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.

Obama wins mercy for terrorist Palestinian Authority, judge fails American victims

via Team Obama wins mercy for a sponsor of terrorism

Back in February, a Manhattan federal jury sent a critical message about holding the perpetrators of terror responsible: It found the Palestinian Authority liable for six attacks and assessed $218.5 million in damages.

But on Monday, thanks to Team Obama, that message was all but obliterated.

After an unusual intercession by the State and Justice departments, the judge hearing the case ordered the PA to post $10 million cash plus another $1 million a month as a bond while the case is appealed.

That’s a far cry from the $30 million a month the victorious plaintiffs had sought. And it’s a pittance next to what most other defendants would have to post.

The jurors held the PA responsible for attacks from 2002 to 2004 that killed 33 and wounded 400 others. The plaintiffs — 10 US families directly affected by the terrorism — showed that the PA employed the perps and made payments to suicide bombers’ families.

The usual appeals bond is 111 percent of the verdict — which in this case would be $655 million, since the amount is tripled under the 1992 US Anti-Terrorism Act.

But the administration pushed Judge George Daniels not to hit the PA too hard for fear it might collapse and endanger “a two-state solution” to the Middle East conflict.

So Daniels wound up assessing exactly what the PA said it could pay. That token amount probably won’t even cut into the PA’s subsidy of convicted terrorists — payments one official likened to “Social Security.”

Will the administration now try to overturn the whole verdict by saying the PA can’t afford to pay the damages?

Actually, the larger question is: How did US policy sink to the absurdity of relying on the terror-sponsoring Palestinian Authority as a vehicle for peace?

Minnesota: State and city taxpayers lose big on Somali-Muslim daycare fraud

Source: Minnesota state and city taxpayers lose big on Somali-run daycare fraud | Alpha News. h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch

Since the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) fully-staffed their new child care fraud investigative unit in the spring of 2014, they’ve worked with the FBI to shutter daycare centers around the state.  Of the cases that have hit the news since then, all have involved Somali-run businesses.

Khadra Abdisafad Hirsi, 47, was the director and co-owner of Ace Daycare Center in Eden Prairie.   In February, Hirsi pleaded guilty to knowingly submitting fraudulent claims to the state of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program. From November of 2011-May of 2013, Hrisi inflated the number of children using her daycare’s services and fraudulently obtained $300,000 in payments from the state of Minnesota and the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services. Earlier this month Hirsi was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution.

Hiris

Hirsi, who also goes by the name of Khadra Duale, was employed by the City of

Eden Prairie as a part-time community services technician, also known as the immigrant liaison, from October 2003-September 2011, she was also part-time staff at the Eden Prairie community center.  Hirsi was paid $284,944 in salary and $35,806 in health and dental benefits by the city during that time.  She co-owned the Ace Daycare in Eden Prairie with her husband Mohamed F. Arab, although there were no charges against him.   The Eden Prairie news called Hirsi and her husband “leaders in the Somali community” in a 2009 video interview featuring the couple.  They filed for bankruptcy this summer according to public records.

The Ace Daycare building was leased to to Hirsi by the city of Eden Prairie starting in September 2010, while she was still working for the city. The lease was transferred in October of 2013 to Roda Farrah Moahmed, owner of Light House Daycare.  In March of 2015, the city renewed the lease to Lighthouse which will run through October 2020. Lighthouse is licensed with the state of Minnesota, and was fined $400 in March of this year by the state for failing to submit background studies for multiple staff members

Deqo daycare center, which had three locations in Apple Valley, St. Paul, and Minneapolis was shut down in 2013 due to licensing violations and prosecutors charged  husband and wife Ahmed Aden Mohamed and Yasmin Abdulle Ali for bilking the state out of nearly $3.7 million, $3.1 million of which was collected from April 2012-January 2013.  The duo had recruited more than 100 parents to enroll their own children in the program.

Salama Child Care Center in Minneapolis was raided in May of this year by the FBI and state agents. Salama is run by Ardo Diriye whose daughter Farah Adid is the Director of Operations and is “also licensed to provide standardized day care and preschool curriculum.” Per KSTP News, the search warrant indicated that there was a large discrepancy between the number of children attending and the number receiving state funds.  The investigation is ongoing and includes suspicion of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of public money.

