Muslims Outnumber Catholics; KFC Embraces Islam’s Halal
Posted by Joshua Price on April 1, 2008
Here are two interesting stories. The first from AOL News:
Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world’s largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday.
“For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us,” Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Formenti compiles the Vatican’s yearbook.
He said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population — a stable percentage — while Muslims were at 19.2 percent.
The figures related to Islam were apparently put together by Muslim countries for 2006. So it’s possible that the numbers might be inflated, though there is no denying Islam’s growth.
On to the second story, which actually kind of dovetails with the one above:
Growing up in Dearborn, Zeinab Chami often was tempted by ads for Col. Sanders’ original recipe, the finger-lickin’ meal sold by fast-food giant KFC.
However, Chami was an observant Muslim, and the restaurant’s chicken was not halal, meaning it wasn’t prepared according to Islamic law. Her choices usually were limited to what her immigrant parents cooked or the occasional takeout from Middle Eastern restaurants.
But now she’s able to get a taste of KFC. Last month, the restaurant’s east Dearborn restaurant began selling halal chicken, a change that reflects the growing demand for halal products among metro Detroit’s sizable Muslim population.
Isn’t that wonderful? That’s very multicultural of KFC. You think Col. Sanders had this in mind when he founded what used to be a great American restaurant? I seriously doubt it. But hey, it’s all about being culturally diverse and accommodating to the heterogeneity of said diversity.
You see, everything is to be honored and considered sacred except American tradition.
If the numbers from the Vatican are anywhere in the ballpark you can expect what’s going on in Dearborn, Michigan to be repeated in cities all across the country in the very near future.