People turn into Muslims if they eat HALAL meat, says a Swedish politician.
Michael Öhman, a local leader in the far right Sweden Democrat Party, made the comments to Sala Allehanda newspaper earlier this week that “You become a Muslim if you eat halal meat.”
Members of the right-wing Populist Party in his area of Heby also proposed a blanket ban on halal meat being given to children in schools and believe that it will automatically convert those who eat it to Islam.
They believes that it violates the country’s animal welfare laws, but now according to his recent interview, they also think eating it automatically converts diners to Muslims.
When asked by a reporter if it was a problem to feed halal meat to non-Muslims, Mr Öhman answered: “It is unimaginable to eat halal for non-Muslims; it is only for the believer… You become Muslim if you eat halal meat.”
The newspaper said: “There is no magic in halal meat that makes you a Muslim,” to which Mr Öhman replies, “Yes it does.” This is exactly what we have been warned. They sneak into halal everywhere.”
Online readers immediately mocked Öhman’s comments, with critics asking which food has more powerful magic.
Martin Aagård commented: “You meat may contain traces of halal”, to which Magnus Edlund replied: “What happens if you mix halal and kosher meat? What magic is strongest?”
When Islamic prayers are recited, the halal animals in Sweden are stunned before their throats are slit, without damage to their spines.
Neither the Sweden Democrats nor Öhman had given any further comment to the daily.