So here's a question. At my university, in the student cafeteria (the one that you have to go to if you live on residence) there is a halal grill. For those who don't know what that is (I didn't until about an hour ago) it's where they serve food that is acceptable to the Muslim code of conduct. They don't have a big muslim population (with the exception of the cooks) at the school and my question is, should I be offended by this? Is having something religious like this appropriate? They don't have a kosher grill, or anything for any other religions even. I'm not even sure how I feel about it, I just know I don't like it.
Does anyone think I should make a fuss about it or should I just ignore it?

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I would view that as more of a cultural thing than a religious thing, and I doubt I would feel offended if I saw it at my school, I think its kind of cool to learn about different cultures and religions... Is the food good? What kind of food do they even serve? It makes me think of when I shop for pickles, I don't avoid the kosher ones because a Rabbi was involved rather I care about flavor and cost you know?

Well the foods not bad, it varies day to day, sometimes its a mysterious arab food and other times it's hot dogs. I'm cool with learning about new cultures, but it feels weird that they're catering to religious food needs like that

Here's why I think you should avoid Halal meat: http://www.edwardpresswood.com/campaigns.html

If we are goiong to eat meat the animals should be farmed and slaughtered as humanely as possible.  Halal meat does not achieve this.  Check out the video on the link above.

Holy crap, I never knew that! Thanks for the info.

Animals can feel pain. It's for the same reason we do, if we go near something painful, we realize it's bad news and leave it alone. How do you know we are the only species that are self aware? If you've ever owned a pet you'll know this to be untrue, they even exhibit emotions (happiness, sadness, boredom, etc...). I'm not sure how you're connecting this to the gay rights thing, though. I think your overall philosophy is fundamentally flawed

Thank you, as a human and having essentially lucked out having the amazing abilities we do, I think it is our duty to respect other life forms. You put that very well Kris

Don't you think there is a basic morality here?  Although I agree with you that we are animals, we do differ from other animals in the use of our intelligence.  

I personally decry the needless cruelty toward animals, whether it be to a family pet or a cow about to be slaughtered and eaten.  There are less cruel ways to kill.

Just so long as their aren't any rituals being done.

The animals are being slaughtered in the name of Allah while facing a certain direction.

I attended a Navy course at a Royal Navy establishment in the south of England, which also had students from a couple of the smaller mid east navies.  They had their own (provided by their government) meal line, and we had a seperate refigerator where we kept Canadian items not available through the RN.  We swaped back and forth between us and the Arab sailors - I got to try some dishes which I enjoyed (and still do) and they got used to copius amounts of cows milk and ice cream.  No jharm, no foul.

LOL, very amusing comment at the end there Gordon. In the RAF when we were in the field the cooks, usually an RAF/Pongo/RN mix of personnel, would try to knock up any meal on special request but drew the line at cooking on separate ranges. The meals these guys cooked day and night under unbelievable circumstances never ceased to amaze me. To this day I like British service delicacies like Jam Roly-Poly, Hot Bakewell tart with custard, Cornflake & Golden Syrup cookies with chocolate custard, toad-n-the-hole......................

I am off to make my family Spotted-Dick for tonight. Ciao.

Judith

Recognize that all people do not believe the same, are not the same, and are entitled to their beliefs, as long as they don't harm anyone and I don't see how having an additional choice for lunch can possibly be hurting you. Grow up already!

Halal means that the food is permissible under Islamic Law. Ḏabīḥah (ذَبِيْحَة) is the prescribed method of slaughtering all animals excluding fish and most sea-life per Islamic law. This method of slaughtering animals consists of using a well sharpened knife to make a swift, deep incision that cuts the front of the throat, the carotid artery, wind pipe and jugular veins but leaves the spinal cord intact.The head of an animal that is slaughtered using halal methods is aligned with the Qiblah. In addition to the direction, permitted animal should be slaughtered in the name of Allah (the Lord) and the person who is slaughtering should be a Muslim and he/she should be in a good mental condition and faith. 

However if there is no other food available then a Muslim is allowed to eat non-halal food.Surah 2:174 states:

If one is forced because there is no other choice, neither craving nor transgressing, there is no sin on him.   

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