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Islamophobia Doesn’t Only Harm Muslims


It’s well known that Islamophobia effects non-Muslims as well, it hurts those who are perceived to be Muslims or friendly to Muslims, this includes: Sikhs, Hindus, Arab Christians, Turkish Atheists, Norwegian teenagers and others.

It also effects economic relationships, remember the Dubai Ports controversy? Now in Australia, after a concerted Islamophobic controversy, a South Australian company is set to lose its contract with an airline giant.

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Fleurieu Milk Company, and other South Australian food and drink manufacturers such as Vili’s and Coopers, have been targeted by Facebook pages like Halal Choices and Boycott Halal in Australia for their decision to pursue the certification. Halal is a term used by Muslims meaning the food has been prepared or slaughtered according to ­Islamic law.

Fleurieu Milk Company sales and marketing manager Nick Hutchinson said the decision to drop the halal certification would mean the Myponga-based dairy would lose a yoghurt supply deal with Emirates worth around $50,000 a year.

Mr Hutchinson said the decision was regrettable, but that the company had decided the possible damage to its brand outweighed the benefits of being halal certified.

“We’ve copped a pasting online,” he said.

“We saw the barrage of comments on these sites and the calls to boycott our products and decided it wasn’t worth it. I suppose we’ve given in to a vocal minority.

“It is important for people to realise that being a business owner in Australia can be challenging. In order to remain financially viable companies are forced to look to expand into new markets. Fleurieu Milk had the opportunity to supply Emirates airlines given they became halal approved. We decided the $1000 annual fee was worth it and proceeded.”

The anti-halal sites make a number of claims about the certification, including that it is essentially a religious tax that forces up the price of food, that it is cruel to slaughtered animals and that money could be used to fund Islamist terrorists overseas. The sites encourage consumers to boycott any products displaying the halal accreditation symbol.

Mr Hutchinson said he believed the anti-halal sites were wrong in targeting Australian food producers.

“Other company’s make tens of millions of dollars through being halal certified and cannot walk away like we have,” Mr Hutchinson said. “These business owners are true-blue Aussies bringing a lot of international dollars back into the local economy and would prefer not to pay the certification fee as well.

“The question must be asked: what is worse – paying the $1000 fee or making hundreds of employees around SA redundant?

“People will argue for both sides, but what we want people to ask themselves is ‘are you directing your anger in the right direction?’ Do these business owners, in our case the local farmers, deserve this or should you be petitioning above them to stop the fee having to be paid?”

Iconic pie and pastry manufacturer Vili’s confirmed the company had also been the target of the anti-halal group, but said it had no plans to bend to pressure from “hate mail and ignorant comments”.

A spokesman for Vili’s said the company had been halal certified since 1997, and that it had helped the company grow both in Australia and overseas.

“From a purely economic viewpoint, halal certification brings a lot of money into Australia,” the spokesman said.

“Vili’s also tries to be an ­inclusive company. We have no plans to change anything.” The spokesman said while he would never tell the Fleurieu Milk Company how to run its business, he hoped that the company “isn’t being influenced unnecessarily”.

“When you look at these sites you get the impression that a lot of the comments are written in the same voice and probably come from the same source,” he said. “A lot of it is very similar, suggesting that these sites might not be as strong as they say they are.”

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  • Sam Seed

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    for Islam in those days in the scheme
    of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the prophet,
    the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and
    followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in
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    surmounted every trouble.” [Young India (periodical), 1928, Volume

  • HSkol

    Hold on. His real name isn’t downwithpants? Oh jeepers, I’m so confused . . .

  • 1DrM

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  • Just_Stopping_By

    Ahh, a little internet searching shows me that “revising” has a meaning in British English that it does not have in American English: reviewing or studying. Across the Pond, revising is used solely in reference to editing or changing something such as a piece of written material. Hence, my initial confusion. We also have only one Math. 😉

    “They’re revolting,” thought the guy as the avalanche of pitchfork-waving peasants and smelly blue sewer materials came straight towards him.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Spanish. Should be revising History, Business, Maths, English but they’re very tedious.

    I’m not sure what I’d do a LW piece on: maybe the art of sarcasm. Or perhaps the art of creating a fake account on Facebook and trolling your friend. Hard.

    “everyday” or “every day”? Looks like that could use a little revising. 🙂
    I agree. It would probably be a lot more useful than wondering what the use of revolting implies in a headline when a sewer pipe has burst or what the colour blue signifies or wondering what’s going through a guy’s mind when there’s an avalanche coming straight towards him. But hey! C’est la vie and the government is stupid.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Revising? Revising what? A future LW piece?
    “everyday” or “every day”? Looks like that could use a little revising. 🙂

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    I will have you know, Emir JSB, that I have been revising for two hours everyday for the past week.

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