Where the Halal is My Dinner?

2/19/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

Open-border Leftists are pushing for more access to halal foods, while also complaining that assimilation is an unfair request to make of immigrants and refugees.

Halal-certified sliced meat is coming to New England. Grocery chains like Giant Food Stores and Stop & Shop Supermarkets will be carrying halal deli meats and cheeses.

The Muslim-approved products will be coming from a new Kansas company, Deli Halal.

Remember late last year, the owner of Ahram Hala Market in Portland was convicted of money laundering and running a welfare scheme out of his halal grocery store.

Just across the border, in Nova Scotia, a Canadian Muslim is claiming a hotel infringe upon her religious freedom by not shutting down their kitchen, stopping service to other guests, and bringing in an outside caterer to serve halal food to her wedding guests.

Meanwhile, the Portland Press Herald is pushing for more halal options for Maine’s growing Muslim population.

As the outcry for more halal options at the beck-and-call continues to rise, open-border Leftists now say asking immigrants to assimilate is asking them to “lose who they are.”

Halal is the strict dietary guidelines spelled out in the Quran.

As was highlighted in the PPH article, the refugee community is hungry for goat meat, and say Maine farmers are not meeting the demand. However, any business planning to market goat meat to Muslim communities should understand the risks.

Fewer than 4% of Maine’s more than 8,000 farms are currently raising goats for meat. Even fewer of those are slaughtering the animals according to the strict guidelines required by practicing Muslims.

However, what looks like a venture into an emerging market almost guaranteed to succeed, could actually be more of a trap disguised as an opportunity.

Despite international efforts by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, there still exists no universally agreed upon standard for halal production. In the highly-regulated American food industry, such a lack of clarity can have unfortunate outcomes. Cases are emerging exemplifying the murkiness.

In 2014, a federal judge sentenced Iowa-based Midamar Corporation’s founder, William Aossey, Jr., to two-years in federal prison for organizing a fraud to pass off halal meat to Malaysia that otherwise couldn’t have been shipped based on slaughtering methods.

Midamar claimed to have only made a minor labeling error, and accused the government of “improperly trying to define halal standards.”

The farming company also believe their now 77-year-old owner may have been singled out for targeting.

Maine farmers will find similar challenges navigating the strict halal rules while staying within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s restrictions.

Meanwhile, efforts are underway to encourage Muslim refugee migration to rural Maine.

As Maine First Media has previously reported, former Democrat candidate for Governor and former Speaker of the Maine House, Steve Rowe, in his present capacity as CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, is teaming up with Northern Maine Community College to relocate an untold number of Muslim refugees to Aroostook County.

They’ve called their recent efforts, “planting seeds for the future.”

As the wealthy non-profit MCF partners with the publicly funded community college to plant a foreign population into rural Maine — the impact on Aroostook County communities can be easily predicted.

Results of prior programs that flooded rural America with Muslim refugees have:

  • Increased unemployment;
  • Overwhelmed rural health care providers with illnesses foreign to our health care system;
  • increased crime;
  • Drained education resources as small schools deal with a large influx of non-English speaking students.

If efforts to direct Islamic populations into rural Maine communities continue, expect small Maine farmers to get caught up in a confusing labyrinth of federal, state and local processing regulations.  They’ll also have to contend with the strict religious oversight that the Muslim community itself cannot clearly define.