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:
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.
MR JORAWAR Singh
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.
Technorati Tags: Halal