Public schools in Dearborn, Michigan, will now only serve meat that has been certified as halal by Islamic sharia law, in order to apparently save money.
The menu for the new school year in Dearborn Public Schools will remove the option of students to not eat halal meat, which will be “fresher, higher quality and more cost effective,” according to Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.
One concerned mother wrote to Maleyko asking why halal meat was being forced upon Dearborn students, noting clearly that “schools have never changed lunches to fit any other religious needs. If one needed a special diet due to religion or health, they did what all other students do, bring a lunch from home.”
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Maleyko wrote back, claiming that the decision was “based on operational considerations only, not religion. By implementing an all Halal meat option we have increased the number of students that we are serving… It would cost a lot more to provide both Halal and non-Halal meat.”
Writing in American Thinker, Pamela Geller excoriated the decision of Dearborn Public Schools, describing it as a “manifestation of the Left’s absolute march… towards exclusionary, supremacist practices”:
Dearborn Public Schools officials are demonstrating a totalitarian assuredness in the delusional comfort of enlightenment, diversity, and inclusion. They’re in for an unpleasant surprise… Dearborn’s policy is discriminatory against non-Muslim students of numerous perspectives, some having to do with different faith traditions… They may object to halal slaughter for humanitarian reasons or because they are concerned for animal rights. Evangelical Christians may consider it meat sacrificed to idols, as discussed in the New Testament. Jews are obliged to keep kosher, not eat halal food. Still others may object to the fact that many halal certification organizations have links to jihad terror groups. In light of all this, Dearborn should rescind its halal-only policy so as to make its schools truly inclusive and diverse, accepting of all students, not just Muslim students.
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Creeping Sharia, a blog that documents “news on the threat of Islamic sharia law and jihad to freedoms in the U.S., and beyond,” pointed out that because many Dearborn students receive free meals, the US federal government, and therefore US taxpayers, are funding the halal slaughter of animals.