Should Christians Eat Halal Meat?

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Christians often ask me if they should eat halal meat (i.e., meat from animals that have been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic practice). Even in Western nations, meat at local markets is frequently “halal certified,” and not all packagers bother to label it as halal. Further, many Christians enjoy sharing meals with their Muslim friends, so dietary concerns may arise.

One may object to halal meat for a variety of reasons (e.g., the methods of slaughter that are employed, the serving of such meats to school children who don’t get a choice as to what their school serves for lunch, the Islamization of the meat industry, etc.). However, the question about Christians eating halal meat is usually based on a passage in 1 Corinthians 10. Muslims pronounce Islamic phrases (bismillah, “in the name of Allah,” and Allahu akbar, “Allah is greater”) over animals as they are slaughtered, so many Christians wonder if eating the meat of these animals is condemned by the Apostle Paul. Here’s the first part of the relevant passage:

1 Corinthians 10:14-22—Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?

Notice that Paul is specifically discussing meals that function as part of worship. He refers to the “Lord’s Supper,” in which Christians gather for a meal commemorating the sacrificial death of Jesus. He also mentions Jewish sacrifices, in which the person who brings the offering consumes a portion of the sacrifice (as do the priests).

Paul goes on to say that “the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God,” and that Christians “cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” Does this mean that Christians who eat halal meat are “partaking of the table of Allah,” so to speak? Let’s keep reading, because Paul clarifies the issue for us.

1 Corinthians 10:23-31—All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake; for the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains. If one of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go, eat anything that is set before you without asking questions for conscience’ sake. But if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake; I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks? Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Since Paul advises Christians to “eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake,” he obviously doesn’t care whether the animal has been slaughtered in the name of a false deity. He even says that it’s perfectly acceptable to join a pagan for a meal, knowing that the meat may have been slaughtered as a sacrifice to a pagan deity.

Paul’s concern is when the meal is eaten as part of worship, and the impact this may have on new or weak Christians who have been raised to think of the idols as objects of worship. Indeed, Paul’s remark about the “table of demons” is connected to chapter 8, where he refers to “dining in an idol’s temple” (1 Corinthians 8:10). Such meals were part of the worship of idols, and if new or weak Christians see Christians eating in the temples of idols, they may be tempted to join in the worship of the idols.

The situation is quite different at a market or at a private home. Obviously, if I don’t ask questions at the meat market or I don’t ask questions at a person’s home, I can’t be involved in the worship of a false god by consuming meat, because nothing about the deity has been mentioned to me. Yet if a new Christian, who thinks of the meat as part of the worship, tells me that the animal was sacrificed to an idol, he is clearly concerned about the religious connotations of the meal. As such, I cannot eat the meat, because “by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ” (1 Corinthians 8:12).

Applying these principles to the question of halal meat, an important difference becomes apparent. Although Islamic phrases are recited over the animals when they are slaughtered, this isn’t the sort of sacrificial worship Paul discusses in 1 Corinthians. “Halal” simply means “allowed” or “permissible,” not “sacred.” Halal meat has met basic requirements for being consumed by Muslims. This doesn’t mean it was prepared as part of Islamic worship.

But even if we view halal meat as somehow sacrificed to Allah, this shouldn’t be a concern, because the god of the Qur’an, like the idols of Corinth, is nothing. Hence, Christians should have no religious objection to eating halal meat, whether in a store, at a restaurant, or at the home of a Muslim friend. The only exception would be if we are in the presence of Christians who are sincerely bothered by the eating of halal meat, because they think of it as somehow honoring Allah. In such cases, Paul says that we shouldn’t eat the meat (1 Corinthians 8:13).

Again, there may be other concerns about halal meat. One may object to the treatment of the animals or to the application of Sharia principles in Western industries. But if we are wondering whether Paul says that we are sinning by eating halal meat, we can see that his only warnings for us are: (1) Don’t eat halal meat as part of any worship towards Allah, and (2) Don’t eat halal meat if a new or weak Christian is bothered by it. Apart from those cases, the general rule is that “everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).

