Taxpayer Funds Used to Pay a Premium for Halal Food in U.S. Schools

Taxation for Islamization, via Federal Government Subsidizes Halal Food in Public Schools

In recent years, three American public school districts have provided taxpayer-supported lunches meeting Muslim students’ dietary standards. They have not similarly provided lunches satisfying any other students’ religious standards. The halal foods purchased with public funds are costlier than comparable non-halal foods.

This is problematic under the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment [1] and Equal Protection [2] Clauses. Even if a school district endeavors to provide all students with food satisfying each one’s religious requirements, it would arguably entangle the government in religious observance and so violate the separation of “church” and state. If a school district goes out of its way to provide food satisfying the religious requirements of only some [3] students, but not others, it risks illegally giving them unequal advantages and elevating [4] their religion over others. This is especially so given that the school food is paid for at least partly with public funds [5], although the schools have been reluctant to reveal how much tax money is involved.

The Halal Programs

Public schools in Dearborn [6], Michigan, first began offering halal lunches in 2001 [7]. That winter, the school district invited “proposals [8] from halal food distributors to provide food at several of its 28 public schools,” and began a pilot program [9]. Presently, according to David Mustonen, director of community and public relations for Dearborn Public Schools: “All schools have a halal option [10] five days a week.”

Dearborn Heights’ Crestwood School District started a halal food pilot program in 2013-14 [11]. Last year, Crawford High School in San Diego operated a pilot program [12] offering a halal lunch option twice a week.

Legislators in both New York City and New York state have proposed mandating public schools [9] to serve halal [13] food.  In February 2014, New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal [7] introduced a resolution [14] requiring New York City schools “to provide a halal lunch menu option.” Three [15] separate [16] bills [17] have been introduced in the New York State Assembly during the current (2015-16) term that would require public schools in big cities to offer halal lunch options. One [15] of them requires that the food be provided to Muslim students “at no cost.”

Media stories about lobbying efforts to serve halal food in New York City and San Diego public schools largely framed the issue as one of poor Muslim children going hungry because government-funded public schools failed to provide food satisfying their religious requirements (e.g., for San Diego: here [18], here [19], and here [12]; for New York City: here [13] and here [7]).

The articles presumed parents could not or would not provide lunches, or argued that unheated packaged lunches were insufficient to enable children to learn effectively. Adds David Loy, legal director of the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties, “The [San Diego] school district has a valid secular purpose of promoting equal educational opportunity by ensuring that low-income students eat lunch and therefore learn more effectively.”  New York City’s proposed legislation [14] shares these assumptions.

The coverage has also focused on meat. Articles typically presume that supplying halal meals equates to serving meat meals, although one story about Dearborn Heights [20] indicated the school district was offering more vegetarian options in addition to meat, and one about San Diego [19] commented that salad dressings are sometimes not halal.

Other Religions Excluded

The Middle East Forum asked Mustonen whether Dearborn makes kosher or other religiously compliant meals available to students. He responded only: “If there were a demand for kosher lunches (hot or cold) the district would consider that as an option.” In other words, no. Neither San Diego nor Crestwood (Dearborn Heights) responded to any questions about whether they provide food satisfying non-Islamic religious requirements. The legislation pending in New York City and state does not require public schools to satisfy religious dietary requirements of non-Muslims. For instance, they are not required to offer kosher meals, despite New York’s historically large Jewish population.

While the Forum cannot conclusively say that no public school lunch programs in the country benefit students of other religions having dietary restrictions, several public school districts that have traditionally had large Jewish populations were contacted for this article. Districts contacted include: New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Lawrence School District (Nassau County, New York), Lower Merion (Pennsylvania), Shaker Heights (Ohio), West Bloomfield (Michigan), and School District 68 and Township High School District 113 (Skokie/Highland Park, Illinois).

They uniformly responded that they do not offer kosher lunches. New York City, Baltimore, Lawrence School District, and School District 68 offer a few items, such as juice, marked kosher. Philadelphia and Chicago have eliminated pork products from their menus, and Cleveland has cut back on pork products.

Government Funds Used to Pay a Premium for Halal Food

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the federal [21] government pays for free lunches for all students (i.e., free to students, paid for by the federal government) at a school if more than 40% [22] of its students come from low-income homes.

Crawford qualifies for free lunches for all students, according to Loy.

Dearborn declined to provide details about the number and percentage of its students participating in the federal lunch program, but as of 2011, approximately 60% of its students qualified [23] for federal help. A number of Dearborn schools, if not the whole district, likely qualify for lunches free to all students courtesy of the federal government under the new federal policy. In any case, it receives millions [24] of federal dollars each year for free and reduced-price lunches.

