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Muslims Want Halal Food in NYC Schools – Kosher Not Option

Without knowing the number of students who need halal food, or the costs or feasibility of providing it, the legislation simply instructs the Department of Education to provide it.
CAIR-NY at Muslim Day in Albany where they lobbied for a bill requiring large city school districts to provide halal food.

CAIR-NY at Muslim Day in Albany where they lobbied for a bill requiring large city school districts to provide halal food.
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Proposed legislation was introduced into New York City Council to require that the city’s public schools provide Islamic-compliant food – halal – as an option in the cafeterias. The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined forces with council member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. (Brooklyn) to support Resolution 54 at a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall on Wednesday, March 26.

Fourteen other city councilmembers co-sponsored Espinal’s Resolution.

The Resolution goes into explicit detail about what Islamic-observant students are permitted to eat and what they must avoid eating, as well as stating who made those determinations. To wit:

Whereas, The practice of Islam is determined by the Islamic teachings as guided by the holy book Quran and the Hadith, and sayings of the Prophet Mohammad, which includes observing dietary laws; and Whereas, Islamic dietary laws delineate foods that are halal, meaning lawful or permitted, and those that are haram, meaning not permitted; and Whereas, Haram foods include pork and its by-products, meat and poultry not slaughtered according to the Islamic dietary law, alcohol and foods prepared with and containing alcohol, foods containing blood and blood by-products, and foods containing whey prepared with non-microbial enzyme, rennet, animal shortening, monoglycerides and diglycerides from an animal source, sodium stearoyl lactylate, and L-cysteine.

The proposed Resolution concedes that there is no accurate way to determine how many New York City schoolchildren are Muslim, and of those who are Muslim, how many observe strict halal guidelines. The best estimate they have is that approximately 12 percent of the school system’s children are Muslim.

Undeterred by the lack of hard information, the legislators pointed to the Detroit public school system where 35 percent of the students are estimated to be Muslim. In Detroit, the school district began a halal pilot program in 2001 which has expanded to 35 schools in the district.

In addition to pointing to Detroit as a school district where such a program was implemented, the legislators turned to another argument to bolster their demands.

This angle is the one best characterized as “you don’t want school kids going hungry do you?” You see, unless a halal option is offered, the unknown number of New York City’s schoolchildren who can only eat halal food will suffer eating either the vegetarian option that is already offered in the school system, or they will have to bring their own food from home. If the food is brought from home, it probably won’t still be hot by lunch time.

To shore up this argument, the director of operations for CAIR’s New York district, Sadyia Khalique, spoke at Wednesday’s press conference about the hardship she suffered growing up in the New York City school system without a halal food option.

“Growing up in New York City, I, along with many Muslim students, had to struggle during lunch with not having a proper halal meal for the day. The percentage of Muslim children in public schools is growing, and too many children are denied the nutritional benefits lunch would provide because of religious dietary restrictions. As a community, we have to make sure our children receive the best education in environments in which their religious beliefs and practices are respected. No child should leave a lunchroom or enter a classroom hungry.”

Of course, there are other students in the New York City public schools who have religious dietary requirements. That would be Jewish observant children. The New York City public schools don’t offer kosher lunches and to date, no Jewish groups have marched themselves into the New York City council chambers demanding that there be a kosher food option.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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240 Responses to “Muslims Want Halal Food in NYC Schools – Kosher Not Option”

  1. Tell the parents to pack a lunch.

  2. Gary Gien says:

    And someone please take bacon bits and once in a while sprinkle it over their goat meat

  3. Lani Lowell says:

    Separation of church and state. if it passes there will a national backlash. These guys just can’t help but shove their way of life down everyone’s throat.

  4. Laila Cohen says:

    yeah, real brilliant..cater to the ones who want us dead….halal supports jihad…this is jihad …there is law jihad, education jihad, etc etc….does anyone remember 9/11? 1993? Times Square, the shoe bomber, Rabbi Kahane shot by muslim? Muslims are trying to take over….they are murdering CHristians all over the world…they are murdering Jews and Hindus and Buddhists all over the world…stoning, acid attacks, cutting off clits…etc etc RAPE..but yeah, give them the **** food….yeah, cater to those who want us dead…how STUPID are you NYC council? VERY STUPID

  5. Lani Lowell says:

    Lani Lowell Separation of church and state. if it passes there will a national backlash. These guys just can't help but shove their way of life down everyone's throat.
    This will be a good forum to show them the door

  6. I’m just as incensed by the woman in the picture with only her eyes uncovered

  7. Separation of Church and State folks. This is out of line!

  8. They can go back to their own nation where they came from!!

  9. Rick Fortner says:

    Bet a lot of people would love to work in that kitchen if that passes

  10. Tony Bruan says:

    No public school food should comply to any kind of religious compliancy except Bruanism !!!

