Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The “Non-Existent” Islamization of America

Below is a brief report on some of the peripheral events that occurred during Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff’s recent visit to Washington D.C.

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The “Non-Existent” Islamization of America
by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff


As the Baron has been reporting for the past couple of days, he and I attended the ACT! For America National Conference in Washington DC. From June 22 through June 24.

Apart from “official” business such as the meeting with Congressman Allen West and collecting donations for my defense fund, I was able to catch up with some friends from various ACT! chapters who came in from across the nation. In addition, I spent a day in my favorite outlet mall in Woodbridge, VA.

On the last day of the conference, I had dinner with chapter leaders from Michigan and Texas. We decided on an Indian restaurant near the hotel: “Rajaji Curry House” on Connecticut Avenue. The still ongoing happy hour and the mouth-watering menu made our decision to spend the evening in this restaurant particularly easy. As we sat down, we immediately ordered our drinks and some appetizers while perusing the menu in detail. The menu did indeed promise good food. However, while the others chatted I took a closer look at the menu and imagine my shock and horror when — on the very last page and in fine print — the menu read: “We serve halal food.”

I cried out: “Sorry, you guys, but we have to get out of here! I cannot eat halal food. I am leaving. Now.”

The others immediately concurred with my decision. We motioned for the waiter and told him we would pay only for our drinks; the food order was canceled as the food was halal. The waiter was only very mildly indignant. He obviously realized that we knew exactly what halal meant. We ran outside and had an excellent meal across the street at an Irish pub. Very definitely not halal!

I always spend the early part of the day of my flight home at an outlet mall. Like last year, my destination was Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge, Virginia. Imagine my dismay when this year I saw this huge banner displayed in the mall, one that wasn’t there a year ago:

Potomac Mills Halal

The Petra Grill, as in Petra, Jordan. Halal food has now arrived at Potomac Mills Mall. And how many of those thousands of shoppers know what “halal” means? How many would even boycott the mall or protest if they did know?

And why do so many still insist that there is no Islamization of America?

This monster is staring us in the face, ready to devour us whole. Get up and do something about it! Support ACT! for America.

24 comments:

Matthew Pettit said...
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Matthew said...

Baron,

I am not trying to be argumentative, and I am extremely concerned about the Islamic threat to the US, but I am not sure why this is such a big deal. I do not like the companies like Campell's Soup making halal meat, but that is more a matter of scale to me (which interferes to some extent with consumer's choices). I am appalled by prisons switching to halal meat (again, interferes with non-Muslims' choices and uses tax dollars). But I am not sure how a privately owned restaurant (or chain) serving halal food is a problem. Isn't that how capitalism works? You don't like, don't patronize, right?

Or is your problem with how halal meat is prepared (the slaughter, Arabic prayers, etc.)? If so, do you have an issue with Kosher deli's?

I am really just curious, not trying to say you are right or wrong.

Maybe my take is influenced by the fact that I lived in the Middle East for a number of years and by default all the food I purchased was halal.

latté island said...

I applaud the diners' decision to walk out. Even though the restaurant is privately owned, it's part of a larger process.

The distinction between a kosher deli and a halal restaurant is, the kosher deli is offering this type of cuisine to people who want it. There is no universal plan on the part of Jews to get everyone to eat kosher.

This despite the fact that, as we've discussed on an old post, much kosher meat is sold as regular meat, in effect forcing the non-observant consumer to subsidize kosher meat. But this is only a bad business practice, and can be fixed with better labeling. It's not the same thing as the political intention of Muslims to take over more and more of the public space.

Muslims want everyone to convert to Islam, Jews don't want to convert everyone to Judaism. This is the main reason why one could eat in a kosher deli without feeling like a dhimmi.

Zenster said...

I cried out: “Sorry, you guys, but we have to get out of here! I cannot eat halal food. I am leaving. Now.”

The others immediately concurred with my decision.


One word: BRAVO!

And how many of those thousands of shoppers know what “halal” means?

One word: NONE.

How many would even boycott the mall or protest if they did know?

Two words: Not enough.

Dear Baron, I could not be more proud of you.

Zenster said...

latté island: This is the main reason why one could eat in a kosher deli without feeling like a dhimmi.

Le majeure bingo!

Egghead said...

Here is WHY non-Muslims should care about the introduction of any halal food into the West.

I read a great anti-halal essay that explained that halal food contributes to four significant problems - independent of animal cruelty or religious issues.