Crestwood (Dearborn Heights) also declined to provide information, but data suggest Crestwood also meets the 40% threshold for universal access to free lunches. As of 2009-10 [25], 46% of Crestwood High School’s 1,260 students received subsidized lunches, and as of 2014, 62% [26] of them did.

Halal meat costs more than non-halal meat. Asked about the Dearborn program’s cost, Mustonen responded only, “Any increase in cost is off-set by an increase in revenue.” He provided no details, and the source of the increased revenue is unexplained.

Reportedly, halal meals for the Dearborn program cost the district 20% [6]30% [27] more per meal than equivalent non-halal meals. Significant dollars are involved: the Dearborn school district contracted to pay $228,000 [27] for halal meat. The time period covered by the contract was not provided.

Neither San Diego nor Crestwood (Dearborn Heights) school district responded to inquiries on the respective program’s cost or any other issue.

Before beginning its pilot program, the San Diego school district reportedly [18] spent “$16 million a year on 22 million meals for students, but adding a halal menu could be a considerable extra cost…  the meat is a bit pricey because it is considered hard to come by.” A later story about the San Diego halal program mentioned increased cost only in the context of the food being organic [12], not in the context of it being halal.  It gave no specifics, other than stating organic drumsticks cost “a few extra cents.” Like Mustonen, Gary Petill [12], food services director of San Diego Unified School District, stated that increased participation — paid for by the federal government — covered the increased cost.

Demand for school lunches at Crawford has increased by about 300 [12] meals (it is unclear whether that figure represents the additional number of meals per week, or the number of additional students participating in the twice-weekly halal lunch option), the cost of which is borne by the federal government, not by parents or students.  Not all additional participants are Muslim; the breakdown of Muslim as compared to non-Muslim new participants is not known.

Crestwood (Dearborn Heights) food service director Lori Squire did not respond to an inquiry for this article but has reportedly said a maximum of 20% [11] of students who buy their meals opt for the halal chicken patty option. It is unclear to what extent federal funds subsidize those lunches.

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To sum up, three American school districts are providing Muslim students with food meeting their religious requirements. Dearborn is not doing the same for students of other religions, such as Jews. San Diego and Dearborn Heights ignored questions about how students of other religions are treated.  New York City and state are considering legislation that would require schools to provide halal food but not food meeting any other religious requirements. The halal food costs more than comparable non-religiously prescribed food. It is paid for in part or in whole with millions of dollars in federal funds.

In effect, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, and San Diego appear to have established Islam as an official religion, whose rituals are endorsed by the government and paid for with public funds. New York City and New York state may join them.

UNC’s ‘Literature of 9/11’ course sympathizes with Muslim terrorists

neel-ahuja-truther

Neel Ahuja

Source: UNC’s ‘Literature of 9/11’ course sympathizes with terrorists, paints U.S. as imperialistic – The College Fix

An English class offered at UNC Chapel Hill this fall called “Literature of 9/11” explores the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from the perspective of radical Islamists and those who view America as an imperialist nation.

The reading assignments for the class, which includes poems, memoirs and graphic novels, present terrorists in a sympathetic light and American political leaders as greedy, war hungry and corrupt, according to a review by The College Fix.

The readings mostly focus on justifying the actions of terrorists – painting them as fighting against an American regime, or mistaken idealists, or good people just trying to do what they deem right. None of the readings assigned in the freshman seminar present the Sept. 11 attacks from the perspective of those who died or from American families who lost loved ones.

“ENGL 72: Literature of 9/11” is taught by Neel Ahuja, an associate professor of English, comparative literature, and geography at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“Neel grew up in Topeka, Kansas. He studied transnational cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego and gender studies at Northwestern University, where he was a student organizer and labor solidarity activist,” according to his online faculty bio.

Ahuja did not respond to several emails from The College Fix seeking comment. Jim Gregory, UNC’s director of media relations, said in a telephone interview that the university does not have an official stance on the class.

First-year seminars are often esoteric in nature, and typically hone in on narrow and unique topics. They are meant to introduce new students to college-level courses, and “offer an introduction to the intellectual life of the university and focus on how scholars pose problems, discover truths, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge,” UNC’s website states.

Other seminars this fall at UNC include designing robots with Legos, the relationship between humans and animals, race and ethnic relations in the U.S., and even animals in Japanese folklore.

As for “Literature of 9/11,” its online description states it aims to “explore representations of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath in literature and popular culture.”

To that end, the class covers a wide variety of readings, according to a list detailed by the campus bookstore’s website.

