The Washington Post recently highlighted the latest anti-Islamic movement sprouting in the political arena in France. As Islam has continually spread throughout Europe, predominantly Christian countries have reacted to the foreign religious customs and traditions with varying degrees of animosity. In the case of France, which houses an estimated five million Muslims, the first issue of discussion within the political sphere was the burka, resulting in a complete ban of face veils in public. The latest religious controversy revolves around the preparation of meat and its sale to the public, and now the hot topic has entered the current re-election campaign of President Nicholas Sarkozy.
As Mohammed Moussaoui, head of the French Council of the Muslim Religion put it, when religion (and specifically the halal meat problem) enters the political campaign, “it creates tensions in the society.” This begs the question, is the focus on Halal meat a gimmick for political attention?