Yasmin Muhina Salim, owner of Kind Heart Day Care Center in Mankato, was arrested in June of 2014 for defrauding the state for $12,000 over a three month period.

DHS’s Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report for 2014  stated that “The OIG is seriously concerned about a pattern of child care fraud activities that involves deception and exploitation. It begins with recruiting parents as child care center employees with the condition that they enroll their children in a child care assistance program (CCAP) to ensure public funds revenue for the business; the scheme ends with exploiting four sets of victims: the children, parents, those on the Child Care Assistance Program waiting list and taxpayers.”

The prevalence of Somali-run daycare providers being found guilty of fraud by the new investigative unit may be a coincidence.  Ongoing investigations by the child care investigative unit are not public information.  The $4 million + in fraud that’s been discovered so far represents just 1% of the estimated $418 million in child care payments made by the state in 2014-2015.

 

Muslim writer: Zakat Finances Jihad

via Shariah Finance Watch.

Long time readers of SFW know that we have explained repeatedly that zakat has been used to fund Jihadists because Shariah mandates it.

Here we have an article on the subject from a Muslim writer in the Pakistani media acknowledging the fact that zakat funds Jihadists and pointing out that the Pakistani government has done nothing to stop the flow of money.

There is probably a good reason for this: there is no mechanism in Shariah for cutting off zakat funds from those waging Jihad…

Zakat and militant finances

The month of Ramzan is one of the seasons which militants use to secure their yearly finances. While extremist and militant groups are set to raise funds during the holy month, Pakistan’s government has not taken any concrete measures to stop them from doing so.

Apart from routine fund collection through charity and donations, banned groups have three major sources of financial supplies: zakat collection in Ramzan; collection of animal hides on Eidul Azha; and foreign funding. Even if one of these supply lines is blocked, it will have huge impact on the militants’ operations.

The militants’ media publications are still available, which carry appeals for donations. Pamphlets containing such appeals can also be found on notice boards of some mosques. Banned groups are still operating in cyberspace and attracting people to contribute to their cause.

It is interesting to know how these groups collect funds through couriers. Wealthy Arabs in the Gulf States, who take the religious obligation of zakat very seriously, deem madrassahs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh as deserving entities for their charity. They usually assess and set aside their zakat before Ramzan and engage local religious scholars in these countries to distribute it among the deserving. Pakistani madrassahs, religious parties and militant groups remain in contact with these religious scholars, who keep them on the list of the deserving. Religious scholars either visit the Gulf countries themselves or send their represen-tatives as couriers to collect zakat. Most militant groups also send their couriers to collect such donations.

Once officials investigating the collection of animal hides on Eidul Azha found links between organised money laundering and banned militant groups. Militant groups use animal hides as a cover to legitimise funds received from abroad, by showing that the money had been generated by selling the hides.

Most militant groups in Pakistan are continuously changing their organisational structure, networks, and tactics and introducing new ways of generating funds. Many of them have also created permanent sources for finances. Militant groups have established public welfare wings to cover their activities.

After they were banned, many groups resurfaced as charity organisations to boost their image among the masses as well as to avoid government restrictions. This ploy has not only helped them gain social acceptance but also enabled them to expand their support base.


 

Recall one of the first promises Obama made (publicly) to Muslims living in the U.S. was that he was, “committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.”

 

Michigan: Lansing mayors to host Ramadan party…on 9/11!!

Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!

Last year these two celebrated sharia, with taxpayer money, days before 9/11.

This year, the emboldened Muslims orchestrating this effort have convinced these mayors that celebrating Ramadan – which ended in mid-July according to a U.S. sharia council – on the anniversary of the Muslim terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans would be a grand idea. Where are the citizens of Lansing?

Uniting Muslims to celebrate 9/11. via The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing – Announcements. h/t D

9th Annual Mayor’s Ramadan Unity Dinner
Hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett
Friday, September 11
6 pm to 9 pm
Lansing Center
333 East Michigan Ave, Downtown Lansing
Mayor Virg Bernero,
City of Lansing
All Proceeds go to the
Greater Lansing Food Bank
Mayor Nathan Triplett,
City of East Lansing

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They’re even giving taxpayer money away.885616_797304557034391_719086084883300450_o

Contact them using the form at:

http://www.lansingmi.gov/Contact_Us

or Ph: 517-483-4141

or  Lansing.Mayor@lansingmi.gov

@NathanTriplett

Mayor of East Lansing, Michigan ()

 

Michigan: Muslim Gets 2 Years, Deportation for Federal Welfare Fraud Conviction

100% Muhammad quotient. His wife gets sentenced next. via FBI — Federal Welfare Fraud Conviction Results in Prison Sentence and Deportation of Muhammad Dalalli.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI—U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today that Muhammad Dalalli, 41, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker for his scheme to defraud the federal government in connection with subsistence benefits.

