Friday, October 8, 2010

Campbell.ca(SLASH)halal (or get SLASHED)

The 501st post is not about Levi's!... But wait, if you thought TSC having a seperate cashier for alcohol (apparently after boycott overturned the original decision of not selling it outright) or Dekane opening in Achrafieh and not stocking alcohol was a scandal... Now try this for size!
Campbell Soup launched its Halal line in Canada 8 months ago. But super hardline media pundits have seized this (only now) and have gotten away with it claiming that the Islamic association that endorses the Halal stamp is Hamas-linked and Wahhabite funded.
The Campbell site reads as follows:
"There are a variety of Campbell Canada products that are Halal-certified so you have more food options to enjoy with your friends and family. These products are certified by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the largest non-profit, religious, educational, and non-political Islamic organization in North America. ISNA's Halal Certification Program was established in conjunction with professionals in the field of Islamic foods and nutrition, and with Islamic scholars. The program includes the review of ingredients, formulas, manufacturing and sanitation processes."
On the other hand, the right-wing people read as follows:
"This is yet another example of just how dangerous creeping shariah is to Western Civilization, Democracy and all freedom loving peoples. There are stages to the islamization of non-islamic countries. [...] This is just another way that terrorism and it's sponsors are insinuating themselves into our culture, Terrorists are NOT freedom fighters they are murderous thugs and I will not pay money for soup or any other product that supports, aids or abetts their tactics. Hope someone puts a list out of all of Campbell's affiliates." (this quote comes from the facebook group for boycotting Campbell Soup cans).
Somewhere, I think Andy Warhol is laughing in his grave.
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