The first problem is an employment fairness issue. Halal slaughter requires that Muslims perform all halal rituals. The end result is that Muslims begin to "take over" food production jobs of a nation. The idea that Muslims - who wish to eliminate non-Muslims - control any aspect of non-Muslim food production is disturbing.

The second problem is a terrorist funding issue. All halal products require the monetary purchase of halal certification from a major Muslim entity - and some of that money inevitably supports terror efforts against the West.

The third problem is a Muslim immigration scam. Evidently, halal slaughter requires Western nations to import halal butchers from Muslim nations. The scam is that the halal butchers QUIT as soon as they receive their Western immigration status - requiring the constant importation of halal butchers from - you guessed it - Muslim nations.

The fourth problem is that - where Western countries have banned guns but allow knives - halal butchers can use their butchering skills as very effective human murderers. In essence, the importation of halal butchers is the importation of devout Muslims who would make extremely effective foot soldiers in a fighting war.

In the meantime, halal butchers use their butchering skills to commit violent crimes in the West - halal human slaughters which go unreported by the main stream media.

Zenster said...

PS: Dear Baron, my acclaim derives from one who has worked as a professional chef, owns over 1,000 cookbooks and has written on the internet more than one million words about food. Again, bravissimo!

Egghead said...

Fjordman writes:

"In daily life, non-Muslims are referred to with the derogatory term “kafir” and often compared to animals, for instance “You dirty infidel dog.” How is that for dehumanizing ideology? Viewing non-Muslims as animals is more than just a figure of speech. In the 1890s, a generation before the better-known Armenian Genocide, Turkish troops along with Kurdish Muslim tribesmen slaughtered Armenians just like Muslims use to halal-slaughter sheep and other animals because of their refusal to pay blackmail taxation and be properly submissive."

Still think that halal slaughter is OK?!

The Flaws of Edward Said's Orientalism (expanded Jihad Watch version)

Baron Bodissey said...

Matthew --

The opinions in this piece belong to Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, and are not mine. She may decide to drop in and explain her point of view.

My view is slightly different: Muslims should never have been allowed into our country in the first place. It's like importing Bolsheviks: a danger to our national security.

The customer pool for halal should be so tiny that no restaurant owner would even bother putting up a sign advertising it.

Hesperado said...

I agree with Matthew + Baron x Egghead, which = the real problem is the (growing) presence of Muslims in the West and their necessarily inextricably violent supremacism; not halal restaurants in food courts. The latter is merely a symptom of the former.

The problem with anti-halal (and anti-sharia) formulations is that they tend to communicate an aversion on the part of the author for the mere culture which Muslims bring in their train.

It is entirely conceivable for a non-Western culture to immigrate into the West and bring in its train various cultural practices of cuisine, dress, music, etc. -- without bringing a supremacist script for expansionist violence along with it.

ESW's essay can easily be seen as a xenophobic bigoted over-reaction to harmless and pleasantly "diverse" non-Western culture. Though I included Egghead's points in my equation, they need to be solidly backed up with massive evidence and not merely asserted. In the meantime, while underpaid AIMers are researching and organizing this evidence, we really should stop talking about halal food and other aspects of sharia that appear benign, and focus on the actual and hate speech and copious violence which Muslims foment and perpetrate around the world as part of their practice of Islam.

Elisabeth said...
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Elisabeth said...

Zenster, thank you for your applause, but as with most everything I do, I consider this normal.

Hesperado, I do not really understand what you mean about my comment being seen as "xenophobic, etc." I simply do not condone halal slaughtering, period. My decision. And I do not like being cheated, which happens when the restaurant owner tries to disguise the food being halal by writing this very pertinent information in miniscule letters at the very end of the menu, hoping that those in the know would not catch it and all the other "stupid idiots" would not care.

In any case, we should not stop talking about halal food, but talk more about it, educate unsuspecting people. This is sharia, after all! And the nature of sharia is that it is forced upon Muslims and non-Muslims alike. That includes you and me. I say no thank you to sharia. It must never be part of our legal and any other system. Never.

ChrisLA said...

There is a big difference between the way Kosher food is offered or not offered and the way Halal is offered or not offered. GoV readers should go out and have lunch with a Jew sometime. If there is no Kosher food, he/she will merely have a salad and make no big deal of the absence of Kosher food. Muslims, on the other hand, will not eat at a resturant that does not serve Halal, and they may even hassle the owner to provide Halal.

Egghead said...

Posted at Jihad Watch on 6-20-11:

Australia: Muslims demand taxpayer-funded halal training center

So, non-Muslims are to pay for the privilege of training an "indigenous" Muslim army of self-professed brutal knife-wielding would-be animal throat-slitting killers - and eventual infidel throat-slitting and beheading murderers....

