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Hal & Al's 72 Virgins Wine Funds Australian Anti-Islam Group

One Australian wine-maker promises Jewish and Christian paradise to drinkers of their new satirical bottle of bubbly, using proceeds to fund an anti-Islamic movement down under.

It seems like Islam is under attack in down under as Hal & Al’s Seventy Two Virgins fine Australian sparkling wine hits the market hoping to raise funds for a counter-Jihad group called the Q Society.

Sure to cause offense this ‘heavenly’ wine is filled with plenty of jokes plastered all over the bottle that comes at the expense of Muslims everywhere. Supposedly, this wine is the brainchild of the deceased Hal Bagelstein and Al Delapanto, who are both ‘apparently’ in paradise, implicating that both Jews and Christians can enter heaven but not Muslims who choose to drink this wine.

How do we know Hal is Jewish and Al is Christian? Well upon further investigation the last name Bagelstein has both bagel and stein in it which is laden with Jewish connotations. Al DeLepanto is a clearly Italian name and after searching Wikipedia we discovered that the Vatican, where the pope lives, is in Italy. Just when you thought these people couldn’t possibly be real, the wine makers have released the ‘supposed’ only photo of the pair drinking wine the night before their alleged death. So we are just suppose to believe that Hal & Al our friends and it is only a coincidence that if you remove the Ampersand becomes Halal.

If that wasn’t enough to offend, the sparkling wine makes it explicitly clear like a warning label on cigarette packs that “Consumption of this fine Australian wine may prevent you from entering the Islamic Paradise. However, both the Jewish and Christian paradises remain open as alternative.”    

                                          

The money raised will be going to the volunteer-run anti-Islamic organisation known as the Q Society. Conceived in 2010 this organisation is behind a number of petitions including; attempting to bar Muslims from Friday Prayers in a Community House in St Kilda, creating petitions against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, petitions against mentioning Islam in schools and trying to restrict Halal products to Islamic communities, among other campaigns. Needless to say this organisation have made life difficult for the meager half a million Muslims that make up only 2.2% of Australia’s population.

On a possibly related note, Mostafa Rashed, and Imam of Sydney mosque in Australia has recently made a religious edict saying wine is not banned in Islam, but that drunkenness is. Appearing on the privately-owned Al-Tahrir TV channel on Friday, Rashed explained that the Prophet’s sayings on the banning of wine are weak so are therefore not mandatory. “This is an edict that I am responsible for,” he said adding that a small amount of wine does not lead to drunkenness and that heaven includes rivers of wine. We can’t help but think that this Imam may have decided to make this edict in hopes of getting his own bottle of Seventy Two Virgins Sparkling Wine, as paying for the bottle is likely a more reasonable sacrifice than committing Jihad. 


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