A few bloggers are leading the charge
to boycott that traditional comfort food, Campbell's Soup. What could a 3,500
-member Facebook group have against the purveyor of homey soups? In January, the company released a line of soups that are Halal-certified (prepared according to Islamic dietary laws) in Canada. The protesters, led by firebrand blogger Pamela Geller
are not strictly boycotting the soup because of the Halal label itself.
Instead, Geller attacks the fact that Campbell's certified the product
via the Islamic Society of North America, which she alleges has ties
to Hamas and other terrorist organizations.
"No one is
suggesting they refrain from this line," Geller said. "No one is
suggesting they not have halal food. I'm not against halal food any more
than I'm against kosher food. My issue is who's doing the certifying."
their part, ISNA has denied "any ties to Hamas" and "condemned
religious extremism and violence." Since the boycott officially
began on October 5th, a Campbell's spokesperson says the company has not noticed "any
effect" on sales. Which leads Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum
to call into question the whole premise of the report:
if we agree on nothing else, can't we agree never again to pursue a
story that begins with those words ["Blogger Pamela Geller began calling
for a boycott"]? Especially one that has produced only a Facebook page
with 3,500 friends — about as many as my cat could get if I set up a fan
page for him — and, according to Campbell, hasn't had the slightest
actual effect on sales? Come on, people.
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