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Nigeria: Boko Haram jihadists torch 185 churches

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Oddly enough, they didn’t torch any mosques, even though, as everyone knows, they have nothing to do with Islam.

“Nigeria: Boko Haram Torch 185 Churches in Captured Towns of Borno and Adamawa,” by Jack Moore, International Business Times, October 6, 2014 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

A prominent Nigerian reverend has revealed Islamist terror group Boko Haram destroyed over 180 churches in the West African country following its capture of towns and villages in the north-eastern states of Borno and Adamawa.

Reverend Gideon Obasogie, the director of Catholic Social Communication of Maiduguri Diocese in Borno State, said the group’s seizure of territory in both states has seen 185 churches torched and over 190,000 people displaced by their insurgency.

In his statement, Obasogie said Boko Haram’s “ransacking and torching” of churches had forced priests to leave their homes for two months while displaced civilians were still unable to return to their towns and villages.

He added the destruction of churches was “sad, heart-aching and potentially dangerous to the territorial integrity and common good of Nigeria.”

“It is over 30 days now that our church communities in Gulak, Shuwa, Michika, Bazza were ransacked by the callous attacks of the Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement said.

“Our priests are displaced, while citizens…are counting their losses and regrets as they have been reduced to the status of Internally Displaced Persons [IDP]. Where is the freedom?”

“Life is really terribly difficult. We are waiting eagerly to go back home, even as it is obvious that we are going to [have to] reconstruct our looted and burnt houses and ecclesial structures.

“We have been sleeping in uncompleted buildings, camps and school premises. We have been absorbed into houses of relations and friends in [their] sixties and seventies.”

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election in February next year, has been increasingly criticised for his inaction against the terror group.

In April, the terror group – which wishes to expand its “caliphate” in north-eastern Nigeria – kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in the village of Chibok, bringing global attention to the West African nation’s fight against terrorism.

Both states, plus Yobe State, have been placed under a state of emergency since May last year.

According to Human Rights Watch, the militants have killed at least 2,053 people since the beginning of 2014.

Supreme Court to hear case of Obama-backed Muslim prisoner who wants prison rules on beards changed

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“The state responds that inmate beards could pose a security risk to guards and the public.” Safety? Pah! Islam must be accommodated! Wherever Islamic law and American law conflict, American law must give way — and the Obama Administration will fight for that.

“Justices to debate prisoner’s religious right to grow a beard,” by Bill Mears, CNN, October 2, 2014:

(CNN) — An Arkansas inmate seeks to exercise what he says is a key tenet of his faith, but corrections officials cite security concerns in their refusal to accommodate. The issue comes down to a half-inch beard, and this claim of religious liberty within prison walls will now be debated by the Supreme Court.

The justices will kick off the first week of their new term with a one-hour oral argument Tuesday. The case will be another major test of the government’s ability to justify a range of policies that might restrict religious accommodation — from the Obamacare health law to workplace hiring.

Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, is a Muslim who filed a handwritten petition with the high court. He cites rights under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, or RLUIPA.

The state responds that inmate beards could pose a security risk to guards and the public: Prisoners who escape could shave their facial hair, altering their appearance. And weapons and other contraband could be hidden in heavy beards or inside their cheeks, covered by facial hair.

Current Arkansas prison policy allows only a “neatly trimmed mustache.”

The Obama administration is backing Holt, and some legal analysts say that could ultimately sway the justices, who have traditionally been deferential to the security judgments of prison officers….

But in his self-initiated plea to the justices, Holt complained that he and fellow Muslims were forced “to either obey their religious beliefs and face disciplinary action on the one hand, or violate those beliefs in order to acquiesce” to the facial hair policy.

He cited the Hadith — literary traditions and sayings of the Prophet Mohammed — which says, “Allah’s Messenger said, ‘Cut the mustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).’ ” Holt said he offered to keep his beard to a half-inch as a “compromise,” but that was rejected.

The U.S. Justice Department has offered its support, saying more than 40 states and the federal correctional system allow beards of varying lengths.

“When Congress enacted RLUIPA, it made clear that courts should accord deference to prison administrators’ considered judgments about how to run safe and efficient prisons,” Obama administration lawyers told the court in a written brief. “Congress also made clear, however, that such deference is not due when a prison justifies a restriction based on exaggerated fears or mere speculation.”

