Friday, October 15, 2010

Campell's Soup Sucks, but I've Got Their Back

As a  kosher-eating Jew, I'm deeply concerned about the latest wingnut war against Campell soup. Here's a sample:
Creeping Sharia has come to a grocery aisle near you. Campbell’s soups have come out with a line of 15 halal-certified soups which comply with the dietary regulations of the two percent of the American population that follows Islam. …The next time you pop open a can of Campbell’s vegetarian soup, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that you are consuming jihadi-sanctified food. … What more people will find offensive is that the person carrying out the killing must recite a Koranic verse while the lifeblood of the animal drains away, thus dedicating the animal and the meat that comes from it to Allah. … The prayer? “Bismillah Allah-hu-Akbar”, which means “In the name of Allah, who is the greatest.”
This nonsense is a little too-close for comfort to the things crazy wingnuts say about kosher, isn't it? If Halal certification is dangerous, anti-American and a sign that the Muslims are taking over, how exactly is kosher certification different? It lunatics are campaigning against Halal certification, what's our assurance they won't next rally against kosher certification on precisely the same ground?

Furthermore, let's count the crazy, shall we:
1) The soups are only  available for sale in Canada; therefore only Americans who are panicked about Sharia and also in possession of  poor geography skills need to be concerned.
2) The soups with Halal certification are all vegetarian. So the pre-slaughter prayer doesn't seem like much of a problem here. No scary Arabic words are said over vegetables.
3) And why exactly are the Arabic words frightening? Would the wingnuts object if a Rabbi were to say "Yehai Shmai Raba Mivorah Liolam U'liOlmay Omaya" near their food? Bismillah Allah-hu-Akbar expresses a nearly identical sentiment and about the same deity.
4) Have the wingnuts forgotten that they stand for free markets? Campbell isn't endorsing Islam. Its trying to appeal to new customers and make some money. Since when do wingnuts oppose that?

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