Egghead said...

The Western media HIDES halal murders by mislabeling them as knife murders or stabbings.

From Hans C. Pettersson’s blog “Jihad - Malmö”:

"...the term to “halal murder” someone has come into frequent use by radical Islamists in Malmö. Jewish children in Malmö have already been subjected to such threats. “Halal murder” has already taken place in Malmö. In 2009 two Muslim teenagers from Rosengård, members of the organization “Al-Nour Drita” in Malmö were found guilty of murdering a homosexual man."

Swedish Media Censored Danish “Halal Murder” (5-3-10)

HALAL MURDER IN COPENHAGEN GOES UNREPORTED IN CLOSE BY SWEDEN……. (4-5-10)

BREAKING IN FINLAND: SELLO MASS MURDERER IBRAHIM SHKUPOLLI SLIT HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND’S THROAT FROM EAR TO EAR……. (4-1-10)

Zenster said...

Elisabeth, thank you for clarifying that it was you who objected to the halal menu. Fortunately, you already knew well enough to accept my misplaced praise as your own and I will merely reiterate it here. Brava, Elisabeth!

Whether or not halal food is "merely a symptom" of Islam's overall evil, outlawing it is one sure way of alienating Muslims in order to make our shores "unfriendly" towards Islam and that is no small thing.

I also heartily concur with the Baron that:

Muslims should never have been allowed into our country in the first place. It's like importing Bolsheviks: a danger to our national security.

If the Fort Hood massacre did not prove that, I am obliged to wonder what it is that finally will.

Hesperado said...

Elisabeth,

It's a complex issue. For now due to time constraints I will only say that the crux of the issue is the imposition of sharia on non-Muslims.

While this is the ultimate goal of Muslims via the Islam they follow, it cannot happen to a powerful sophisticated superior civilization unless Muslims engage in a long period of massive violence, which would probably necessarily entail actual military assaults and not merely terror attacks and other forms of paramilitary violence. Muslims will certainly try to do this (and have been trying) and will wreak lots of violence merely trying; but stealth jihad methods alone won't bring it about. This means that in the meantime there is a period of "in-between" flux (which could last decades) where sharia for only Muslim immigrants is pursued and these mostly have the appearance of being simply cultural apparatus of an immigrant non-Western people simply wishing to carve out their enclaves like everybody else.

Egghead said...

One more useful article:

HALAL Food SUPPLY Chain (11-26-09)

Hesperado said...

Zenster,

The West can't be ready to outlaw Sharia until it has changed its mind about Islam.

Cart before camel.

1389 said...

Mirrored, with my comments, here:

Why non-Muslims should avoid halal food

Zenster said...

Hesperado: The West can't be ready to outlaw Sharia until it has changed its mind about Islam.

Au contraire. It is shari'a that is most seditious and blatantly political, especially in terms of violating Constitutional rights.

While it is impossible for Muslims to separate their church and state (i,e, Islam and shari'a), we Americans can and should.

Exposing political Islam, in the form of shari'a, is the first logical step in de-legitimizing Islam as a purported "religion".

By comparison, attempting to "defrock" Islam as a starting point, per your suggestion, is a far more difficult, if not almost impossible, task.

Baby steps. Baby steps.

Nick said...

I don't know guys, I think the first step ought to be to make people aware that there is no separation of church and state, if I may use that expression, in Islam. One of the problems we all face, I suspect, is that people in the West tend to view Islam as just another religion.

Most people know the story of Jesus advising people to give unto Caesar, etc. (Matthew 22: 15-22) And anyone familiar with the NT knows that Jesus also told people not to 'blow their own trumpet' but to a) be good to other people, and b) do so quietly, without any fuss. (Matthew 6: 1-4) Jesus also said that one ought to 'store your treasures in heaven' not here on earth, because whatever you go after in life, 'there the desires of your heart will also be.' (Matthew 6: 19-21)

cont ..

Nick said...

There may be more to be said on the subject. But I think these passages are fairly well known, and generally speaking, people don't equate Christianity with chasing after political power - power over others.

Islam though? That's another story altogether. Perhaps the first thing we ought to do is to show that there is a link between Islam and we in the West refer to as 'politics'. Because I'm pretty sure that most people don't even know that much.

So maybe: not one, or the other. But show that there is a link between the two?

rosemary said...

And those who practice halal slaughter on animals would not think twice about using the same knife with which they would slaughter a human being. It's all the same to them. except humans don't get the prayers.