Blowback Against the Halal Racket is Neither 'Racism' or 'Bigotry'

By Antonia Newton, The Quadrant

9-1741244-lis070313cookie06_fct772x475x88x80_t460The Byron Bay Cookie Company must have been shocked by the number of angry comments on its Facebook page regarding “halal-certified Anzac biscuits”. The company had cheerfully declared that it would be “sending cookies to the Australian troops stationed overseas for Anazc day. If you would like to send them a special message, please comment on this post and we’ll collate all your messages.”  No mention was made of the halal certification, but the word was out, courtesy of the sleuths at Boycott Halal in Australia.

The comments ranged from bafflement to fury at the company’s alleged betrayal of Australian values — “Halal certified cookies which finance the spread of the very ideology that motivates the killers of our sons and daughters? Your moral compass needs a serious re-adjustment”, ” for example. There were vows never again to buy Byron Bay Cookie Company products, as well as expressions of support for Australian troops and their sacrifices. The company responded that it was trying to be “respectful and inclusive”, which drew further lashings of ire.

Multiculturalism, that brilliant policy by which people in all Western countries, that is, all developed nations, were to enjoy “unity in diversity” and become “strong” by means of non-discriminatory and fast-paced immigration (in Kate Lundy’s earnest but hilarious words, “One of the reasons I believe Australians are so good at sport is because we are so culturally diverse”) appears not to be producing another iteration of the post-World War II immigration boom’s “New Australians” so much as as a re-made Australia. It hardly needs to be said that deep divisions are appearing in the overall population on which the policy was imposed.

Even some of the most ardent “tolerance and diversity” enthusiasts are becoming uneasy about the ever-burgeoning demands by Muslim arrivals, whose more enterprising members have found ways not only to extract expensive privileges to do with “religious requirements” (prayer rooms, special Muslim officers in councils, and so on) but also to promote the halal-certification business.

There are several halal-certification bodies in Australia, and their annual fees appear arbitrary, depending on the body which has found its way to the particular food producer. Manufacturers tend to be coy when asked about the fees they are paying, and most of this information tends to come from companies which have been offered and refused certification. While halal butchers have long been familiar to Australians, the tiny Arabic markings found on manufactured foodstuffs, denoting permissibility for consumption by Muslims as free of any traces of forbidden foods, are a recent phenomenon. While it is understandable that observant Muslims might enjoy the convenience of simply locating the mark on processed food products, rather than peering at those small-print lists list of ingredients, the little halal mark is finding its way onto a range of unlikely comestibles.

Would a Muslim really concern himself with the contents of a can of coconut milk or pure corn oil, or the possible affront to his faith posed by an ingredient in his chocolate Easter egg, given that he might be keen to celebrate the resurrection of the man revered by Christians as the Messiah? He would be unsettled, apparently, and he might be further discomforted to learn that the driver of the van transporting items marked “halal” was actually an infidel. And what about ships? If the transported foodstuffs are to be deemed truly halal, should not the captain and crew be Muslims? Then there is the matter of the port where the ship docks, as foodstuffs can so easily be made impure. Don’t laugh, there is an officially declared “halal port” in Rotterdam, and no doubt more are coming. Logistics is just a step in that expansion and evolution, but there are many others.

Yes, indeed, many a reader will say, we know they’re fussy, those Muslims, and so what? Jews also can be fussy with their kosher requirements. It doesn’t matter, the logic of conspicuous tolerance goes, because we are a sophisticated nation and entirely correct to scoff at our knuckle-draging fellow citizens’ “xenophobia” and reluctance to make a big noise “celebrating difference”. And, hey, isn’t Australia a much more interesting place nowadays?

But kosher labels do not target the entire community. And, as the Byron Bay Cookie Company, Cadbury and Purina Catfood, and hundreds of other non-Muslim companies are finding out, Australians have started to notice manufacturers’ amenable attitude to the suggestion made by certification bodies regarding potential Muslim buyers of their products, both in Australia and in Muslim countries, should they sign up and pay up. Research by interested citizens shows that Australians have little choice but to donate to the cause of Islamic expansion and imposition of sharia worldwide because of widespread manufacturers’ compliance with the scheme.

In a submission to a 2011 parliamentary inquiry, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils’ (AFIC) Ikebal Patel stated:

“The submission cites regulations governing Islamic finance and halal certification in Australia as examples of how legal pluralism can work … It seems that in two areas, namely Islamic finance and halal food, the Australian government has been actively involved”.

Choice of purchase is made difficult because some companies pay for certification but do not display it on their packaging, and also because many supermarkets simply do not think it worth providing choice. (I was treated quite rudely at a supermarket I regularly frequent when I asked if the store buyers could try to provide non-halal choices. At first I was told it “didn’t make any difference”, then that I should “tell the manufacturers” and finally, “well, this is Brunswick!” as if Brunswick, with a growing number of Muslim residents, were already under unassailable sharia law).

