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Campbell’s Soup Goes Halal: Islamophobes Freak Out

Campbell’s Soup Goes Halal: Islamophobes Freak Out

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.”

Via Time:

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.

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8:35AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Uh, excuse me?
I have nothing wrong with people's religions. What I DO have a problem with, is cruel and inhumane slaughter. I think that we have advanced enough to realise that Halal methods are cruel and cause horrible pain to the animal. So why do we keep doing this?

Is someone's religion somehow more important than the suffering of a helpless animal? We let an animal suffer and struggle in its own blood for up to two whole minutes as it bleeds to death, just because someone believes that's how it should be killed?

This is the 21st century. We know that animals feel pain now, so we should treat them with the respect we know they deserve. Humane killing should be a requirement, and I can't see any valid argument against that.

5:56AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

HALAL is another name for brutal cruelty to the animals being slaughtered. What hypocracy!

We complain about the cruel and brutal methods used on the factory farms in North America, and yet, it's okay for the animals used in HALAL products to be horribly killed. WTF?

I certainly think that there is pressure brought on these companies to appease the religious fanatics and their dietary requirements. How be they all go back to their own crappy countries where no kindness or humanity exists and carry on, and just leave our countries alone?

There's a silly old saying: When In Rome, Do as The Romans Do. To bad these imports don't follow that saying.

12:59PM PST on Dec 30, 2011

so slaughtering a fully conscious animal by slitting it's throat and watching it die in pain and terror is perfectly fine with you guys!
I can only hop that you go the same way

2:46AM PST on Feb 9, 2011

valda p.: I agree with your fears.

8:54PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

Here in Australia we have companies such as cadburys chocolate ,Bega cheese and others that are ingraiting themselves with the muslim ideology,we also have the horrific ,cruel treatment that our government condones 'the live export to the middle east trade' , after a horror trip on these boats from hell ,these poor Australian animals are delivered to their worse nightmare their feet are tied up with wire ,shot in the boot or on top of the car ,driven to their disgustingly cruel death,their throats cut ,they lay dying in agony in their own blood,some are cut up in the street ,it has been captured on video,many were saved this barbaric death as some of the boats sunk ,and many thousands of animals went to a watery grave ,if given a choice between what awaited them ,they would I am sure have preffered the quick death of drowning,this culture has no intention of assimilating ,they want to convert the world to 'islam',they say so in their Koran,I recently watched a video called The Stoning of Suraya M,a true story ,it is very frighting ,muslims migrate to many countries and they take their ideology with them ,'Sharia Law ' is not our law ,I worry about the life my little great grand children will inherit ,they are given religious freedom ,I have freedom of speech..

2:17PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

Wonder how Andy W. would fare in all this ?
same garbage; just one can has some nice bleedy cuts in it.
Funny how this all goes like a really long sci--fi flick.
Like Dune.
dune was like a parallel gospel story...remember the weirding way?
Oh well.. just a matter of time till the real thing becomes all too
real for some.
and no one will need a soup taster anymore.
Jesus is lord.

4:50PM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

A soup is a vehicle of discussion.

3:57PM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

"We keep telling everyone, "We are the greatest country in the world." And telling other countries they should be a democracy as we are. . Then the wackos come out of the woodwork and start spouting hate."
Precisely Hope S. Oct 25, 2010 8:19 PM Well said.

8:19PM PDT on Oct 25, 2010

We keep telling everyone, "We are the greatest country in the world." And telling other countries they should be a democracy as
we are. Then the wackos come out of the woodwork and start spouting hate. The latest
being we shouldn't be trying terrorists in our courts. Shouldn't this be the time and place for these trials showing the world how
democracy works? How can people be afraid of
a terrorist that's locked up? Get over your fears!

7:42PM PDT on Oct 25, 2010

@Bora S.
"The hysteria generated over the possibility that Obama might be Muslim, the need for the public to be assured that he is not..."
Bora, last I checked the Constitution doesn't stipulate as to a required religion for the president. If a few "Tea Baggers" were freaked about that, it hardly qualifies as public hysteria. In fact, if anything, his resounding victory shows MOST Americans don't care if he's Muslim or not. We just cared if we thought he could do the job, so what exactly is your complaint?

"the anti-Muslim rhetoric generated by the Park51 project..."
Well, in large part that rhetoric is because Imam Rauf SAYS he wishes it was a different spot, yet turns down offers of alternative sites, and is determined to go ahead despite over 70% of Americans (though most staunchly support building it at another location) and 58% of the Arab world are NOT in favor of that location for Park 51.

"the burning of the HQ by Christian organisations..."
No Christian organizations actually burned any Qurans. One nut-job pastor said he would, but didn't, and even his own congregation was opposed to it. It never happened. But schools in Muslim countries were burned in "retaliation" anyway.

"and the torching and desecration of mosques are not exactly what one would expect from the land of the free..."
That is fairly uncommon, and in some cases faked. 15 to 20 churches burn from arson every month. They don't whine about bigotry. They rebuild and move on.

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