Halal on the Table
As a follow-up to my previous post, this article by Roger Heurtebise of Riposte Laïque, describes what happened after Marine Le Pen announced legal proceedings against distributors of halal meat.
Last Thursday a report on France 2 revealed to the public what Riposte Laïque and many others (Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Bloc Identitaire, etc…) have been saying for months and even years: the French people are consuming halal meat without knowing it, whether purchased from their local butcher or from the supermarket.
The political reactions to this report? None.
But the following weekend, Marine Le Pen repeated these findings during the campaign meeting of the Front National in Lille.
And suddenly there was a general uproar from the Front de Gauche to the UMP, from the ministers to the media! The truth had become, in their eyes, political manipulation and "Islamophobie."
Thus, after the Lille meeting, the television program Mots Croisés (Crosswords) on France 2, Monday February 20, held a round-table discussion. Yves Calvi had as his guests:
- Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Agriculture
- Julien Dray, Socialist deputy
- Clémentine Autain, spokesman for the Front de Gauche (a left-wing coalition including the Communist Party)
- Jean-Luc Bennahmias, European deputy, and vice-chairman of the Modem (a centrist party)
- Florian Philippot, campaign strategist for Marine Le Pen
- Guillaume Roquette, editor of Valeurs Actuelles (a moderate conservative journal)
Note: The following is greatly condensed:
On the topic of halal meat the four politicians joined forces as one man against Florian Philippot. They made no attempt to find the truth. Instead they continuously harassed him.
Their witch hunt was reduced to two overused methods of misinformation: it's not true, and even if it is true, you are only saying it to stigmatize Muslims.
After denials, the Minister of Agriculture finally admitted there had been "abuses" and "wrong turns", and that beginning in July 2012, by government decree, ritual slaughter will be done only in response to orders that are strictly halal or kosher.
Florian Philippot reviewed the facts about halal slaughter: the UMP opposition to the EU's directive to label all meat, the suffering of the animals, the contamination of the meat, the promises made by Nicolas Sarkozy to Brigitte Bardot - promises broken.
In the opinion of Bruno Le Maire, Marine Le Pen brought up this topic during her campaign to stigmatize and create a scapegoat. He found the debate "ignoble" and divisive.
Clémentine Autain wondered what the debate could be about if not to "stigmatize Arabs and Muslims" which is "intolerable racism."
Julien Dray explained that he did his homework and asked the butcher in his supermarket if the meat was halal. The butcher said no. Dray concluded that there was no problem. Dray also went after Florian Philippot saying: "You place halal meat at the center of this debate because you are losing politically." He accused Philippot of not respecting Muslims. He also dared to imply it was a Front National strategy: "There is the question of a virus, and of an illness" only to make people afraid of their "fellow citizens who have been stigmatized."
Note: The "virus" here may refer to the E coli bacteria that some veterinarians believe is present in halal meat.
Jean-Luc Bennahmias agreed in substance (sic!), but turned the conversation to other themes related to agriculture.
Guillaume Roquette dared to go against the politically correct current: "This is not a trivial debate, halal is a social practice, there is concern, and not only from the Front National, about ethnic communitarianism."
Julian Dray tried one more time to silence the heretics: "French society has evolved, there is a new France, and in this new France, there are millions of citizens who have the right to eat halal meat."
But no one questions this. The debate was not about the right of Muslims to eat halal, but the right of non-Muslims not to eat halal!
This is what we have come to in France: defending the right of French people not to eat halal is not good, and the victims are not the non-Muslims who are racists for demanding their rights, but the Muslims who are once again "stigmatized."
These people are topsy-turvy, and to think they want us to vote for them… Can you imagine what would happen if a Dray or an Autain had one ounce of power: the non-Muslims would be forced to comply with sharia, to hug the walls, and to shut their mouths, or risk assassination by the media, if not a trial for racism.
Note: Julian Dray's remarks about a "new France" are the most telling. He does not disguise the fact that France today, by design, is not traditional France. And he implies that you better get used to it because it's here to stay.