Okay, that title was mean. One of the things we love the most about English culture, one of the virtues was have inherited from it (along with the Common Law, and most of our modern liberties) is the brusque generosity and tolerance that Englishmen traditionally have summed up with terms like “fair play,” “sporting” and “cricket.” This complex of attitudes, wherever it finally stems from, comes across in the writing of authors as diverse as Dickens and Austen, Kipling and Chesterton. It helped make the English by far the most humane of the Western colonialists. It left Gandhi alive (the Germans would have shot him, the Belgians have cut off his hands). It also formed the basis for what we Americans consider “gentlemanly” behavior, which entails for us a sense of noblesse oblige that is worn unobtrusively, so as not to humiliate the recipient of charity. As I write this, I imagine Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster dropping a sovereign in a beggar’s hat, making sure as he does it that no one is looking.
But like every created good thing, this attitude can be taken too far, and morph from a virtue into a vice. I was flabbergasted while reading a book on World War II to learn that a British military attache, Colonel Frank Mason-Macfarlane, presented a highly plausible plan for picking off Hitler during an upcoming military parade in early 1939 (he’d rented a room with a clear shot at 110 yards), but was turned down by his superiors and reprimanded for “poor sportsmanship.” The world paid a very high price for English schoolyard virtue on that occasion. As this site has chronicled exhaustively, the preoccupation with fair play has hopelessly crippled Briton in responding to the aggressiveness of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion™, although Prime Minister Cameron’s recent statement renouncing multiculturalism offers some small grounds for hope that elites are edging towards a “post-Munich moment.”
Here’s another: The British popular press has begun to expose the creep of Stealth Jihad into every corner of British life. In late January, the Daily Mail revealed:
Halal meat is being routinely served at some of Britain’s most popular sporting venues, pubs, schools and hospitals without the public’s knowledge, it has emerged.All beef, chicken and lamb sold to fans at Wembley Stadium has been secretly prepared in accordance with strict Islamic law.
And hundreds of pubs and restaurants in Britain, as well as top racecourses, schools and hospitals, now only serve chicken that has been ritually slaughtered according to Sharia Law….
Rugby fans watching fixtures at Twickenham and horse racing enthusiasts visiting Ascot can only buy halal chicken.
School children across Britain are routinely given halal meat with the only alternative a vegetarian option.
In one London borough, Tower Hamlets, in east London, over 100 schools only use halal meat.
Hospitals including the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London and the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation also insist all meat must comply with Sharia law.
And Britain’s biggest hotel and restaurant group Whitbread, which owns the Beefeater and Brewers Fayre chains as well as Costa Coffee, Taybarns and Table Table restaurants has admitted that more than three-quarters of its poultry is halal.
None of this should be shocking to us by now. Secure in their niche as “oppressed” minorities, British Muslims are following the global script for imposing their ways on non-believers, in ways that members of no other religion on earth would dare to do. (Try to imagine British Catholics getting meat taken off the country’s menus every Friday, or British Jews banning bacon.) The surprising thing is the strength of the reaction to this news. If you asked me which religious body in the world was least concerned to promote its own agenda (even among its own followers, much less outsiders) I would say without hesitation, “The Church of England.” (In his brilliant memoir of faith lost and regained, The Rage Against God, Peter Hitchens chronicles the institutional masochism of the C. of E., and its consequences for British culture.)
But this time the Anglicans took me by surprise, and bully for them. In mid-February, the Daily Mail was pleased to report:
The Church of England has told its schools to ensure they are serving non-halal food after concerns that a number are only providing meat slaughtered according to Islamic law.The official guidance was issued after Church members complained that the use of halal meat was effectively ‘spreading sharia law’ across Britain….
The moves follow disclosures by The Mail on Sunday last year that halal products were widespread in schools, hospitals, pubs and sporting venues but members of the public were not informed.
More than 10,000 Christians, many of whom have reservations about eating meat from animals that are bled to death while an Islamic prayer is recited, have signed a petition calling for proper labelling….
Alison Ruoff, a long-standing member of the Church’s ‘parliament’, the General Synod, said: ‘The Church is only just waking up to this. We have been pathetic and mealy-mouthed but we should be really concerned about this.
‘There is a lot of fear about upsetting Muslims but as a Christian you have to stand up for Christian values. Because we are unwittingly eating halal meat, we are spreading the practice of sharia law.’…
The Christian Muslim Forum, set up by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams four years ago, said there were concerns about ‘some public authorities which provide only halal products in schools and other institutions’.
It said in a statement: ‘We urge all food outlets, catering organisations and public authorities to label halal food properly, for the benefit of both non-Muslim and Muslim consumers.’
Why should Christians care if they’re eating halal meat? Predictably, cultural masochists and stealth jihadists will insist that such a concern is the fruit of “Islamophobia” and bigotry. I’m hardly the most ecumenical Christian in the world, but the only reaction I’ve ever had to eating a kosher hot dog has been to think “Oh good. This probably doesn’t have so much junk in it.” But the more I’ve learned of Islam, the harder it has been for me to buy those tasty-looking shish-kebabs that are offered from carts by hard-working (and no doubt peaceful) Muslims in New York City. Why is that?
For one thing, halal meat is slaughtered to the accompaniment of ritual prayers to Allah—and the more I learn about how Islam depicts him, the less I can conceive of him as in any way the same God worshiped by Christians and Jews. Instead, he seems to me a wicked idol, which would make the meat that was slaughtered in his name the one thing St. Paul forbade Christians to eat: Meat offered to an idol (1 Corinthians, 8:7).
Even without such a scriptural basis for distaste, the notion that Christian schools, and football stadiums, and hospitals, are routinely foisting Islamic foods on unknowing customers is just one more example of Muslim arrogance and Western servility. These haughty men, whose religion calls explicitly for the subjugation and humiliation of unbelievers, do not deserve such exaggerated fair play. They aren’t playing a “straight bat.”
halal meat means ritual prayers to allah were spoken, presumably by some muslim ranking cleric, during the slaughtering, then it is no exageration to conclude it’s meat which has been offered to an idol, to a false god. Even if you don’t know the Christian scripture forbids it explicitly, it’s creepy. If Roland has it right, halal is more than just a “clean” allowable type of animal, but it’s been dedicated in some way to the pleasure of Allah. I wouldn’t eat it. There truly might be some evil spirit inhering in it, I would suspect in the back of my mind even though I’m a modern scientific-minded person.
Love for humanity and hatred for evil.
Love for civilization and hatred for barbarity.
Which of the below are NOT atrocities that should be hated?
Civilized people HATE pre-pubescent child rape – OK in Islam (65:4).
Civilized people HATE sex-slaves – OK for Muslims (4:24).
Civilized people HATE rape – OK in Islam (2:213, 24:13).
Civilized people HATE amputation and crucifixion – OK for Muslims (5:33).
Civilized people HATE beheading – OK for Islam (8:12).
Civilized people HATE wives’ beating – OK for Muslims ((2:223).
Civilized people HATE extortion – OK in Islam (9:29).
Civilized people HATE murder – OK for Muslims (9:5, 9:29, 9:111).
Hate Evil. Despise Evil. Loathe Evil. Abhor Evil. Romans 12:9
Tolerance of atrocities is evil, hating evil is righteous.
For those Christians who believe in the real presence of the body and blood of Christ Jesus in the consecrated bread and wine in the communion supper of their Ceremony, this halal meat is a parallel polar opposite, except the presence, whether real or symbolic, is of an evil anti-Christ spirit. That’s an inescapable thought probably for every type of Christian. (That’s why it’s so emphatically prohibited in Scripture). Again, it’s creepy.