Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Latest Fundie Freakout: Halal Food

The Worldnutdaily has found yet another reason to get their panties in a wad: Halal food. Why, Christians could be eating food that is certified as halal without knowing it. And that means food that has been prayed over in the name of Allah! Run away! Run away!

When you bite into a delicious pizza, succulent sandwich or luscious lamb chops, are you possibly eating food that has been sacrificed to idols?

An outspoken American pastor says yes, and he’s sounding the alarm for Christians to be aware of the Islamic influence he calls “backdoor Shariah” now nibbling its way across the fruited plain.

“Backdoor Sharia?” “Fruited plain?” Let me guess, they’re trying to “ram it down your throats” too, aren’t they?

In a sermon last weekend which he posted online, Biltz explained, “In order for it to be halal, they have to slaughter the animal facing Mecca … and they have to say this prayer about Allah is great and greater than all other gods. Muslims can only eat food that is halal, that has been sacrificed to their idol, Allah … and with Allah’s name prayed over it.”

“You could be eating beef, chicken, etc., offered up to Allah and not even know it. I can just imagine at a Passover Seder the caterer unbeknownst to anyone is serving halal meat! It could be on your pizza without you knowing it, or at your favorite restaurant. People don’t realize they could be eating meat sacrificed to idols!”

And you should definitely avoid the halal pork.

This all reminds me of the time my stepmother informed my father and me that we can’t bring R rated movies into the house because they give off little cosmic particles of sin that invade the house. These people really do believe that someone saying a prayer to Allah changes the physical, biochemical makeup of the meat and that eating it will allow Allah into your body.

As non-believers, of course, we have to worry about both halal and kosher food. Except we don’t worry, do we? Because we know that it doesn’t matter how many prayers you say over it, or to which non-existent deity, that boneless chicken breast isn’t going to hurt us. Isn’t rationality cool?