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    Not enough, we want more!

    Paris mosque slams burger chain's Muslim outreach

    Note to big companies hoping to tap into France's lucrative but long-neglected Muslim consumer market: Pitfalls may await, and not only in the form of complaints from the far-right.

    As of this week, 22 outlets of popular French fast food chain Quick are serving burgers it says respect Islamic dietary law. And while many Muslims are delighted, the powerful main Paris Mosque complained Thursday that Quick's criteria aren't all-encompassing enough, and that the operation is meaningless.

    Quick's meat is certified as halal, but Cheikh Al Sid Cheikh, assistant to the rector of the Paris Mosque, said the burger chain should have had the other ingredients checked as well, from its mustard to buns to fries.

    "The rest must be validated too, or else there's no point," he told The Associated Press. Quick responded that it has no intention of making any of its restaurants halal through-and-through _ beer is still served there, for example, said spokeswoman Valerie Raynal.

    Such cultural sensitivities are new territory for many French companies. Until recently in France, a country obsessed with secularism, companies were hesitant to reach out to France's Muslim population, estimated to be 5 million, the largest in Europe.

    Quick, the No. 2 burger chain in France after McDonald's, is the latest group to enter the expanding French market for halal food, which has an estimated euro5.5 billion ($7 billion) in annual sales, according to a study by France's Solis marketing agency.

    Both the Casino supermarket chain and the Fleury Michon line of cold cuts have halal offerings. The Paris Mosque has high praise for Kentucky Fried Chicken France, which it says spent four months consulting with Muslim officials recently about its fare. The chain is a rarity in that it has offered halal food for years _ though it never trumpeted the fact.

    Part of companies' reticence may have been political. Quick's announcement prompted a torrent of negative commentary from the far right and from the rest of the political spectrum, with complaints that the company was forcing halal food on non-Muslims. Only about 6 percent of the chain's outlets have gone halal.

    The brouhaha over the burgers follows a debate on burqas, which France is preparing to ban _ a symbol of the country's insistence that integration is the only path for its minorities.

    Beyond the political chatter, the Paris Mosque's reaction highlights disagreement among France's Muslims about what foods are really halal, who is qualified to decide, and whether the certification agencies are rigorous enough in making sure that animals are slaughtered properly.

    Halal meat must come from animals that have been killed by a cut to the jugular vein. The animal's head is pointed toward Mecca, and a blessing is recited.

    Fateh Kimouche, founder of the French Muslim consumer Web site Al-Kanz, says most of the 40 to 50 outlets in France that provide halal certification aren't rigorous enough and don't have their own inspectors to verify that Islamic law is being respected.

    He says the situation is scandalous, calling it "halal-gate."

    "Up to 90 percent of meat marked 'halal' isn't really, and there are big names in French industry that are up to their necks in the problem," he said.

    Beyond that concern, he says Quick's decision will be a wake-up call to big business about how important the halal market is in France. Quick, for its part, says business has doubled in recent months at eight outlets that have already tested the concept.


    Paris mosque slams burger chain's Muslim outreach - Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 | 9:05 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun

    No good deed goes unpunished by Islam. The mosque roaches reflect the general Muslim incomprehension of concepts such as tolerance, respect, understanding, or compromise, other than weaknesses that the infidel must be conditioned to live with. In response, all we get day in and week out from the dregs of humanity is anger, outrage, threats, and a consuming demand for further accommodation.

    This franchise is owned by non-Muslims, and imho should not have submitted to dhimmitude in trying to please the Muslims. While I think they were wrong to do this, it doesn't matter because nothing they could do short of conversion would ever be good enough.

    This is a disgraceful demonstration of intolerance by those preaching tolerance to the foolish and naive and liberal minded. It is the tip of a large and menacing iceberg, and should warn decent Westerners that appeasement is only the first step on the one-way street to capitulation.

    It should be clear to the dimmest witted that Muslims only demand adherence to their culture, whilst demanding as a right that we do not ask them to adhere to ours. This attitude should be resisted as urgently as the GZM.

    Unfortunately, we cannot confront the god of Islamic demands until after we have rooted out and sent scurrying our own gods of multiculturalism and political correctness.

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    I don't understand why animal rights groups worldwide aren't up in arms about the method used to kill animals to render them halal.

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    Only goes to ilustrate just how backward these halal freaks really are!

    But no doubt the large corporates will jump on the money bandwagon as soon as the can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
    I don't understand why animal rights groups worldwide aren't up in arms about the method used to kill animals to render them halal.


    ,,,,Absolutely Dug. Can get away with anything these days if it has religio.
    I would hope that i still have an option down the road.

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    Poor Frenchies. There goes escargot and foie gras. Stupid, stupid gits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keda
    and imho should not have submitted to dhimmitude in trying to please the Muslims.
    I think you'll find it can quite easily be explained under the banner of 'profit motive'.

    One small part of the world which blessedly remains quite free of small town bigotry is food. Expose someone to another cultures food, and it will effect their cuisine. When we enjoy traditional Moslem favourites like kebabs and tandoori, I don't hear anyone from the National front decrying us for our self imposed dhimmitude. And a muzzie munching on a burger or KFC is hardly a victory for Gods moral army. Thats a relief.
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    Cheese burqua anyone?

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    It's the predictable Muslim response to nearly every "olive branch" or concession ever offered. They see themselves as the "exception" to any law or situation you can conceive of. After all, "it is ISLAM!!!" Fek these losers in the "tradesman's entrance"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by keda
    and imho should not have submitted to dhimmitude in trying to please the Muslims.
    I think you'll find it can quite easily be explained under the banner of 'profit motive'.

    One small part of the world which blessedly remains quite free of small town bigotry is food. Expose someone to another cultures food, and it will effect their cuisine. When we enjoy traditional Moslem favourites like kebabs and tandoori, I don't hear anyone from the National front decrying us for our self imposed dhimmitude. And a muzzie munching on a burger or KFC is hardly a victory for Gods moral army. Thats a relief.
    It's no more dhimmitude to eat Islamic food than treason to travel abroad or economic terrorism to buy a Jap TV.

    Profit motive is another story, and even billionaires will not turn their nose up at another few hundred millions here and there. Many people can see what the future offers in terms of money and career, and are prepared to sacrifice common decency for a butterfly net.

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    Bacon burqua then?

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    So what?
    A burger bar wants to attract Muslims?
    So why not.
    Isn't there a kosha Sainsbury's in Muswell Hill.
    I've said it before, business is business, and money and pussy is all that matters.
    How many corner shops in the UK are owned by Muslims and sell alcohol and pornography?
    Loads.
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