atheist also know this but are willfully pretending not to because they wish to sin and/or be evil, so Islam teaches that each and every human being is born a perfect Muslim, with full knowledge and understanding that Allah is the one and only God and the Muhammad is his prophet and that those of us who are not Muslims – are Kafirs – are willfully lying to ourselves and others when we deny Allah and Mohammed and that we are doing it because we are evil.
Thus, the word ‘Kafir’ implies an evil, willfully lying and deceiving person. The Koran itself tells us that the Kafir is the vilest of all the creatures and warns Muslims not to trust them, take them as friends or even associate with them more than absolutely necessary. And those are the ‘mild’ verses of the Koran – other verses make the full extermination of all Kafirs a religious duty for all Muslims.
But, let us get back to how this perception of Kafirs relates to Halal food.
There is an Islamic doctrine of ‘najis’ – ‘unclean’.
Many things are unclean: pigs, dogs, and – yes, Kafirs. If a Kafir touches a piece of food, they pollute it, making it no longer Halal.
Yet, some Kuffurs are slightly less unclean than others. Christians and Jews are slightly less ‘unclean’ than the rest of us and therefor it is permitted for them to work on Halal food: provided that they are only doing the most menial tasks and are directly and at all times watched and supervised by a Muslim.
This has some very important implications for our society.
Only Muslims, Christians and Jews may work in food production, transportation, preparation and sales.
If a Sikh, a Hindu, an atheist or another Kafir works as a waiter who carries a dish from the kitchen to the table, that food has become contaminated and is no longer Halal.
If a school cafeteria food is served by a Buddhist or a Wiccan or an agnostic, that food would no longer be Halal.
If a nurse who injects a child with a vaccine is a Taoist or a Druid, that vaccine is no longer Halal.
If a truck driver who hauls meat from the slaughter house to the supermarkets is a Zoroastrian or Confucian, that meat is no longer Halal.
You see how this would undermine the rule of law? Specifically the laws that forbid employers to discriminate against their employees on the basis of religion?
How can you have employment equity if only Muslims may have a supervisory role in your food supply and only Muslims, Christians and Jews are eligible to work in the whole field?
And it will not be just limited to the ‘Halal’ food market: we have seen this in country after country after country! It is so difficult for companies in the food industry to obtain and maintain ‘Halal’ certification if only one part of their operation is dedicated to the Halal stream that they must make all their food production and supply chains Halal compliant, regardless whether the food is labelled ‘Halal’ or not.
For example, in England, it has been shown that the vast majority of meat sold in stores is Halal-compliant, whether it is labelled as ‘Halal’ or not!
You could be eating Halal-slaughtered meat without knowing it.
And that goes far beyond the unnecessary animal cruelty involved in Halal slaughter… (Yes, Kosher food is also slaughtered using similar method and Kosher meat is therefore shunned by aware people. The difference is that Kosher food is always labelled as such and therefore, people have a choice to avoid it if they so wish. Halal-slaughtered meat is being sold both with Halal labels and without, making it impossible for a consumer to make a choice.)
In addition, Muslim leaders who wish to introduce Halal food into places like hospitals and schools claim that it is the ‘lowest common denominator’: meaning that everyone in society may eat Halal food.
Unfortunately, that is not true.
For example, Sikhs are expressly forbidden to consume Halal food. (Not just Halal-slaughtered meat, but all food that had, at some point, been Halal.)
So, if a hospital or a school serves Halal food, they are violating Sikhs religious principles.
And while Sikhism explicitly forbids the consumption of Halal food, Christianity implicitly forbids the consumption of Halal meat.
Yes, most Christians are unaware of this – but, they should be.
Both the Old and the New Testament forbid the eating of ‘sacrificial meat’ – that is, meat that has been prayed over to a God other than the Christian one.
Permit me to explain:
Long, long time ago, Pagans would sacrifice animals in Temples in order to gain favour with one God or another. This ‘sacrificial meat’ would be cooked and served to the ‘common folk’ who would come to the temple. Since many of the poor people could not afford to eat meat on their own, they would flock to the temples for a good meal.
If you think about this, it was a quite good system: the rich may have been trying to buy favour from the Gods, but they ended up feeding valuable protein to the poor…
And while the people ate the sacrificial meat, the priests and priestesses would proselytize to them, singing the praises and spreading the teachings of their particular deity.
Which was not particularly appreciated by the Jewish and Christian religious leaders…
So, in both the Old and the New Testaments, eating meat sacrificed to other deities was strictly forbidden!
Don’t take my word for it – please, look it up for yourself. I recommend Acts 15:29 and Acts 21:29 as good starting points.
Yet, food that had been sacrificed to Allah has entered our food supply: sometimes it is clearly labeled as such (and permits us the choice to avoid it), but at other times, Halal slaughtered meat is sold without any signs indicating so. What is worse, many public institutions have substituted Halal meat in their food supply without notifying their consumers, without giving their ‘captive consumers’ (hospitals, schools) the option to practice their religion without sin.
Not only does ‘Halal-certified food’ contravene our employment laws (the ones that prevent employer from practicing religious prejudice in hiring policies, as Halal food may not be ‘handled’ by members of most religions and by non-religious people in order to maintain its ‘Halal’ certification) and thus undermines the rule of law in our society, inconspicuously labeled Halal food (such as on cans of Cambell’s soup: a simple crescent moon may not alert a consumer that they are purchasing a ‘Halal’ item) or completely unlabeled Halal meat has crept into our food supply, preventing non-Muslims from freely exercising their religions.
But – and this implication is perhaps even more important to consider – only Sharia adherent Muslims in our society insist on Halal food. It is precisely these Sharia-adherent Muslims who will seek employment in the ‘Halal food supply’.
Many Muslims have come to Canada precisely to escape Sharia. These are the Muslims whom we must protect – the moderates in our midst who want nothing more than to live free and be productive members of our society. Other Muslims have come here with the goal to impose Sharia on our society: these are not peaceful immigrants but radicals who have arrived as colonists, who believe that it is their duty to impose Sharia on all the people on Earth.
Yet, it is exactly these Sharia adherent Muslims who control Halal certification and manage the Halal-certified food supplies. As Halal – with or without clear labeling – becomes greater and greater portion of our food supply chain, radical Muslims will gain control over more and more of our food supplies.
Radical Muslims believe themselves to be at war with our society.
Placing them in a position to control greater and greater portions of our food supply mechanism is, in my never-humble-opinion, not a good idea.