The state obviously sees things differently. Holt is housed at the Varner Supermax, a 468-bed, ultra-maximum security section of the correctional facility in Grady, Arkansas, near Pine Bluff.

Officials point to Inmate 129-616’s self-admission as a “Yemen-trained Muslim fundamentalist” with a violent criminal past. He had been indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening to harm then-President George W. Bush’s two daughters.

A few years later, he was convicted in state court and sentenced to life in prison for breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend and severely wounding her, slitting her throat and stabbing her in the chest.

Law enforcement officials say he threatened to wage “jihad” against anyone who helped convict him, both at trial and later behind bars.

So state leaders had a simple message for the courts: Allow us room to decide which restrictions work best within each institution’s unique circumstances.

“Prisons are dangerous places … officials create rules intended to strike a delicate balance between safety and security, on the one hand, and giving inmates a sense of dignity and achieving rehabilitative goals, on the other hand,” said the Arkansas brief to the high court. Corrections officials take “religious freedom seriously,” but they also take seriously their “paramount interests in safety and security, too.”…

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Military Videos of the World – Memorial Day Free Meal, Sales, Discounts & Deals 2014

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Memorial Day free meals, discounts, deals and sales for veterans and the military plus offers for everybody.

2014 Memorial Day Discounts for Veterans, Retired and Active Duty Military

Bluestar Museums – Free Admission to over 1,800 museums
More than 1,800 museums across America offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

California’s Great America Free Admission
Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 -26, free admission to active or retired U.S. service men and women, including veterans, with a valid military I.D. Up to six (6) family members accompanying service personnel can get tickets for just $19.99. On Saturday Boomerang Bay opens, Sunday there will be a fireworks extravaganza and on Monday there will be color guard presentation and an all-you-can-eat BBQ ($14.99).

California State Parks
Free admission to veterans and active duty and reserve military personnel on Memorial Day, May 26 2014.

Forever 21 Military Discount
15% off for the military, in store only. Offer valid 05.21.14 – 05.26.14. Offer valid on regular priced items only. Purchaser must present a valid military identification card at the time of purchase.

Free Admission – Many local places are providing free admission to active duty military and veterans this Memorial Day weekend. Call ahead to confirm but parks, zoos, aquariums, amusement parks, museums, concerts, events and much more are providing free admission and discounts to family members this Memorial Day weekend.

Hooters 10 Free Wings
Monday, May 26, military veterans, active duty military & spouses can enjoy 10 free wings at Hooters locations across the U.S.

Home Depot
A 10% discount is offered to all military veterans on Memorial Day to all veterans up to a maximum of $500. A year round 10% discount is available at all U.S. locations to active duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Must present a valid military ID. Unfortunately Home Depot does not accept state ID cards with veterans designation (some locations may). Note: Home Depot has unfortunately removed the military discount policy from their website while keeping the discount intact.

King’s Dominion Free Admission
May 24 -26 & July 4-5 free park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. Located in Doswell, VA.

Knott’s Berry Farm Free Admission
Free Admission for Active, Retired or Veteran U.S. Military Personnel May 24-26, 2014. Includes Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City. Show your valid Military I.D. at the ticket booth to get your free admission ticket. Good for one ticket per valid Military I.D.

Long John Silver’s Free Combo Veterans and active duty service members get a free combo meal on Memorial Day, May 26.  Must bring coupon.

Lowes
All Veterans receive a 10% discount on Memorial Day. This is not to be confused with the Everyday 10% Military Discount which is available to those who are currently serving, Retired Veterans, or VA Recipients and their immediate family. See link for official rules.

Shoney’s Free Burger
Free All-American Burger to all veterans and active duty service members on Monday, May 26, 2014.

Tommy Bahama
Valid on 5/17 only at any US Tommy Bahama Restaurant. In honor of Armed Forces Day, active and retired members of the U.S. Military eat free* all day long! Complimentary entrée with the purchase of at least 1 additional entrée. Valid U.S. Military ID required.

