Since my new apartment here in Albuquerque is infested with cockroaches at the moment (through no fault of my own; it was like that before I got here), I have been trying out a lot of local restaurants. The other day I ate a Middle Eastern restaurant a few miles away that is clearly run by Christians (I think they were Lebanse; they sounded Lebanese). The server wore a large cross NOT tucked inside of his shirt ( :o :)), and they even placed a small wooden cross and Holy Bible on a stand atop the display case that faces the door, so that these are the first things you see when you come in! Maybe that's a bit showy, but I like the idea of supporting a business run by proud Middle Eastern Christians.
Today since my foot is hurting me I decided to look for a place closer to my apartment. The place I wanted to eat at is having live jazz music night, and I'm just not up to it, so I tried the Middle Eastern place next to them (no more M.E. food for a while after today...), which was pretty good. After I finished my meal, I was drinking a glass of water when a young Muslim guy and his wife or girlfriend came in. They decided what they wanted in Arabic, and then the lady sat down and the man stayed at the counter and ordered in English. He asked the cashier if the meat was halal, because his lady friend wanted to know. The cashier said yes, all the meat is halal.
I had a meat dish. I'm not going to lose my dinner over it, but I'm not happy. This place did not advertise halal meat (as some of the local butcher shops do), so I hadn't thought to ask. Anyway, did I somehow do wrong by eating here, particularly when there is a Christian alternative where, presumably, the animals who gave their lives for the food were not slaughtered in the name of a false god?