‘The month of jihad’: Anti-halal campaigner slams supermarkets for ‘promoting oppression and violence’ by wishing customers Happy Ramadan

‘The month of jihad’: Anti-halal campaigner slams supermarkets for ‘promoting oppression and violence’ by wishing customers Happy Ramadan’

Kirralie Smith, from New South Wales, posted a photo of a sign at a Coles store

  • Took to Twitter to voice her opinion about the sign, which read: ‘Happy Ramadan’
  • ‘Making a buck from promoting a barbaric… oppressive ideology,’ she wrote
  • Ms Smith mistakenly thought she shared a photo from inside a Woolworths store
  • The photo was in fact taken at a Coles supermarket, as one her followers noted
  • An outspoken farmer who campaigns against halal certification has slammed major supermarkets for promoting the holy month of Ramadan.
    Kirralie Smith, from the New South Wales mid-north coast, posted a photo of a sign at a Coles store which read: ‘Happy Ramadan.’
    Ms Smith, who mistakenly thought she had shared a photo from inside a Woolworths supermarket, took to Twitter to voice her controversial opinion.
    ‘Woolworths promoting Ramadan – also known as the month of jihad. Making a buck from promoting a barbaric, cruel & oppressive ideology,’ she captioned the photo.

    Kirralie Smith, from the New South Wales mid-north coast, posted a photo of a sign at a Coles store which read: ‘Happy Ramadan’

    Ms Smith apologised after one of her followers pointed out that the photo was in fact taken at a Coles store, though she stood by her comments. Woolworths, which has similar signs at its supermarkets, responded with its own tweet defending the promotion. ‘Whilst this isn’t a Woolworths store, we’re proud to support a range of cultures and religious events for customers including Ramadan,’ the tweet read. Ms Smith hit back and maintained her stance, telling Woolworths the signs promote oppression. ‘I made the correction and said it was Coles and noted that Woolworths also promotes Ramadan. Proud to promote Islam = oppression & violence,’ she wrote.

    Coles also responded on social media to address the controversy. ‘We celebrate many different religious festivals at Coles such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Orthodox Easter, Diwali and Ramadan as we always aim to represent the communities we serve,’ the supermarket wrote on Twitter. Ms Smith’s comments were met with a wave of criticism on social media, though some agreed with her opinion.

    ‘You are ridiculous! The Muslim religion and Ramadan are not too dissimilar to Christianity and Lent,’ one noted. Another wrote: ‘Keep religion out of our grocery stores – especially an ideology that is associated with 1400 years of slavery, brutality and violence.’ Ms Smith, who ran as a Senate candidate with the right-wing Australian Liberty Alliance last year, recently joined Liberal defector Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party.

    As a member of the anti-Islam Q Society, she made headlines for making a series of videos in 2015 suggesting halal certification had funded extremist activity. She argues that most halal-certified foods are not clearly labelled and consumers could be unwittingly supporting Islam.
    Her comments angered Mohamed El-Mouelhy, the president of the Halal Certification Authority, who sued the Q Society for defamation. The case was settled by the Supreme Court with the organisation, its board members and Ms Smith making an apology.

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