Stockholm, 22 Ramadan 1436/9 July 2015 (MINA) – A Swedish politician has caused outrage and has been mocked online through social media by saying that halal meat has magical powers and can turn you into a Muslim. The nationalist Sweden Democrat, which has around 20% support amongst the population, also is making an effort to ban halal meat in schools.

Michael Ohman, the head of the nationalist party’s Heby wing told the Sala Allehanda newspaper that, “You become a Muslim if you eat halal meat,” the Local cited him as saying, Worldbulletin quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

A reporter asked him if he meant that halal food had magical powers, “Yes. This is precisely what we have warned of. They sneak halal in everywhere.”

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Ohman also mentioned he wants to see halal meat banned in local schools because as he thinks it is against the animal welfare laws in Sweden.

Traditional methods of producing halal meat involve slitting an animal’s throat to ensure the spinal cord isn’t damaged.

Adrian Groglopo, a Swedish political scientist said to RT “there is a very widespread Islamophobia among [three or four] political parties in Sweden.”

“This is a very light way of saying that we do not want Muslims in this country, which is of course widespread Islamophobia,” Groglopo told RT.

“This is ridiculous saying that halal meat is a kind of magic and you will become a Muslim if you eat it. It is just ridiculous. There is no other word for that. They are starting to terrorize Muslim’s politically,” he added.

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Ohman’s comments have been widely mocked on social media. One user wrote on the platform, saying, “What happens if you mix halal and kosher meat? Which magic is the strongest?” (T/P011/R03)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)

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