SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) Still angry about the idea of an Islamic cultural center opening near Ground Zero, a group of Idaho gun enthusiasts decided to fight back with a new line of pork-laced bullets.

Jihawk Ammo promotional photo courtesy Jihawg Ammo

Jihawk Ammo promotional photo courtesy Jihawg Ammo


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South Fork Industries, based in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, claims its ammunition, called Jihawg Ammo, is a “defensive deterrent to those who violently act in the name of Islam.”

The bullets are coated in pork-infused paint, which the company states makes the ammo “haram,” or unclean, and therefore will keep a Muslim who’s shot with one of the bullets from entering paradise.

“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 earlier this month.

The company’s website bills the bullets as “Peace Through Pork” and a “peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam.” There’s a related line of apparel that feature slogans like “Put Some Ham in MoHAMed” and a target poster that says “Give Em a Spankin with some Bacon.”

“The nullifying principle of our product is only effective if you are attacked by an Islamist in Jihad,” the company’s website says. “Otherwise, our ammo functions just like any other ammunition, so we obviously insist upon defensive use of our ammo only-not offensive.”

Company officials declined requests to comment.

However, Shannon Dunn, assistant professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, said South Fork’s concept is based on an inaccurate understanding of the Quran.

An Idaho-based business' promotion of "Jihawg Ammo" says "Peace through pork!" screenshot courtesy www.jihawg.com

An Idaho-based business’ promotion of “Jihawg Ammo” says “Peace through pork!” screenshot courtesy www.jihawg.com


This image is available for Web publication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow.

“There is no penalty for coming into contact with pork given by the Quran,” she said, pointing to verses that prohibit the consumption of pork and carrion that are reminiscent of Jewish dietary laws outlined in Leviticus.

“To my knowledge, Muslims, especially unknowingly, would not be banned from heaven for eating or getting hit by pork,” she said. “There are some interpreters who suggest that Muslims should eat pork rather than starve, if faced with that alternative.”

Nevertheless, the ammo has plenty of supporters, with more than 4,300 people liking it on Facebook. One fan, Ted of California, said he planned to buy 500 rounds. Another, Jeffrey, said he hoped someone would smuggle the bullets into U.S. military troops.

Spokane, North Idaho News

(Tracy Simmons is editor of Spokane Faith & Values.)

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30 Comments

  1. David Thompson

    Gun enthusiasts always leave me speechless. Just when I thought they couldn’t get any dumber, they manage to shave off more points from their IQ score..

  2. All beliefs are valid to the believer.
    However, that does not make them valid to anyone else.
    That being said, I endorse wasteful spending by the public. It shows Washington how it is done, and that some condone it.
    A bullet w/pork will work on a dead Muslim’s afterlife just an upside down cross will work on a dead Christian’s. Not at all.
    It just shows the level of ignorance of the maker and the buyer.
    God, please save me from indulging is this level ignorance.

  3. You know, there are some days when, as an atheist, I can look at religion and appreciate the beauty and wonder it adds to the world.

    Today is not one of those days.

  4. Funny… My jihad is to get in shape by exercising and eating right. Either way, I won’t go to hell for getting shot with a “pork bullet”. That’s just stupid.

  5. These Idaho nut jobs stupidity and arrogance is shocking. Maybe they should switch off the tele and count all the places the USA has attacked before labelling Muslims as terrorists. My jihad is not to paint all Americans with stupid paint….I know that there are many who are kind, intelligent and responsible human beings whose voices are drowned by the greedy and bloodthirsty in power.

  6. I am headed toward a 3rd year in Afghanistan. Right now the big focus (if anyone back home bothers to read the news) is turning over the responsibilities for this country’s security to the Afghan Army and Afghan Police. These forces, our allies, are muslim.

    I have lived and worked with muslims in several countries other than Afghanistan. I have found them to be good people. They have family values. They want a better life for their children. They are alot like us.

    These bullets are like burning a Koran. Or throwing gasoline on a fire. It is counter productive and it shows just how ignorant and dangerous some of my countrymen can be. They make me ashamed.

  7. Muslims are being killed and offended almost every where, yet they are the terrorist!. As such, the Americans come up with a new pork-flavoured ammo to not only kill Muslims once in this life, it will continue punishing them in hell!

    The “Terror” itself is totally confused!

  8. I’m not a muslim, but I’m pretty sure Halal/Haraam food laws have exceptions for being forced to eat Haraam food (wikipedia says there’s at least an exception for when there’s no Halal food available, I’d be surprised if there weren’t exceptions for being ‘force-fed’ Haraam food, too.)

  9. During the Muslim insurrection in the Philippines circa 1898, General “Black Jack” Pershing ordered 99 insurgents executed by pig fat saturated bullets. The 100th Muslim was released to tell the story.

    Several decades of peace ensued.

  10. Andy McWilliams

    The only downside of these bullets is, you have to clean your gun more often because they’ll jam up. They smell like bacon too. Hey, “all is fair in love and war.”

  11. These Idaho nut jobs stupidity and arrogance is shocking. Maybe they should switch off the tele and count all the places the USA has attacked before labelling Muslims as terrorists. My jihad is not to paint all Americans with stupid paint….I know that there are many who are kind, intelligent and responsible human beings whose voices are drowned by the greedy and bloodthirsty in power.

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