Twin Peaks Eat Free
Monday, May 26, Twin Peaks will pick up the check for all Veterans and current military personnel and treat them to a complimentary meal.

Under Armour Online Military & Veteran 15% Discount & Free Shipping
From May 24th to May 3ost veterans and active duty service members receive 15% off plus free shipping with a valid TroopID. See here for details on how to get a TroopID and receive the 15% discount.

Wendy’s Free Waffle Cone
On Monday, May 26 from 12 PM to 8 PM everybody gets a free waffle cone.

Below are last years offers.  2014 offers will be posted once they are announced.

2014 Memorial Day Sales & Discounts for Everybody

6 PM Memorial Day Sale
Starting at 65% off site wide. Begins May 26 and ends May 28.

Amazon
Save up 60% on women’s, men’s, girls’, boys’ shoes and handbags.

Ace Hardware
Shop the Ace Hardware Memorial Day event Friday, May 23 through Monday May, 26.

Aeropostale Memorial Day Sale
Aeropostale Memorial Day Sale: 50% off everything. Plus, $20 off $100 with promo code SALUTE.

American Eagle
50% off your clearance items + Free Shipping.

Bebe
50% off already reduced merchandise.

Best Buy Kickoff to Summer Event
May 15 – 31, 2014 Memorial Day event. 15-25% off appliances, discounts on electronics plus many more deals.

Bloomingdale’s
Extra 20% off sale and clearance items with promo code TAKE20. Ends 5/26/14.

Cabela’s Memorial Day Celebration
Save on summer essentials.

Dairy Queen
Buy 1 fruit smooth and get a second for .99 cents thru 5/25/14.

Dicks’s Memorial Day Deals
Get Memorial day deals at Dick’s.

Express
40% off through Monday May 26.

Gap
40% off regular price styles (Restrictions apply). Offer valid from May 22, 2014 at 12:00am ET through May 26, 2014 at 11:59pm ET online and in stores in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).

H & M
Memorial Day Deal with up to 70% off select styles. Ends 5/26.

Home Depot Memorial Week Sale
Discounts on 100s of items.

J Crew
25% off packing picks for women, men, girls, and boys use code PACKME until May 24.

Jamba Juice Buy 1 Get 1 Free
Buy 1 get 1 free through 5/26/14.

JC Penney
In store or Online: 15% off original, sale and clearance prices; Online promo code SUNNYDAY.

Joe’s Jeans
30% off storewide with promo code: HONOR.

Kmart Memorial Day Sale
Online Only. Memorial Day Sale. Offer valid 5/23/14 – 5/26/14.

Kohl’s
$10 off your next purchase of $25 or more. Friday, May 23 – Monday, May 26. Promo code HONOR10. Valid in store and online.

Lord & Taylor Sale
Memorial Day offers from Lord & Taylor. 20% Off Sale & Clearance w/ Code: MEMDAY. Expires 5/26/13.

Lowe’s Memorial Day Sale
Memorial Day savings through Mon. May 26. Active duty military get 10% off year round and veterans get 10% off on Memorial Day.

Macys Memorial Day Sale
15% to 10% off home and select departments. 25% off online clearance items. Use promo code MEMDAY. End Mon. 5/26/14.

Neiman Marcus Last Call
Memorial Day Sale now through May 28. Extra 50% off all clearance items.

Old Navy
Online and In Stores, Memorial Day Sale up to 50% off through Memorial Day. Free shipping everyday.

Premium Outlets
Memorial Day Weekend Sale, Fri – Mon, May 23 – 26.

Sears Memorial Day Sales & Value
Online and in store. Ends Tuesday, May 27.

Sports Authority
25% off a single item. 5/23/14 – 5/26/14.

Waffle House Free Bacon
Get one free regular order of bacon thru May 30, 2014 with coupon.

Walmart Memorial Day Sale
Walmart Memorial Day Online Specials savings event.

Wyndham Memorial Day Deals
Now through May 26, 2014, book at least 7 days in advance for stays between March 14, 2014, and May 27, 2014, at a participating Wyndham resort or hotel and get up to a 25% discount off the best available rate!