We like to think that when we shop for food in Australia we can be sure that from the producer to the shop floor our food is safe from contaminants and malicious tampering.
Apparently not the case when the Islamophobes are on the prowl.
Take a look at this story
A 26-year-old Kingston woman will appear in court on Friday charged over an anti-Islam sticker scandal that has embroiled One Nation’s Fairfax candidate and lead to scathing criticism from the state government.
Earlier this month, a jar of coffee with its seal broken was allegedly found at a Woolworths supermarket at Underwood, south of Brisbane, featuring a sticker stating “Beware! Halal food funds terrorists”.
The stickers can be purchased from Restore Australia, whose chief executive officer is One Nation candidate Mike Holt.
The Queensland One Nation candidate remains unapologetic for selling the stickers.
You may be interested to know that the woman concerned has been charged and is appearing in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Friday 26th July.
However Mike Holt himself has not been charged with aiding and abetting. Nice of him to let one of his fans take the flak. Really says a lot about the ethics of the nutjob right.
Mr Holt had been condemned by his Greens opponent David Knobel and LNP Member for Noosa Glen Elmes, but he is undeterred. “I say to these Greens and the member up in Noosa, ‘Get an education about the Muslim religion and what it’s all about and you will be horrified’,” Mr Holt said.
Mr Elmes condemned the stickers as “offensive, grotesque and designed to inflame hatred”. Mr Knobel described Mr Holt’s behaviour as “appalling”, adding that the “dog-whistling” style of politics should be condemned.
And perhaps you would like to know what One Nation’s founder thinks of interference with our food and with her candidate’s stance on the matter?
We actually know that “Muslim/Islam is not a race”. Judaism is not strictly speaking “a race” either though it is part of an ethnic identity. You can theoretically choose to belong to a religion but you do not have much say in your ethnicity.
However it is bigotry to attack people on the basis of their religion and in Queensland it attracts equal sanctions to racism.
So if you come across any of these contaminants you can do the following:
- inform the supermarket manager
- inform the company
- report the incident to your local Council Health Inspector and your state EPA
Oh by the way there is no such thing as a “halal tax”. There is not even GST on fresh foodstuffs in Australia.
So if you have issues with what your supermarket charges for food take it up with them or do some comparison shopping like wise consumers do.
And check out our past shite of fools here