On November 4, 2013, Dalalli and his wife were charged with defrauding the federal government of numerous subsistence benefits after arriving in the United States from Iraq. The programs defrauded included the Women, Infants and Children (“WIC”) program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (“TANF”), HUD, and Medicaid benefits. Dalalli and his wife defrauded these programs by failing to reveal their ownership of Lebanese bank accounts and other assets, and by concealing their living arrangements in connection with their receipt of HUD-subsidized housing. The fraud scheme resulted in losses totaling $126,739. Dalalli, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was additionally charged with making false statements in connection with his citizenship application.

Dalalli’s trial commenced on January 13, 2015. After the first day of trial he entered a guilty plea to all counts. Shortly thereafter, he requested that his guilty pleas be set aside, claiming that he had been coerced into pleading guilty by his defense attorney. This request was denied by Judge Jonker, who noted that the court had inquired at length with Dalalli concerning his decision to plead guilty, and Dalalli had assured the court that his decision to plead guilty was voluntary.

On July 14, 2015, Judge Jonker sentenced Dalalli to serve a prison term of 27 months, followed by supervised release of 36 months. The sentence included restitution of $126,739. Dalalli was also stripped of his U.S. citizenship and ordered deported following the completion of his sentence. Dalalli’s wife, Rima Alame, will be sentenced on August 31, 2015.


debbieschlussel.com adds:

Not mentioned in this is that Dalalli and his wife also committed insurance fraud via arson in burning down a grocery store they owned, as documented in at least one of the three indictments in their case. If there was a way to commit fraud and make halal money [money permitted and especially blessed under Islam because it’s the fruit of fraud against non-Muslims/infidels], they found it and perpetrated it. They “worked the syndicate” in almost every way possible.

Anyone believe that Muhammad Dalalli will actually be deported after his prison term is up?

If you do, I have some land in Iraq to sell you.

The Dalalli/Alames have four anchor baby U.S. citizen children glomming off the system, who will get to live here forever and spread their parents’ illegal, cheating ways.

Both of Dalalli’s presentencing reports from the federal government are restricted and not available for public access, after motions by Dalalli’s lawyer. Why do you think that is? What’s in those reports?


Just a few days ago we told you a separate instance in Michigan of another Muslim family ripping off taxpayers: Muslim brothers who were jailed in a $1.2M welfare scam.

Michigan: Muslim brothers jailed in $1.2M welfare scam

Contributing to the fabric of America. Mass immigration, mass welfare and massive amounts of welfare fraud committed by immigrants. via Former owners of Middle Eastern Market imprisoned in $1.2M welfare fraud scheme | MLive.com.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three brothers have been sentenced to prison for committing welfare fraud while they operated the former Middle Eastern Market in Grand Rapids.

Emad, Jawad and Khader Karaein were part of a conspiracy, federal officials said.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. said the three, along with others, allowed customers to obtain cash and prohibited items in exchange for federal subsistence benefits. He said that large amounts of federal welfare money wound up in the store’s bank accounts.

The defendants were also accused of signing up for welfare benefits despite having sources of income that would disqualify them from receiving food and cash assistance and Medicaid benefits.

In exchange for guilty pleas, the government dropped charges against the defendants’ wives and other family members, Miles said.

Khader Karaein was sentenced Thursday, Aug. 13, to one year in prison and two years on supervised release.

Emad Karaein was sentenced in June to 34 months in prison, to be followed by three years on supervised release. Jawad Karaein was sentenced last month to 30 months in prison, with two years on supervised release.

All were ordered to pay restitution of $1,272,000.

The government said the market fraudulently redeemed benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) and the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC.

The alleged scheme ran from May 2001 to June 2010, the government said.

The market burned down about a year after it was sold. The next owner was also accused of fraud.

 

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