In the Shadow of No Towers is a collection of 9/11 comics by celebrated graphic artist Art Speigelman, who witnessed the attacks from his home in lower Manhattan. None of his family died in the attack, but Speigelman told Democracy Now he felt anger at how the incident was turned into a patriotic rallying cry, and his Towers work is an extension of those emotions.

The horrors his family survived that morning “were only the beginning for Spiegelman, as his anguish was quickly displaced by fury at the U.S. government, which shamelessly co-opted the events for its own preconceived agenda,” according to the book’s Amazon description.

An online database of professor salaries maintained by the News & Observer states Ahuja’s annual salary is $72,100.

Oklahoma Univ’s arch dean apologizes for wearing Muslim garb after a couple of Muslims complain

It’s not like he equated Muslim terrorists to Nazi’s, he just put on Wahhabi jihadist clothing. via OU Architecture dean apologizes for offense caused by attire – OUDaily.com: News. h/t BNI

The dean of OU’s College of Architecture issued an apology Monday for wearing clothing associated with Islam at a back-to-school meeting.

A photo on the College of Architecture’s Facebook page that has since been deleted showed Dean Charles Graham wearing a white thawb and a red keffiyeh on his head at the meeting on Aug. 20.

In his apology, he said he purchased the garments when he went to Dubai. According to the apology, he asked “a number of [his] Muslim friends around campus and in Norman to see if [his] wearing the attire would be offensive in any religious way,” to which the answers were “all resoundingly ‘no.'”

OU press secretary Corbin Wallace told The Daily in an email that three or four people anonymously contacted the president’s office regarding Graham’s attire. He said Graham took an appropriate step in emailing the apology to faculty and staff.

Graham described himself as “always striving to be inclusive and considerate of others in every context” in his apology, and said his Muslim friends thought wearing the attire would be “a nice gesture of diversity and acceptance of other cultures.”

The College of Architecture has a study abroad program in Dubai which explores building design and construction within the city. The program has sent more than 30 students there in the past couple of years, Graham said in his apology.

Graham welcomes anyone who wants to discuss the matter with him, according to his apology, but declined to comment to The Daily when staff attempted both to call him and to speak with him in person.


Groveling dhimmitude. Apology letter at the link above.

churchill-appeaserUpdate: The groveling continues as OU tries to spin it with, No ‘religious battle’ over Middle Eastern attire, OU dean says

“It’s not a religious issue by any stretch as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

However, a leader with the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma (CAIR-OK) chapter, thinks otherwise.

He may not think or want it to be a battle about religion, but Muslims think quite differently. Muslims battle for every inch. They take advantage of every weakness. They are relentless. To them this is a religious battle – and they won. A few anonymous emails or calls and they forced an apology. It won’t stop there.

Even the terrorist-named and HAMAS-linked, sharia-supporting CAIR says it’s about religion. And they want this dhimmi to keep proselytizing. Look for the dean to partner with the known terror-linked group in the future to spread awareness about Islam in the near future.

Penn: Senator calls on Lincoln Univ. to discipline ISIS-defending Muslim professor

via Senator calls on university to discipline ‘rogue’ professor.

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams on Monday called on the administration of Lincoln University to discipline a rogue professor whose anti-gay, victim-shaming, and terrorist-defending social media posts have drawn international scorn to the university.

Sen. Williams

In a letter to Lincoln Interim President Dr. Richard Green, Williams said Professor Kaukab Siddique “continues to cross the boundaries, adding no value to the popular conversation on race, rape culture or LGBT rights” and, most shockingly, for defending ISIS against charges of terrorism by dismissing reports of rape and ethnic cleansing as “propaganda.” Siddique‘s 2010 statements denying the holocaust led to similar protest but were deemed protected by academic freedom.

Kaukab Siddique

Williams urged the university to conduct an inquiry to determine whether Siddique has violated the university’s professional conduct code. He pointed to Siddique’s repeated denial of historical facts as evidence of his professional incompetence, which could be grounds for his removal.

“Is it not professionally incompetent to deny historical fact, or to voice support for wholesale discrimination against large swaths of people? His words, broadcast widely, have created a hostile environment for all Lincoln University students, particularly during a time in which an increase in sexual assault cases coupled with recent media reports exhibiting persistent racial harassment on college campuses have led to a national demand for universities to address student safety and intolerance,” he wrote.

“It is my firm belief that Dr. Siddique has failed to maintain these standards, in that the publicity generated from his online discourse may cause a negative financial impact on Lincoln due to decreased enrollment and that students under his supervision may be discriminated against, or perceive they have been discriminated against, due to their gender, religion or sexual identity,” Williams wrote.

