Some call it the “stealth Jihad,” others “creeping Shariah” but that is how Islamic law is coming to America. It will not come in a bill to the Maryland legislature (or any other state) to pass and to be signed by the Governor.
Here’s how it is coming—don’t laugh—first they came for the pigs, but I wasn’t a pork producer so I didn’t speak up. Then they came for the Catholics, but I wasn’t a Catholic so I didn’t speak up! Then they came for the bankers, but I wasn’t a banker so I didn’t speak up. You get my drift!
Pork Producers in Ohio furious over Muslim’s demand that no pork be served in the prisons in that state and that only Halal meat* be served!
About five years ago a friend of mine tried to warn pig farmers across the country that trouble was coming due to the Islamic prohibition against eating pork. Pigs are considered among the ten most vile things in Islam (the list includes dead bodies, urine, feces AND dogs, I’ve forgotten the others). My friend wrote to state hog producers’ trade organizations in most states and got either no response or an occasional nasty note about her bigotry.
Now we know how prescient she was. Here is the story from Ohio (hat tip Paul). Note however, that the Muslim complaint against pork in the prison system demands much more—they want the pigs gone, but they are also demanding that other animals used for food be slaughtered in the proper Islamic way.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—A decision by Ohio officials to remove all pork products from prison menus in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates is not sitting well with the state’s pork producers and processors.
Both promise action of their own, including a possible counter lawsuit, to address what they consider an unfair and illogical decision.
“We really think it’s not in the best interest, frankly, of the whole prison system,” said Dick Isler, executive director of the Ohio Pork Producers Council. “It seems like we’re letting a small group make the rules when it really isn’t in the best interest of the rest of prisoners.”
Pork is inexpensive and nutritious and compares well to other lean meats, he said.
Ironically, the inmates’ lawsuit doesn’t involve pork at all; it demands that non-pork meats like beef come from animals slaughtered according to Islamic law.* But the prisons system responded by simply removing pork as an option altogether.
O.K. so if you are about to stop reading because this is Ohio and you don’t live there, read on. It seems that Maryland prisons already do not have pork in the prison system.
Ohio joins California, Florida, Maryland and Massachusetts among states that don’t serve pork in prisons.
Making it hard for hog producers in Maryland
This story brings to mind something I wondered about in 2007—why did then Delegate Saqib Ali introduce a bill to outlaw crates for mama pigs as one of his primary legislative efforts that year? Of course, he could just be expressing his heartfelt concern for the welfare of the sows and their little ones, but it clearly annoyed hog producers who don’t need more regulation in Maryland (a story for another day is how environmentalists in Maryland managed to drive into bankruptcy some big hog producers in Washington County two decades ago).
….then they came for the Catholics
Coincidentally, just now I opened an e-mail from Judy with this little story about how the EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) training program at the writer’s university is using slides describing how a Catholic might offend a Muslim and the writer is shocked at the completely implausible scenario.
From Sound Mind and Spirit:
I work for a state university. Every two years all employees, from the faculty down to student workers, are required to complete mandatory training. It’s part of our minimum job expectations. The topics are pretty basic, covering the usual expected areas: Fraud Awareness, Cash security, Secure Computer Systems, Ethics, External Consulting, FERPA, and Equal Employment Opportunity.
After ten years of employment here, I’ve reviewed the training and passed the assessment exams five times. This year I noticed that some of the training videos/ PDF slides were redesigned from the previous training two years ago.
Instead of simply presenting the necessary information, the reviews include suggested scenarios, with a little Q&A to make sure you understand the concept. Under the EEO training, we are reminded that “equal employment opportunity is the requirement that all persons receive the same opportunities for hiring, training, promotion, etc. without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin/ethnicity, disability, age, veteran status, and genetic information.”
Slide 5 reiterates that at our employer: “Harassment and/or discrimination based on sex, race, religion, color, age, national origin/ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.”
So you might imagine my shock when this slide appeared, as the example for Religious Harassment.
[I can’t get the slide to open properly but you can get the drift from the author. Remember that shaking a Muslim woman’s hand is considered offensive in some forms of Islam, so a Catholic grabbing a Muslim’s hand and praying would be over-the-top against the rules!—ed]
Stunned. I didn’t know what to think. First of all, I’ve never met anyone, Catholic, Christian, or otherwise who would grab someone’s hands and begin praying out loud in the workplace. The scenario continues with the Catholic becoming upset, treating this new employee rudely, and disintegrates into being downright hateful. What this person is described doing would be considered against the very tenets of the Catholic Faith. It’s completely implausible!
At first I tried to dismiss this, telling myself that something has to be used as an example. But as I continued through the training, reading more likely examples presented in other areas, I became more and more incensed at the derogatory, negative, and completely false stereotype used to represent Catholics. Ironically, an earlier slide had cautioned us that stereotypes or assumptions “can easily get people into trouble for … harassment or discrimination.”
Of course, for me, there is a sad irony in this Catholic’s outrage because Catholic Charities and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are busy every day resettling Muslim refugees across the US. Take Tennessee for instance, Catholic Charities is almost completely responsible for the huge Muslim population in Nashville and across that state.
I referenced Shariah banking or finance in my opening above, but that too will have to wait for another day. You can be absolutely sure that some banks in Maryland are already giving special loans to Muslims (Muslims are prohibited in Islam from paying interest, so banks are now giving them other sorts of loans not available to the general public). Remember the Baltimore Beasley’s and Church’s Chicken?
And, lest I forget, remember that Maryland Muslims are pushing for Arabic to be taught in ELEMENTARY schools so that “Muslim children will better understand their religion.” (That is what private religious schools are for!)
This is Shariah law and how it will come—stealthily and bit by bit—unless you know how to look for it and stand against it.
* Halal meat, we are told, is already sold at Costco in Virginia and probably elsewhere, but our correspondent says you don’t know it’s Halal except for some tiny labeling on the back of the package. Animal rights activists oppose what they call a brutal slaughter practice.