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Waleed Aly responds to Pauline Hanson by eating “non-Halal” certified chocolate

Prominent Muslim entertainer and The Project host had a dig at Pauline Hanson’s attack on “halal certified” confectionary.

In case you missed it, One Nation leader Hanson showed up in a paddock with a message for Australia yesterday.

After reminding us about that “investigation” into the imaginary Islamic Tax, she called for a boycott of Cadbury chocolate products. This is because she read on the internet that Cadbury is “halal certified” and as we all know, everything you read on the internet is 100% true.

Hanson endorsed Lindt and Darrell Lea because they are “Australian made”, “available at your local newsagent” and supposedly unsupportive of the “Islamisation of Australia”.

On last night’s The Project, co-host Peter Helliar asked Aly why he couldn’t just enjoy a nice Lindt chocolate bunny like the rest of us.

“I eat these all the time. These are awesome”, replied Aly as he grabbed the Lindt rabbit from Helliar.

Aly then checked the ingredients and added that the bunny is “entirely halal” as it is “all vegetarian”.

He also doubled down on his statement and proceeded to eat the chocolate rabbit right there and then.

As Aly enjoyed the treat, co-host Carrie Bickmore did note he was guilty of something: he didn’t share any with his colleagues.

Halal literally means “permissible” in Arabic and refers to items that Muslims are able to consume in accordance with their religion. Non-halal items include alcohol, pork or blood in liquid form.

Hanson claims that halal certification is a “$3 trillion industry” that supports “mosques, Islamic schools” and “even terrorism”.

ABC’s Fact Check looked into it and produced the following verdict:

The value of the Australian halal certification industry can’t be quantified and Ms Hanson’s estimate of $3 trillion conflates the value of the global food market with the value of the halal certification market. While the proceeds of halal certification do fund Islamic organisations, Fact Check could find no evidence that this money has ever flowed to terrorist groups.

Since we live in a “post-truth” era, so-called “facts” are likely to do little to change Hanson’s mind. In her world, eating chocolate equals supporting Islamic terrorism.

Yes, Pauline. And in other news, I’m the Easter Bunny.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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