There is a widely-circulated essay dismissing the majority of Muslims and focussing on the actions of a fanatical few. It has been attributed to several authors, especially Dr Emanual Tanya, Dr. Emanuel Tanay, and Paul Marek.

Here are some examples:

One of the key claims is:

In Australia [...] many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them.

Is this true?

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    I don't know about "most" but I looked through the items in my pantry and could not find it on any of them. On the other hand, I know that more and more companies are applying for Halal certification. One winery was surprised its products were rejected ;-)
    – hdhondt
    Jul 8 '16 at 1:19
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    @hdhondt: The claim isn't "most". It is a far more wishy-washy "many".
    – Oddthinking
    Jul 8 '16 at 3:14
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    Vegemite has to count for at least 20% of commonly consumed food items in Australia alone, right? Jul 8 '16 at 13:08
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    It would be interesting to know what percentage of food in an average western supermarket would be halal without any effort by the manufacturer, and what additional percentage could be made to be halal with very little effort or cost. It surely doesn't hurt anyone to mark food as halal or not halal if the manufacturer knows.
    – gnasher729
    Jul 11 '16 at 8:19
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