April 1, 2009, - 6:33 pm

Cream-Filled, Frosted Three Cheers: Dunkin’ Donuts Stands Up to Sharia

By Debbie Schlussel
In the past, I’ve told you about First Islamic Investment Bank a/k/a Arcapita’s outrageous efforts to force Church’s Chicken franchisees (who held the franchises before Muslims took over the company) to carry halal-only foods.
But now the shoe is on the other foot. And it’s about time.
Kudos to Dunkin’ Donuts. Finally a company stands up to Islamic inflexibility and says, “Our way or Mohammed’s highway, er . . . sand-covered path in the desert.”

WESTCHESTER, Ill. – A Muslim franchisee of a suburban Chicago Dunkin’ Donuts store must surrender ownership after losing a legal battle over his religious objections to selling pork.
Walid Elkhatib’s attorney says the 59-year-old is removing Dunkin’ signage from his Westchester store.

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Alhamdillullah [Praise allah]: Dunkin’ Donuts Says No to Halal

The chain sued Elkhatib last week to bar him from using the company’s trademark. That lawsuit followed a jury’s ruling that the chain didn’t discriminate against Elkhatib for refusing to renew his franchise agreement because he wouldn’t sell breakfast sandwiches containing pork.
Muslims are forbidden from eating pork and many also refuse handling it.
For nearly two decades, Dunkin’ allowed Elkhatib to not sell pork. But in 2002, the company said it wouldn’t renew the franchise agreement unless he sold all products.

Time to make the falafel, dude.

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17 Responses

What’s the difference between halal and kashrut? Jews as well as Muslims are forbidden from consuming pork.
[NF: NOT SURE HOW THAT QUESTION IS RELEVANT, BUT KASHRUT (KEEPING KOSHER) IS FAR MORE STRICT. JUST BECAUSE I DON’T EAT PORK, DOESN’T MEAN THAT I BELIEVE IN IMPOSING THIS ON THE WHOLE WORLD. MUSLIMS DO. SURPRISED TO HEAR THIS FROM YOU. DS]

NormanF on April 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Debbie, what’s the difference between that and the dunkin donuts on greenfield and 10 mile not wanting to sell their products that weren’t kosher like the meats in order to get their kashrut from the vaad? This guy had a religious objection to something just like we did and we petitioned dunkin to not make the guy sell all their products so we could eat there. Should dunkin turn around and say to the guy now that its too bad and he has to sell everything?
[R: SORRY TO HEAR THAT YOU THINK MUSLIMS AND JEWS ARE THE SAME. LAST TIME I CHECKED WE DON’T PROSELYTIZE, DIDN’T FLY PLANES INTO BUILDINGS AND MURDER 3,000 AMERICANS, AND DON’T TRY TO IMPOSE OUR RULES ON EVERYONE ELSE. I BELIEVE DUNKIN’ DONUTS HAS THE RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER IT WANTS UNLESS IT IS CONTRARY TO A VALID AND CONTINUING CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION. THAT’S CALLED PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND THE FREE MARKET. I REALLY DON’T CARE ABOUT A DUNKIN’ DONUTS BEING KOSHER OR NOT. WE HAVE MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES TO WORRY ABOUT THAN PETITIONING DUNKIN’ DONUTS. I’M GLAD THE DONUT COMPANY HAD THE GUTS TO SAY NO TO SHARIA. DS]

regotlible84 on April 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Dunkin Donuts is also known for having one of the toughest immigration checks of all US businesses. But this one is like having a large iced coffee…SATISFYING!
Not bad for a company based in Quincy, MA huh?
Been a fan of their coffee and their new breakfast sandwiches aren’t too shabby either.
In fact, tomorrow I just might get said iced coffee to toast the cajones of DD.

NEPatriot on April 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I’ll have to stop in there for a sausage and egg sandwich for breakfast tomorrow.

Tempus Fugit on April 1, 2009 at 11:43 pm

[JUST BECAUSE I DON’T EAT PORK, DOESN’T MEAN THAT I BELIEVE IN IMPOSING THIS ON THE WHOLE WORLD. MUSLIMS DO. SURPRISED TO HEAR THIS FROM YOU. DS]
So Debs, if you owned a DD franchise, you would sell pork?
[SORRY TO HEAR THAT YOU THINK MUSLIMS AND JEWS ARE THE SAME.]
Well regarding just diet, aren’t they the same???
[NB: UM, THAT’S WHY I WOULDN’T EVER BUY A DD FRANCHISE. I DON’T BELIEVE IN IMPOSING MY RELIGIOUS DIETARY RULES ON A COMPANY OR ANYONE ELSE. SO YOU’RE WRONG. AND YOU’RE WRONG ON KOSHER V. HALAL, TOO. KOSHER IS FAR STRICTER THAN HALAL. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. MUSLIMS CAN EAT KOSHER MEAT/POULTRY, BUT WE CAN’T TOUCH THEIR STUFF. MANY MUSLIMS EAT SHELLFISH, ETC. AND THERE ARE MANY OTHER DIFFERENCES–LIKE KOSHER PEOPLE NOT EATING MEAT/POULTRY WITH DAIRY AND SO ON. DS]

