Sikh’s complain about Halal in schools

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

I don’t share Cranmer’s zeal for Christian fundamentalism but I do share his concern over the encroachment of alien religions into everyday life.

Earlier in the month he reproduced a letter from Sikh Awareness on the subject of Halal meat being served as a matter of course to non-muslims in schools:

Dear Sir

Re: Halal only meat served at a public north London primary school

We are requesting your much required help

It has come to our knowledge that the school which our 3 young children attend have been serving halal meat as part of their school meals without the knowledge of parents. We recently were given a form requesting if our children would like to have Christmas dinner. We opted for the traditional Christmas dinner and when we submitted this form to the school office, we by chance mentioned halal, and we were told that Christmas dinner – turkey will be halal. We explained that we are SIKHS and so halal consumption is FORBIDDEN, to which the response was that our children would have to have the vegetarian alternative. Therefore we have started a petition. The petition simply requests that SCHOOLS MUST GIVE ADVANCE NOTICE OF THEIR SCHOOL MEALS POLICY AND THAT IF HALAL MEAT IS PROVIDED, SO SHOULD NON HALAL MEAT. This is not only because Sikhs are forbidden to eat halal on religious grounds but many non-Sikhs do not wish their children to consume halal meat.

Please sign our petition

We will inform all Sikh Gurdwaras in the UK and also world wide.

Thank you


Animals killed for Halal meat suffer an inhumane death, being strung up by their back legs and bleeding to death from a slit throat.  A lot of people have a moral objection to Halal meat, Sikh’s have a religious objection.  Halal meat should, where appropriate, be an option for muslim or Jewish children, not an obligation for all.

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  1. axel (1214 comments) says:

    are halal and kosher the same?

    I know to us they probably sound the same but to these religous weirdoes….

  2. tbrrob (24 comments) says:

    Is this another case of do-gooder, government unintended consequenses?

  3. Cranmer (1 comments) says:

    Zeal for Christian fundamentalism?

    His Grace?

    Sir, with respect, you cannot have read him widely.

  4. axel (1214 comments) says:

    one of my fish has died and watching my beastie/lobster eat it is most amusing

  5. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Halal and kosher meat are not the same since the animal must be blessed by a cleric.

  6. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    It’s the same way of killing the animal, it’s a different prayer (obviously).

  7. axel (1214 comments) says:

    …aha but the devil is in the detail, if it is a different prayer, it will be ‘different’ meat, that is, if it is kosher, it cant by default be halal and vice versa and in fact might be super dirty because it is a prayer to the wrong ‘god’

    It is still most excellent fun, watching my beastie eat dead fish and make live fish into dead ones, i think he has the horn.

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