Thursday, August 09, 2007

Chef won't serve Halal meat at Muslim wedding, gets reported for racism

First a little necessary background, so please bear with me:

In Denmark we have a quite well-known female Islamist, Helen Latifi, who came to Denmark as a toddler and is now a med-student and a voice in the debate. She is a board member of an organization called Muslims in Dialog, an offspring of Minhaj-ul-Quran. On the board is also Abdul Wahid Pedersen, one of the traveling Imams stirring up trouble in the Mid-East last year.

Helen Lafiti is about to get married (congrats!) with the Secretary General of Muslims in Dialog, Noman Malik.

The happy couple decided to order food for the wedding at a renowned restaurant, owned by the chef Ralf Dyrensborg. Alas, there was a minor dispute over the menu. Apparently the chef refused to prepare Halal meat for the party. According to Latifi's blog (link in Danish) there was an argument ending with the chef saying "I'm not serving any sh*tty Halal meat for You!". That's Helen's story anyway.

The cook, not surprisingly has an other version (link in Danish):
I'm in no way a racist. I only expressed, that I would not serve Halal meat at the party!

Of course, chef's are supposed to be flamboyant, if not downright eccentric. One does not simply buy his food, one also buys his attitude and his love for cooking.

(Story not online, h/t Islamofascisme and Hodjas Blog) (both in Danish)

So, how does a Muslim "dialogist" react to this? Does she engage in a dialog with the guy? Does she say "OK, that's your opinion, and you're entitled to it. I'll just find another restaurant and take my business there!"

Are you kidding? Of course not. As true "moderates", she and her spouse-to-be reported this incident to the police, claiming to be victims of racism! The knee-jerk reaction of Muslims: You're telling me I can't have it my way? Then you're a bigot and a racist and should be crushed under your own laws!

So now the police will have spend time, manpower and money investigating this "case". No matter what the outcome of the investigation, this "case" will show up on the score card when Denmark is scrutinized by the EUMC, Amnesty International, Humans Rights Watch and myriads of other more or less self-proclaimed "Watchdog" organizations.

For Denmark, there's no way to win:

Should the police decide not to investigate further? Bad: The reports will show Danish police to be a bunch of Mississippian rednecks.

The DA brings it to the courts.
DA loses: Bad: The judges are obviously xenophobic.
DA wins: Bad: The case proves that there is a disturbingly amount of Islamophobia in the Danish population (Damn right there is!) and the government should take action to suppress it, otherwise...

Set, game and match: Muslims 1 Danes 0.

"Muslims in Dialog". Indeed.