The Canadian media and the US media (Washington Post here) as well obfuscate the real issue behind the Hamas-linked halal certification of a line of soups -- ISNA. Why legitimize those who are working toward "eliminating and destroying western civilization from within"?
WASHINGTON POST: In an interview, Geller, who was instrumental in whipping up opposition to an Islamic community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan, said she has no objection to the halal certification itself. Rather, she said, she opposes Campbell's decision to have its Canadian products certified by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organization that government prosecutors alleged had ties to the terrorist group Hamas in a 2007 conspiracy case.
"No one is suggesting they refrain from this line," Geller said. "No one is suggesting they not have halal food. I'm not against halal food any more than I'm against kosher food. My issue is who's doing the certifying."
Why should any of us aid those who wish to subvert and sabotage us? This is not rocket science, this is civilizational survival.
Campbell's, with all of their enormous resources, ought to research ISNA and find out who they are in bed with. I mean, really. Do the right thing.
Merita Ilo of the Canadian Press thinks that concern about Islamic supremacism can be sneered away. "Soup and nuts: Canadian soup feeding Jihad?," by Merita Ilo in The Canadian Press, October 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):
TORONTO - The controversial Ground Zero mosque in New York and Campbell's Canadian-made tomato soup have nothing in common, one would think.
Yet they're being stirred in the same pot by some conservative bloggers in the U.S., who say Islamic terrorists are behind both projects.
Actually, no one is saying that Islamic terrorists are behind either project. Islamic supremacists and stealth jihadists are not terrorists, although they share the terrorists' goal of imposing Sharia upon non-Sharia states.
Pamela Geller, who runs a widely read anti-Muslim site called Atlas Shrugs, is calling for a boycott of some 15 soups made by the Canadian subsidiary of New Jersey-based Campbell Soup Co..
It is not "anti-Muslim" to stand for human rights -- the freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and equality of rights of all people before the law -- against the Sharia.
The soups are certified as halal food, meaning they're prepared according to Islamic dietary laws.
Sold in Canada, the soups are certified by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has been certifying halal foods since 1988.
But Geller claims ISNA has ties to terrorist groups, including Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
"No one is suggesting they not have halal food. I'm not against halal food any more than I'm against kosher food. My issue is who's doing the certifying," Geller told The Washington Post Sunday.
A number of conservative groups, including JihadWatch.org, have joined Geller's call for the soup boycott. A Facebook page called Boycott Campbell Soup counted more than 3,500 members as of Sunday night.
"But Geller claims ISNA has ties to terrorist groups, including Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood" -- as if she made it up. In reality, in July 2008 federal prosecutors refused to remove ISNA's status as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case. Hamas defines itself as the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.
What seems to be lost in the American blogosphere is the fact that Campbell's halal soups are not offered in the U.S., and the company says it's not planning to.
The company says ISNA was selected after consultations with professionals in the field of Islamic foods and nutrition, and with Islamic scholars.
ISNA has denied any ties to Hamas and has specifically condemned religious extremism and violence, the Washington Post said in a story headlined "A Canadian line of Campbell's soups has activists stewing over Islamic connection."
And the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist political movement founded in Egypt in the 1920s, is not included in the U.S. State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations, the report said.
The Muslim Brotherhood "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
That's from "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," a 1991 presentation by Muslim Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram.
The New York Times has also published a profile of the 52-year-old mother of four, who critics say is spreading fear of Islam and a dehumanization of Muslims.
Apparently it is now "dehumanization of Muslims" to report on what they say and do. And of course Merita Ilo doesn't think that Nidal Hasan, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Faisal Shahzad and all the rest had anything to do with spreading "fear of Islam."
According to the NY Times report, Geller's Atlas Shrugs, which gets about 200,000 unique visitors a month, helped draw thousands to protests against the Ground Zero mosque project earlier this summer. She's also the leader of an organization called Stop Islamization of America.
It is not the first time Geller looks north for inspiration.
In 2008, she issued an appeal to raise $4,000 for a headstone for a Muslim-Canadian girl who was killed by her family for refusing to wear a headscarf, the NY Times reported.
Aqsa Parvez, a 16-year-old woman from Mississauga, Ont., was killed by her father and brother after a dispute over her choice of dress, her friends and other issues. The two men were sentenced to life in prison after guilty pleas last June to second-degree murder.
As for the impact the boycott calls have had on Campbell's soup business, the company says it has not noticed any effect on its sales.
Apparently Merita Ilo cares nothing for Aqsa Parvez or others like her. To care for them wouldn't be multicultural.
The source article for this ridiculous Canadian Press piece is "A Canadian line of Campbell's soups has activists stewing over Islamic connection," by Paul Farhi in The Washington Post, October 18. Farhi sneers as well, but not as much as Ilo -- and it's noteworthy that Farhi includes material about the Justice Department designating ISNA an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case, but Ilo ignores it.
UPDATE: What it is, what it shall be:
Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide: 'The U.S. Is Now Experiencing the Beginning of Its End'; Improvement and Change in the Muslim World 'Can Only Be Attained Through Jihad and Sacrifice'
In one of his recent weekly sermons, titled "How Islam Confronts the Oppression and Tyranny [against the Muslims]," Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammad Badi' accused the Arab and Muslim regimes of employing tyranny against their peoples, of avoiding confrontation with the Muslims' real enemies – the Zionist entity and the U.S. – and of disregarding Allah's commandment to wage jihad against the infidels.
About the U.S., he said that it is immoral and therefore doomed to collapse, and that it is "experiencing the beginning of its end and is heading towards its demise."
Badi' added that the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations have proved to be pointless, and accused the Palestinian Authority of selling out the Palestinian cause, adding that the PA's days are numbered. He also stated that the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza are preparing for a third intifada, and called on the mujahideen in Gaza to be patient and persist in their jihad, because Allah is with them. Finally, he urged all Arab and Muslims to unite in support of the resistance, for "resistance is the solution," and exhorted them to have faith in the Koranic promise that Allah would deliver the infidels into their hands, even if they are weak at the moment.
Badi's sermon was condemned by the PA. A PA spokesman said that in accusing the PA of selling out the Palestinian cause, the Muslim Brotherhood had distorted the truth and disregarded the fact that the PA adheres to the Palestinian principles, including the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the refugees' right of return. He added that Badi's statements regarding the imminent demise of the PA reveal that the Muslim Brotherhood secretly wishes to topple the PLO and the PA, in order to establish a Palestinian state in temporary borders led by the Muslim Brotherhood's branch in Palestine – that is, Hamas. The spokesman further accused the Muslim Brotherhood of instigating fitna and civil wars in every country where it has seized the government or attempted to seize it. He contended that Badi's statements were meant to strengthen Hamas' coup in Gaza, and that it is Hamas that is perpetuating the occupation and suppressing the resistance, while the Palestinian people in the West Bank are waging popular resistance.
Following are excerpts from Badi's sermon, which was posted on the Muslim Brotherhood's official website:
originally posted on Atlas Shrugs