Americans will put bacon on just about anything, but one Idaho company is lacing something disturbing with pork flavouring - bullets, designed to "send Muslims straight to hell".
Called "Jihawg Ammo" and coated in pink, pork-infused paint, the Religious News Service reported that South Fork Industries created the ammunition as a “defensive deterrent to those who violently act in the name of Islam.”
“With Jihawg Ammo, you don’t just kill an Islamist terrorist, you also send him to hell. That should give would-be martyrs something to think about before they launch an attack. If it ever becomes necessary to defend yourself and those around you our ammo works on two levels,” the company said in a press release this month, calling the bullets a “peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam.”
The company was founded in 2010, according to the website, in the wake of the controversy surrounding the building of the Ground Zero mosque, by a group of friends "sat around a campfire enjoying an adult beverage."
We at Jihawg Ammo hope you will stock up on Jihawg as a natural deterrent to the ever growing threat of radical Islam and Sharia Law. We, however, stress that the nullifying principle of our product is only effective if you are attacked by an Islamist in Jihad. Otherwise, our ammo functions just like any other ammunition so we obviously insist upon defensive use of our ammo only-not offensive.
The company also sells promotional t-shirts with offensive slogans like “Put Some Ham in MoHAMed” and a target poster which says “Give 'em a Spankin with some Bacon” or "Doing 72 Virgins a Favour".
More than 5,500 people have liked the company's Facebook page, with several suggesting they should be used by US troops.
Both Muslims and Jews are prohibited from the consumption of pork, though no religious prohibition exists on accidental contact with pork products. The company posted on the Facebook site there was no intention to target Jews, only Muslims.
In a somewhat confused posting, a company representative wrote: "Please understand that for Jewish folks the pork issue is ceremonial uncleanliness not barrier to heaven. Our Jewish friends understand this and this is why our product is defensive in nature--only works when being attacked by someone in Jihad - thus the name -Jihawg."