Yesterday, my son and I were driving home from a pumpkin festival and regatta in a nearby town. Regatta, you say? Yes, a regatta – where locals and folks from surrounding towns grow these huge 1,000 pound pumpkins, hollow them out, launch them into a river, climb into them, and race them. Only in America, baby!

Anyway, on the way home, we passed a small convenience/grocery store. On the sign outside the store was an indication that they sold "halal meats."

My son noticed it and asked me what halal was. I gazed over at him, and he knew – oh, here we go - and we were off to the races! He had no idea what halal was, but by my expression, he instinctively knew it wasn't anything good. We do this a lot.

Halal is an Arabic word that means "permissible." But permissible to whom or what? Well, halal food for Muslims is prescribed by the Koran, but is also based on the teachings of Islamic scholars and tradition.

Islamic scholars claim halal beef and lamb must be slaughtered according to Islamic practices, with clean instruments that are pork and alcohol free and that halal meat is simply meat that has been carefully prepared to be clean in according to Islamic tradition. So far, this sounds okay and perfectly innocuous. It actually sounds similar to something certified as being kosher.

If you think this, you'd be wrong.

But halal meat is not processed in the same manner as it is in the west. Halal meat comes from animals that were not stunned prior to being slaughtered, which some may find to be cruel. I'll let you decide.

The animal to be slaughtered is pointed to face Mecca. Just before he slices the throat of the animal, the Muslim shouts, "Bismillah, Allahu Akbar!" which means "in the name of Allah" and "Allah is the greatest."

As an aside, I'd like to clarify something once and for all: Allah is not the same as the Christian or Jewish God. He is not the same as Jesus Christ. However, most believe this to be so – that it is just their name for the God we all worship. You know – potato – potahto. Well, it's not. Allah means "the God," yet he is actually the "Moon God," which is why their symbol is the crescent moon. He, Allah, is actually a Pagan God—the Pagan God—from ancient "pagan" Arabia - the most exalted of the 360 pagan idols in Mecca. And what's in the center of Mecca? It's the "K'abah," or "House of Allah." And what's inside this house? Is it a holy shroud or the remains of Muhammad? No - it's a meteorite!

Back to halal. You may not have a problem with the manner in which Muslims dispatch animals to produce halal meats or what they say as they do so, and that's fine. But you may have issue with funding terrorism. Is it just me, or does every Muslim venture seem to either involve conquest or funneling money to terror groups for that aim?

American food producers and processers are more and more signing on to hala-certified foods and beverages. I understand if that's how they wish to "process" meats, but why make halal-certified chocolate bars, soda, raisins, cereal, etc.? Easy – to make money.

A lot of the food and beverage producers see the millions of Muslims invading the west, and wish to get in on the action. They see it as a new revenue stream. So they set up a separate production line for halal products, or sometimes just incorporate a "halal certified" emblem on their product.

Companies pay for this "halal certification." It may be a flat annual fee, or quarterly, monthly – whatever. And whom do they pay? Well, in this country, it's the Islamic Food & Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), who works closely with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), known to fund Hamas and other terror groups. They also have ties to The Mosque Foundation, the Muslim World League and the Muslim Society of America. All have ties to various terror groups. All these organizations lead back to the Muslim Brotherhood. The "halal certification fee" is the major source of the Brotherhood's funding of terror.

So next week, as you do your food shopping, look more carefully for a halal-certification emblem. If the product has one – put it back – unless you enjoy funding terrorism.

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