Such a hostile reaction is not uncommon in our new, race-obsessed Australia. Opposition to Islamic cultural inroads and even imposition of fees and other costs on Australian citizens is often met with the accusation of “racism” or “bigotry” or both. One can only imagine the reaction from that side of the cultural divide should a Christian group mine the Bible for suitable words and set up a similar scheme. Apoplexy would be only the beginning.

However, Muslim “scholars” keen on expanding the halal concept to further the cause of Allah have perused the Islamic texts for inspiration, and found it.  The halal foodstuffs ruse has been so successful, and opposition so negligible, that new avenues have been discovered which combine the sensibilities of the modern West with Islamic pride and ambition. Thus does “halal” meet “sustainability”. A Monash University School of Business research project is exploring the possibilities. Its head of management, Professor Pervaiz Ahmed, is “investigating the meaning and practical implications of halal in the areas of sustainable economic development, societal health and community welfare.” As a report in The Australian explains:

“For a country’s halal industry to compete internationally, Professor Ahmed says its ecosystem must meet the standards imposed by Islamic philosophy, and also place its benchmarks higher than those of conventional systems. To this end, the Monash project is broadening the definition of halal to its original and deeper philosophical meaning – a process that calls into question the status of many things classified as halal. Under this reading, fish (usually regarded as halal) would not be halal if it came from an endangered or over-fished species. Cruelty to animals in halal abattoirs would also render the meat ‘not halal’.”

The implied flattery of non-Muslims and their environmental concerns is a change from the usual assertion of higher ethics claimed for Islam banking practices and personal matters, but the message is tailored to the market as befits the goal, which is the expansion of Islamic influence. In this instance the courting of fashionable opinion would seem to represent an astute and prudent strategy.

“Some will say we are setting the bar too high,” Professor Ahmed explains. “But if non-Muslims are to buy halal products, the label has to signify animal rights and species protection.”

The academic world also represents a shrewd stage for the promotion of “halal ecosystems” because the post-modern community, if I can label it thus, has largely rejected Christianity. The rejection is broad-based, but one specific element in which Christianity has become discredited is its reputed disrespect for the natural world in placing mankind, allegedly made in God’s image, at the centre of His creation. If Islam can impress with their green credentials those who feel Westerners have despoiled the earth — here, conjure a mental image of those credulous souls who turned out at rallies to support the Carbon Tax,  then imposition of an Islamic eco-tax, such as that manifested by halal certification, is likely to seem justifiable. Gaia, after all, would approve of any measure that makes her lot a little esier.

As Islamic violence, increasingly macabre, rages throughout the Middle East and Africa and sporadic attacks occur in too many other areas to mention, as Christians are abused, murdered and their churches destroyed in foreign lands, Australians are being encouraged to purr over the concept of “halal ecosystems” and halal-approved “freshness”; and purr the writer of this Monash articlecertainly did. Had journalistic curiosity been a factor, the article might have asked about “endangered or over-fished” Middle East Christians, or whether the knives of the Prophet’s head-lopping militants are kept very sharp and in full accordance with halal requirements.

“War is deceit,” advised the Prophet Mohammed, and our “anti-racist” activists, as well as most academics and journalists have neither the training and imagination nor the will to recognize it — unlike the Byron Bay Cookie Company’s opponents.

Antonia Newton is the pseudonym of a Melbourne writer whose desire for anonymity reflects her frequent travels in the Muslim world

40 thoughts on “Blowback Against the Halal Racket is Neither 'Racism' or 'Bigotry'”

  1. My message.

    How dare you abuse the memory of those service men and women who gave their lives for Australia and Australians by bowing down to the ludicrous requests from a minority community that contributes very little to Australia.

    How dare you spit in the face of those immigrants who have come to Australia and who, often under hardship, have contributed to the nation by bending backwards to accomodate the moronic requests of a violent and agressive group of thugs known collectively as muslims.

    I will never by any of your products again, as you have demonstrated that you do not have Australian interests at hand. It is very likely that your decision has come about because a parasitic muslim has some measure of control on your board – get rid of the thug. Until muslims openly allow all religions, and until they openly proclaim that all religions are equal, muslims have no place in any civilized county.

    By accomodating muslim blackmail you have demonstrated that you are not fit to serve Australia!

    As for the muslim concerned – piss off you miserable parasite!!!!!!

  2. concerning previous email – the second paragraph is not sufficiently clear in mkeaning. Please replace with following..

    Consider those immigrants who have come to Australia and who, often under hardship, have contributed selflessly to the nation. You have spat in their faces by bending backwards to accomodate the moronic requests of a violent and agressive group of thugs known collectively as muslims.

