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Holy Hoops — Food Edition

October 8, 2010

As a logical, rational atheist, I will never understand religious rules regarding food.  I just don’t get it.  Of course, I don’t “get” most of the religious regulations governing the mundane aspects of life.  Does God have more important things to focus on?

All of this recent talk about halal food started me thinking.

Jews eat kosher food.  (Clarification:  Jews are supposed to follow a bunch of detailed rules to “keep kosher” but most don’t.)  Jews can’t eat halal meat because it has been slaughtered while praising Allah.  The kosher slaughter method is basically identical to the halal method except that Muslims have to mention Allah before killing the animal and draining the blood.  So, restaurants which serve only halal meet are excluding those Jews who “keep kosher.”

Muslims eat halal food but Muslims can also eat kosher food according to the Koran:

(From Wikipedia)

In Surah 5:5 of the Holy Qur’an it is written: “The food of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians] is lawful for you as your food is lawful for them.”

Of course, some Muslims believe that they cannot eat Kosher food.  Not surprising given the prevalence of anti-semitism.

Jews don’t expect everyone to accommodate kosher rules.  Why are people and companies being asked to accommodate halal rules?  Are we all expected to cater to other’s religious “requirements”?  No thank you.

Maybe all hyper-religious people ought to just stay home and cook everything from scratch.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2010 9:57 am

    “The food of the people of the book is lawful for you as your food is lawful for them.”

    Long story short, nothing is out of bounds for a Muslim because everything is in play for a Christian.

    Taken further, this means that technically no food needs to be halal.

  2. Michele permalink*
    October 8, 2010 12:21 pm

    That certainly simplifies things.

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