French fast food chain expands its halal-only outlets | Reuters
The Quick restaurant chain is segregating Muslims from others by introducing a halal-only menu, according to some French leaders.
This is indeed worrisome. After all, here in Canada, nay in Ottawa itself, we're witnessing a growth in vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and farmers' markets, all of which are halal even among the unwitting sellers and buyers. By God, I don't profess Islam myself and so should not be exposed to halal food. We need a national campaign to inform us of halal products to help us avoid halal products. We could start by labelling all fruits, vegetables, and water as being halal.
And to ensure that those of us who don't want to have halal food forced down our throats, we should boycott all food vendors who cannot provide non-halal alternatives. This would be easy, really. All a restaurant or supermarket would need would be a bottle of liquidized pork fat (aka 'de-halal-izer'). Any customer in a restaurant who insists on getting a non-halal glass of water could just request a drop of dehalalizer be added to ensure it isn't halal. The same should be required in vegan restaurants and farmers' markets. After all, would it be that difficult to sprinkle some dehalalizer on all fruits and vegetables at the supermarket, or to a delicious vegan meal to protect us against the imposition of halal products? After all, it's bad enough that we're witnessing a growth in halal foods; it's even worse that soemthimes even the producers are unaware that the foods they're producing are halal.
What are your thoughts on this? Should we boycott all restaurants that can't guarantee that each meal it serves will be non-halal?