  3. Wow when did the Byron Bay cookie sellout
    I used to visit the very first factory they operated from in Byron Bay!
    How disappointing that this too has bowed to the pressure of halal
    Well that changes things for a lot of people who supported this Aussie cookie for over 20 years! I for one do not support anything that pays ransom to organisations that fund terror groups. Halal goes towards this.
    Time for a new Aussie Cookie! One that will not sellout for a few extra bucks!

  4. I will also be boycotting this Compay, and any other, that wants Me to help pay for the Bullets etc. that these parasites are going to fire at Me, and my Countrymen. . . .

  5. You’d better hope the muslims like your products, because I and my family and friends and a growing number of people will not purchase them while you fund the halal certification scam.

  6. It’s one of the greatest shams in the history of shams.
    I’m wondering if there is the possibility of a class action lawsuit against the halal certification board or the Australian government for allowing this racket to be imposed on the non-muslim Australian public without its consent. This avenue would quickly rein in the bullshit associated with non muslims having to pay for muslim advancement.

  7. Oh well, the Byron Bay cookie company made their choice of Halal Certification and they can live with it. They can live in hope the 2% muslim population of Australia will get behind them and keep them going…. I think not! A Boycott of this company is in order.

  8. in our country we made laws for animals not to suffer we as british people hve to abide by these laws yet these musslims can do as they want as to the regards to killing animals.and even lie to us as to what the meat is ie pork on a pitsaa not pork if we done that we would be prosecuted for false claims under the trade discription act so what is it replaced with and shouldnt they state it

  9. I refuse to purchase anything I know to be Halal as I do not think these things should be forced on us – a supposedly free country. As for the Anzac biscuits it’s more of a crime to betray the men & women in the various forces what fought & died in WW1 & WW 11. It is an outright insult to our diggers & their families & friends. Are they trying to get rid of Anzac Day as well?

  10. You’ve lost me and many of the people I know, as this has been discussed widely around the traps, and it’s going to cost you big time, how much money do you think you’ll make out of MUSLIMS they wont buy you’re Cookies and now neither will AUSTRALIANS, see you on the Dole Queue. and the BOYCOTT will gather strength while you pay out money to the TERRORISTS.

  11. Halal, is one of the cruelest methods of killing, (much like the ISIS beheadings, only the beheaded are not eaten).
    Halal and it’s certifications nation wide, are split in 8 parts (Zakat) and flows into the middle east, funding amongst others furthering Islam and terror.
    Companies that do NOT know what Halal is, ought to be more morally responsible toward our way of life, instead promoting those who stand for a religious cult.
    STOP the promotion of all Halal foods, especially in ANZAC Biscuits.
    I see that as being traitors.

  12. The people against Halal had an effect on Cadbury Chocolates and their adding halal certification.. I refuse to buy anything halal on the grounds it is un Australian and a slap in the face for our service men and women as well as our way of life..

  13. troops receiving your Halal biscuits would be insulted. Maybe they could feed them to the starving goats.

  14. How dare you try to send cookies that are certified for those very scum that are killing our countrymen and women your company and anyother will no longer sit on the shelves in my cupboard till you stop this pathetic and disgraceful practice and for the love of god what about biscuits needs to be certified or are they no standing in the fields and demanding that our crops be murdered in there own sick barbarick ways like they do with there livestack

  15. Why is it that Countries like Australia are bending over Backwards for the Sake of a Minority Group , are we that scared of the race card that these Muslim Dogs can smell it,why is it we the people can see the problems but the Government just keep putting spin on to every argument to justify their cowardliness in confronting this ever growing problem? Seriously ANZAC Biscuits made for Aussie troops ( Halal ) this has to be a joke surly no one is that stupid.

  16. Maybe just Maybe this country needs to have the Discrimination Laws CHANGED to Exclude Muslims Religious ( Lies ) Beliefs ,this way the ideology of their so called Laws and religion would not impact on our Way of life ,the boot would be on the other foot ,and the Discrimination Laws would actually work in our favour a change,because they get way too much in the name of Religion.

  17. Im a proud Australian but am ashamed at what our Government is allowing to happen here!! Our Anzac biscuits certified halal, contributing to the very cause our troops are now fighting, ISIS!!! My Grandfather fought in Gallipoli and so did many others and so many lives lost and sacrifices were made to keep our country safe! You pack of halal mongers are in it for the money, you don’t care about our fellow Aussies, you disgust me and many others!!! This is a free country and we are entitled to complain and keep boycotting any certified halal businesses and we will until they’re all abolished!!! You’re so stupid, I bet you don’t read between the lines as to why there’s so much halal certification happening in our country!! The money goes straight back to their country, hence, supporting terrorism, and also, the Bendigo bank is owned by an Arab country, need I say more??? You can shove Yu biscuits and anything else Yu sell cos I know hundreds who are boycotting your company!! Shame shame and shame on you, you are truly not Australian!!!

