Campbell’s soup, a staple of pantries for over 100 years, has released a “Halal-certified” line of products that allow Muslims to consume the products without worrying about breaking dietary guidelines. So, of course, Islamophobes are now up at arms over the “Muslim takeover.”
Campbell’s has released several soups in Canada that are halal-certified–meaning they meet the dietary restrictions set by the Islamic Society of North America.
Although Campbell’s has had these soups on the market for months now, conservative bloggers and activists have just picked up the cause against the company. Insinuating that Campbell’s is part of a “brotherhood” with radical terrorists, they’re demanding a boycott of the company.
Like all good right-wing scandals, a facebook boycott has been set up, with some delightful commentary, according to the Houston Press:
News that Americans have started a Facebook group called “Boycott Campbell Soup” [sic] — which has nearly 3,500 members — springs from the fact that Campbell’s began offering 15 of its products as halal-certified…in Canada, not America…months ago. The Facebook page seems to have been inspired by think-pieces from the extreme right with purposefully incendiary headlines like “Sound the Sharia Alarm! Campbell’s Makes Halal Soups!” and “Campbell’s Soup Goes Halal to Appease Terrorist-Funded Group.”
Samples from the Facebook group’s wall include such thoughtful gems as:
The last word found in the black box of those 9/11 planes is “Allahu Akbar” and you muzzies also use this shit word during slaughting animals to make it halal. So, we if we take halal meat that means we dishonor the martyrs of 9/11.
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.
Needless to say, when Campbell’s soup starting releasing kosher soup, no one raised any sort of alarm.