Campbell's Soup surrenders to Islamic juggernaut

Conservatives freak out, call for boycott over Halal line of soups by Campbell's Canada


Justin Elliott
October 8, 2010 1:08AM (UTC)

Via Rachel Slajda at TPM: The anti-Islam wing of the conservative movement is setting its sights on Campbell's Canada's now year-old decision to release a line of Halal-certified soups and broths.

Pamela Geller, the blogger who is largely responsible for whipping up the "ground zero mosque" story (which also went unnoticed for nearly a year before it became a national controversy), has a post up on Campbell's titled, "M-M-M-M-M-Muslim Brotherhood Good?" She calls for a boycott of the company, and there is now a Facebook boycott group with over 2,000 members.

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Halal foods, of course, are merely those that hew to basic Islamic dietary laws such as a ban on pork products.

Geller and her cohort have seized on the fact that the Campbell's Halal line is certified by the Islamic Society of North America, a large and mainstream Muslim umbrella group. It clearly denounces terrorism and has widespread support among non-Muslim religious and political leaders. But according to Geller, ISNA is "Hamas-linked." So if you buy Campbell's soup, you, too, are now Hamas-linked, and may be charged with material support for terrorism.

Also, we've reached out to Campbell's for comment on this, and we'll update this post if we hear back.


Justin Elliott

Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustin

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