Sounds like another CAIR payoff has paid off.
NY Daily News City Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn) announced Wednesday he wants to expand school lunch menus to include halal food options for Muslim students.
About 20% of city schoolchildren – 170,000 students – are Muslim and often go a full day without eating school lunch because of religious dietary restrictions, Espinal said. He said the proposal for universal free lunch, which was introduced by Public Advocate Letitia James earlier this month, should be inclusive of all students according to faith-based needs.
CAIR-NY today joined NYC Council Member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., of Brooklyn on the steps of City Hall in support of his Resolution No. 54 urging a halal (Islamically permissible) option in the cafeteria menus of city public schools. Resolution 54 states in part: “New York City’s public schools should be required to offer lunch options that meet Islamic dietary laws, thereby ensuring that Muslim students are meeting religious standards and are not virtually excluded from the school lunch system.”
“While there is an ongoing conversation of providing free lunch to every student, we must also be progressive in instituting lunches that respect the faiths of New York City’s diverse population,” Espinal said.
He wasn’t sure how much it would cost the city to provide the lunches. Practicing Muslims cannot eat pork or pork by-products, or animals that were dead prior to slaughtering.
Kamal Bhuiyan, chairman of the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group, said his two children often come home starving because they cannot eat any of the cafeteria food offered in their Queens schools. “They are not able to eat lunch,” he said. “They come home at 3:30, and they’re weak, tired and fatigued.” (Oh, Boo Hoo. Ever hear of a bag lunch?)