  18. The only way to not fund the Halal Certification scam is to not support companies who support the scam. Therfore we won’t be supporting your company.

  19. Disgraceful!! Never will buy product from this company agin. Vegemite is also off my list as well as they have done the same. This is AUSTRALIA!!!!

  20. THE reason you singed up for the islamic certification is of course more profit -in doing so you pay for the -privilege?and in turn we pay more -you might want to support islamic terrorist’s-we don’t ,it has been proved in Canada the money did go to support terrorism -Australians do not want the name of our Anzacs -tarnished by having the islamic stamp on it -shame on you for going so -and of course you have lost another-Australian customer -if your -Australian where is your pride ?

  21. Shame, shame, shame.
    Well , it just goes to show how stupid some people are when trying to pander to the noisy minority. But a quick question, did you happen to see the brand of cookie that you enjoyed on your last flight. Yes, even our national icon the flying Kangaroo is using this, betraying our fellow country men and woman. Well, I am paying more attention to this ridicules extortionist racket, and no, we will not be eating any more of the produce from the BBCC.
    In times of war traitors where shot.

  22. A good way off sending a message directly to both the “supermarket/shop” and the manufacturer is:
    *Do your shopping as usual, don’t bother looking for halal labels, yet!
    *Keep the receipt,
    *When you get home, then check for any halal logo’s, put those products aside,
    *Break the seal on all of those products which will prevent the vendor from simply putting it back on the shelf,
    *Return the product(s) and demand a full refund – Grounds of Complaint – “I will not pay jizyah…..”
    ***The vendor has no option than to provide a full refund and will be forced to return it to the supplier for a refund (and an explanation) or, absorb the cost of disposal.

  23. What disgrace , my son is in the Army has fought in Afghanistan , risking his life and to hear that your company is Halal certified, knowing our troops could be sent if things got worst , my son is risking his life for you so that you can support a tourist group and a religion , shame on you. I’m speechless .I am also Gluten Free not very many choices around and was buying your lovely bikkies , not no more

  24. Just lost yet another customer and gained more scorn. Byron Bay products won’t be found in my cupboard.

  25. Halal Certification is crazy….Anzac biscuits are Australian. No more Byron Bay Anzac bickies for me, I was only there a most beautiful part of Australia in August.

  26. You have got to be kidding? Anzac biscuits are not just biscuits – they are an ozzie icon – a commemoration to the very brave soldiers who fought for the freedom of every Australian. These biscuits have no business being made subject to halal certification. Do you honestly think the last words passing through the lips of our dying diggers were uttered in the name of Allah? What an insult to every Australian. Shame on you Byron Bay cookies. Be assured, like many others, I shall not be purchasing one single product from your store from here onwards

  27. The directors of EVERY Australian company that has gone ‘halal’ should be arrested as terrorists supporters. Halal is a ‘tax’ paid to a terrorist organisation, which I understand it is illegal to support such groups, is it not..?!

  28. I see your company is halal cectified and now you have make Anzacs biscuits you have cross a line and there is no return.. this is so disgraceful to all the soldiers who have not return to this land I will never support your company. There are so many Austrian switch on too this BS Muslim tax

  29. Do you people know what halal is all about? Seriously.

    And I guess you’ll all be eager for sharia law to come about too?

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves!

  30. Is nothing sacred – sending halal contaminated ANZAC bickies to OUR troops is nothing short of a slap in the face for Australia – keep your religious fanatical beliefs to your own followers – we have our CHOSEN beliefs

  31. I am horrified and appalled that an Australian company would stoop to paying a protection payment to a group known to endorse terrorism!

  32. Absolute disgrace, even based on religious grounds this certification should not exist as it supports one over the other . Australia supports people having freedom of choice. Our freedoms are being deminished by companies such as yourselves only chasing a dollar! Sad to say many have died for the freedoms we enjoy. How dumb to fall for such a money making racket!!! I will never support such blatant scams.

  33. worth the read. ‘Halal’ can now mean ‘sustainability’!!! whatever the word means, halal-certified goods still send profits to those who want to kill our sons and daughters

  34. Start at woolworths .then Coles Aldis.IGA.Buy a minimum $50 of halal marked products, open the lot,make sure to scrape the vegemite and tnen take the lot back. Costing them a reasonable amount each purchase may give them an idea people are pissed off with their companies, kow towing to a group of filthy ragheads.Follow up with a letter to head office and waste as much of their products and time as you can.Dont forget the anti halal stickers on the base of the products.

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