  11. Go to a country that has your discussing food

  12. What about a solution where no child is hungry at school?I think its possible if those deciding work with all students dietary needs

  13. GO HOME ALL YOU ARABS USA DOES NOT WANT YOU’

  14. Sandy Myatt says:

    Hey Andrea Schaerf….why should the schools and taxpayer make sure kids arent hungr? If ya cant feed them REGARDLESS of religion…dont have them!

  15. 3:) :poop: is this Halal food for you rag heads

  16. 3:) :poop: is this Halal food for you rag heads

  17. Ignoramus comments from any of us are disgusting! The issue is separation of state and religion. Bring your own “religious food

  18. If you Muslims want halal food in the school , go back to your own country and put all the damned halal food in your schools that you want, but you have no say in this country, so get out.

  19. Clo Clo says:

    Pack a lunch!

  20. Well, the weirdos they always elect deserve what they get.

  21. Theo Nuke says:

    Wake up sheeple! The frog in the pot syndrome! Wake Up before it’s too late!

  22. 100% wrong! Not right,,trash everything American,,and bow to?…don’t make me mad!

  23. Clo Clo says:

    People in hell want icewater

  24. Stupid…if they love there culture so much…go back.

  25. Muslims can generally eat Kosher food, but Jews cannot eat all Halal food.

  26. Theo Nuke says:

    That’s the problem Bonnie, sharia creep! A little at a tine…the weirdos over tgere, then before you know it, it is creeping into your town! Get out AND VOTE. ..get your friends out to vote too!

  27. Theo Nuke says:

    That’s the problem Bonnie, sharia creep! A little at a tine…the weirdos over tgere, then before you know it, it is creeping into your town! Get out AND VOTE. ..get your friends out to vote too!

  28. are you SERIOUS!!!! WHY can they get away with forcing their lifestyle onto the public… making the state pay for it? Have them PACK A LUNCH or GO BACK to THEIR homeland!

  29. Shawn Smith says:

    Kosher is totally acceptable for Muslims to eat. Many — I would say most — Muslim young people don't observe Halal anyways, other than avoiding pork products.

  30. I vote to ship them all back east.

  31. H Fragman Abramson says:

    This is lunacy. I brought lunch to my nyc ps because we were kosher. If you can't eat the food, bring your own. Schools have an obligation to provide education. Spending $$ on religious demands in a secular environment is irresponsible.

  32. Eduardo Mazo says:

    the mind of the world is to the brave butcher faith to their lean to rule the world with sword that can kill soul and eat it to their self for satisfaction. they smile reached to their ear for confidence.

  33. Eduardo Mazo says:

    the mind of the world is to the brave butcher faith to their lean to rule the world with sword that can kill soul and eat it to their self for satisfaction. they smile reached to their ear for confidence.

  34. If this culture needs a specific food it is understandable, so New Your will have to put in separate freezer and food storage area. Also create a separate serving line for this culture. But at no time should this accommodation force their cultures food on anyone else.

  35. Les Martin says:

    Tip of the iceberg,what else,change US law to sharia law,as they are trying here in uk..bloody cheek.!

  36. They could eat there food but don t give it to my kids.

  37. Don t you know they want to bring the SHARIA law here too

  38. if they demand halal food they should move to a muslim country!

  39. I think the ACLU should be involved on behalf of the ethnicities that are being ignored. If Jews, Catholics, vegetarian Hindus, Buddhists etc. fight for their “food rights” maybe the school system will back off. Someone else said it, keep religion out of public schools.

  40. I think the ACLU should be involved on behalf of the ethnicities that are being ignored. If Jews, Catholics, vegetarian Hindus, Buddhists etc. fight for their “food rights” maybe the school system will back off. Someone else said it, keep religion out of public schools.

  41. Feed your kids yourselves or send them to Muslim private schools.

  42. Feed your kids yourselves or send them to Muslim private schools.

  43. Ana Yoga says:

    Pack kids lunch for them…

  44. Jean Kinney says:

    GO BACK TO YOUR OWN COUNTRIES WHERE THEY SERVE THE HALAL FOOD–WE WON’T MISS YOU WHINNING

  45. Samuel Ramos says:

    Halal yes and Kosher no? What a crock! How about Hindu? Bhudist? Zoroastrian? Give me a break!

  46. Samuel Ramos says:

    Halal yes and Kosher no? What a crock! How about Hindu? Bhudist? Zoroastrian? Give me a break!

  47. WTF! Tax payers should not have to put up with Sharia law in Public schools!

  48. Andrea, the article did say that there is a vegetarian option that is available for them. They don’t have to go hungry.

  49. Andrea, the article did say that there is a vegetarian option that is available for them. They don’t have to go hungry.

  50. Violet Helms says:

    Hmmm. Muslims do eat Kosher foods. This is a political play.

  51. Violet Helms says:

    Hmmm. Muslims do eat Kosher foods. This is a political play.

  52. Jade Stone says:

    I hope that cook it with pork fat

  53. Told you so sharia it’s here

  54. why dont we just get rid of their assses and make them go back to their own country

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