Norman Blitzer on April 1, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Debbie, you’re right. Now if someone wants to observe a practice specific to their religion, they should be allowed to do that. Its a free country. But I agree they shouldn’t be allowed to impose it as a business practice if they serve customers of all faiths. I asked the question because I wondered under which circumstances following dietary law makes sense. You’ve clarified my thinking and I understand the context a lot better now. There are stupid questions and there are good questions and I think you gave a good response that makes a lot of sense.

NormanF on April 2, 2009 at 1:22 am

Debbie, let’s pretend that Islam was as peaceful as the Hakawi Indians, for theory’s sake. Regarding various Jewish laws (Halacha):
1. Whatever is kosher is halal but not vice versa when it comes to animal, fowl and many fish products and their derivatives.
2. There are halachic problems for a Jew to deal in non-kosher produce. See this article (not for Halachic beginners):
http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5760/vayishlach.html
3. Regarding the difference between the kosher and halal Dunkin Doghnuts cases mentioned above, I bet it’s just a question of what the original signed franchise contract stipulated. As far as I’m concerned, if the kosher DD was breaking their contract by refusing to sell DD’s non-kosher items, there is no difference between the 2 cases. Why should there be?
While we’re on the subject of doughnuts and bacon:
http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/post/89393838/elvis-donut-peanut-butter-glazed-donut-topped
🙂

Shy Guy on April 2, 2009 at 2:46 am

Dunkin’ Donuts decaf coffee – the best!

Ripper on April 2, 2009 at 9:03 am

It reminds me when the founder of Pizza hut was told about a franchisee’s changes on the menu. He asked..
What are you going to name your restaurant?

seven on April 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

I don’t blame you, Debbie for being happy and excited. It made me happy too that Dunkin gave some muslim his comeuppance. And that’s really what it’s all about. Because it is true that there were some kosher Dunkins in Chicago 10-12 years ago. I don’t know if they still exist. These Dunkin’s were strictly dairy to avoid any kind of kosher problems. They definitely had the Dunkin sign up. Perhaps there was different ownership back then.

adorabl on April 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

I agree with the post Debbie. However on the subject of pork. Eating those pork rinds and pulled pork or marinated carnitas is to die for.

californiascreaming on April 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

“Eating those pork rinds and pulled pork or marinated carnitas is to die for.”
Posted by: californiascreaming at April 2, 2009 11:51 AM
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For us Jews, NOT eating pork is to live for.
I would love to try it, but I’m not allowed to.

Shy Guy on April 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

adorabl:
There is a Kosher Dunkin Donuts (It is also a Baskin Robbins) in Chicago. There used to be a Kosher Dunkin Donuts in Skokie, but they did not make the donuts there and they were caught bringing in non Kosher donuts.

i_am_me on April 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

regotlible84,
You better get hip to the rules around here. The entire Muslim population is to be held blame for what happened on September 11th.
[M: YEAH, WHY IGNORE THE POLLS SHOWING THAT MOST OF THE MUSLIM POPULATION OF THE WORLD SUPPORTS BIN LADEN, HOMICIDE BOMBINGS OF AMERICANS AND OTHERS, HEZBOLLAH, AND HAMAS. BUT NONE OF THOSE THINGS ARE TERRORISM OR TO BE CONDEMNED, RIGHT? SINCE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR COMMENTS IS OBNOXIOUS AND DONE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF ANNOYANCE, YOU’RE ONE STEP FROM TROLL DESIGNATION AND BANNING. YOU SEEM TO SPEND AN AWFUL LOT OF TIME ON THIS SITE FOR SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS NOT TO LIKE IT. DS]

Middleman on April 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Miss Schlussel, do you think Dunkin’ Donuts learned a lesson about not catering to Islamists after the Rachel Ray/ jihadi head-rag incident? I have boycotted their stores since then. I think that should end with a visit to one of their stores for a dozen donuts.

Defeat_Islam! on April 3, 2009 at 2:17 am

DS: JUst wondering, but is it kosher to eat shrimp pizza?
[CR: NO. SHELLFISH ARE NOT KOSHER. DS]

Charles Rector on April 3, 2009 at 10:50 am

http://www.albalagh.net/halal/col2.shtml

Did you know Dunkin Dounut Bagles have human hair. Let them feed you all the pork and human hair and what ever else they can make more money on. I just wanna eat food 🙂

Ahsan Seyal on October 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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