Lincoln University officials on Tuesday declined to comment on the Williams statement.

Lincoln University is the first degree-granting historically black university in the United States and boasts former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall among its graduates.

“This historic distinction of defending the rights of society’s most vulnerable and unfairly maligned groups is at the core of Lincoln’s mission, making Siddique’s comments all the more harmful,” said Williams in a separate statement. “Do we really want someone who rushes to the defense of terrorists or refers to rape victims and LGBT individuals in a derogatory manner shaping the minds of our best and brightest students?”

“Academic freedom is certainly important, but so is academic integrity,” Williams’ letter concluded. “Allowing a member of your faculty to continue spreading hateful, vile lies in the public arena is irresponsible; to protect him from any form of discipline for such actions is unconscionable.”

 

California: Muslim arrested in online threat to UC Santa Cruz

via Man arrested in online threat to UC Santa Cruz.

SANTA CRUZ >> A 25-year-old Santa Cruz man was arrested Wednesday in an online threat of an explosion at UC Santa Cruz, UCSC police said.

There was no explosion, but the post “referenced creating explosives, homicide, suicide and a past university shooting,” said UCSC Police Chief Nader Oweis.

The man is not a UCSC student and made the remarks anonymously online, Oweis said. Oweis said police take such reports “very seriously and investigates them to their fullest extent.”

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, a father of a UCSC student spotted the post and reported it to police, Oweis said.

Authorities tracked the post to Ayman Kareem Hawari on the 600 block of Pacific Avenue, according to Oweis and jail records. Hawari was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats and resisting arrest, Oweis said.

Hawari was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail after midnight, Oweis said. Officers have not found a connection between him and the university, Oweis said.

“The post didn’t target any individuals, though it included general threats against two campus colleges, Oakes and Porter,” Oweis said.

Other people also contacted police with concerns about the online post, Oweis said. Police have not yet said on which website it appeared.

 

Alabama: U.S. Embassy Brings Muslim Students from Morocco to Space Camp

Your tax dollars are funding trips for Muslim students from foreign countries to the U.S.  via Video: Moroccan Students at Space Camp Exploring Huntsville, U.S.AMorocco World News.

Five Moroccan high school students won a contest to travel to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama! See them fly on a plane for the first time, check in to Space Camp, and explore Huntsville in the summertime. Stay tuned for more video this week!

 Apparently there weren’t five students in Alabama or elsewhere in the U.S. who would have benefited from the experience. Or because, like NASA, the goal is now outreach to Muslim countries.

UC Berkeley students: Chattanooga jihad justified, nothing to do with Islam

Muslim: “There are legitimate targets everywhere.” (that means all Americans)

With people like those in the video becoming a majority in the coming decades, along with unfettered mass immigration, the future for America is very dim.via Berkeley students: Chattanooga shooting justified, racist to call shooter Muslim – Examiner.com. h/t TROP

In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, students at the University of California in Berkeley told filmmaker Ami Horowitz that the shooting at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, recruiting station was “legitimate.” Moreover, students said that referring to the shooter as a Muslim is racist.

“The attack in Chattanooga, was that a little more legitimate because they were soldiers?” Horowitz asked. Students he asked said yes and explained why.

“Some people would say that a military installation or institution, even including recruiting centers, that is a legitimate military target,” one student said. The man went on to say that “some people” would consider the 9/11 terror attacks to also be legitimate. Some 3,000 people died in the attacks that took down the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

“If you get caught with your pants down it’s unfortunate,” another student said. His female companion agreed, adding, “Yep – I feel like they put themselves in that situation – they know what they’re getting themselves into.”

“If a man is in a U.S. military army uniform….police officer, if they can drone me that’s a legitimate target, he’s asking for it,” said a third student. “There are legitimate targets everywhere,” a Muslim student remarked.

The students interviewed expressed absolutely no remorse for the five service members killed in the attack. Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson said they were “quick” to defend against allegations that Islam played a role. The shooter, identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, was texting Islamic verses to friends hours before the shooting, Watson added. One message read: “This life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to Allah may pass you by.”

But students dismissed any notion that Islam played a role. “You cannot blame the religion for that,” one person said. Another said Christians commit just as many attacks. When pressed, both were unable to cite a single attack by a Christian. One student mentioned the Crusades, conflicts that were over long before the United States came into existence.

“When a newscaster says a terrorist attack happened, and the guy was Muslim, is that racist?” Horowitz asked. All of the students in the video said yes, despite the fact that “Islam” is not a race.

“I have to admit, this is one of the first times that I thought the students would never go this far,” Horowitz said. “I guess I was wrong. There is truly no limit to their anti-American sentiments.”

 

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