Now consider. In practice a devout Muslim can’t eat meat which has been slaughtered by a non Muslim. In order to be halal, in addition to method of slaughter and bleeding the animal out, the name of Allah must be pronounced over the animal as it is killed.
So, the animal is effectively sacrificed to the Islamic god, a god which no one other than a Muslim believes in. For convenience, more and more food supplied in our supermarkets is halal, some marked as such in easily missed notations on the packaging. Most of us, these days, may find ourselves eating halal without even knowing it.
Does it matter?
What’s going to happen when the first non Muslim complains, on the basis that they can’t eat meat which has been defiled by sacrifice to a false god?
I suspect the screams of “Raacciiisst” will be deafening.
Apparently, contrary to common belief, the slaughterman need not be Muslim, any Person of the Book can do it, provided Allah’s name is invoked, but what Jew or Christian is going to pray to Allah dozens of times a day? In practice only Muslims slaughter halal, so what progressive can argue against a boycott of specific slaughterhouses on the basis of religious discrimination in their hiring practices?
Will this be racist as well?
To me, halal meat is just meat. The concept of it being ritually defiled is meaningless; muttering a few words over the poor dying beast is nothing to me. However, I don’t eat halal because in order to gain certification the producer must pay a fee to an Islamic certification authority. A portion of that fee is used to proselytise, even to engage in Jihad, and I will not contribute to the promotion of a belief system which I find appalling. In fact, selling me halal without making its status clear is an abuse of my freedom of speech.
Halal is haram.