20 June 2015

Cory Bernardi's anti-halal crusade unleashes torrent of hate

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's inquiry into halal food has attracted a flood of hateful and sometimes downright bizarre submissions.

A month after Senator Bernardi successfully set up a Senate committee inquiry into the "third party certification of food", the probe has already attracted 220 written submissions from the Australian public.

While the inquiry is supposed to look at all kinds of food certification – including kosher, organic and genetically modified – the overwhelming majority focus squarely on halal.

And many contain vicious attacks on Muslims and the Islamic faith.

One contributor calls Islam a "vile medieval cult", while another labels the Prophet Muhammad a "false god" and "paedophile". [The Age] Read more