We should respect the eating habits of every religion or culture

Barbecue pork
Photo Credit: Grab Your Fork

In my previous article Muslim Dunkin Donuts - No Pork on my Fork, I warned everyone not to hire or deal with Muslims ever because Islam is inimical to the culture of Western Civilization.

Reader Tom Jones left a comment disagreeing with me:

In my opinion it is not racial but religious discrimination. By only sponsoring shops that sell pork they are showing favoritism to religions that allow pork and discrimination against religions that forbid pork and the favoritism amounts to discrimination. As a person who is forbidden pork, I resent the corporate policy. It is not only touching pork but the inhalation of pork fumes from cooking and the pork grease on everything I touch, not to mention making me deal with religious hypocrites who still eat pork and claim they are people of G-d, which is forbidden by my religion, we are not to associate with hypocrites, including the hypocrisy of eating pork as a Jew, Muslim or Christian.

It is very offensive that I have been subject to pork eaters in order to get a job. What is it about respect that they do not understand? Or is it that serving Lucifer by eating pork, means that they can not get by without doing it?

I mean really how hard is it not to eat pork for the few hours per day a person is at work or at school? And how hard is it not to sell pork in public places? If people must eat pork they should do it only at home out of respect for others. When I drive by a BBQ and the pork fumes coat me or my car and children it offends me and violates my religion, but some don't want to respect this and that should be a crime. Your hypocritical thinking has forced many a religious person to deny their own faith for fear of losing their livelihood and the USA in particular should make this illegal. This is overdue in my opinion!

I know what you are thinking, "This is so ridiculous an opinion, so absurd, so outrageous, that it must be a joke, a farce, a hoax."

But let me entertain it nonetheless, on the off chance this person is actually serious. Although he does not explicitly state that he is Muslim, obviously his point of view makes perfect sense in an Islamic country. In America we have other points of view that if we had to respect in the manner he suggested would almost prohibit the sale of anything to eat. Hindus abhor the eating of beef and vegans the eating of any animal product or even dairy and eggs.

Could we also ask, "Really how hard is it not to eat pork/beef/chicken/eggs/milk for the few hours per day a person is at work or at school? And how hard is it not to sell in public places? If people must eat pork/beef/chicken/eggs/milk they should do it only at home out of respect for others."

But I am a little confused. Tom (if that's his real name) asks, "How hard is it not to sell pork in public places? If people must eat pork they should do it only at home out of respect for others."

But, my dear Tom, if we cannot buy pork in public places, how do we obtain it so that we'll be able to eat it at home? Must we go to Harlem and find a corner dealer? "Pot, coke, heron, pork..."

There are many Hindu workers in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Do those countries prohibit the sale of beef products in public places out of respect to Hindus? I don't think so. It seems that Muslims want everyone to respect their primitive and barbaric cultural and religious preferences, but have no problem disrespecting the religious practices of others.

In my previous post Advice to Stanislav Shmulevich on proper way to flush the Koran, we noted how Muslims would love it if the desecration of the Qur'an were made a felony crime. Of course, Muslims respect the Christian Bible and would never desecrate it:

19 May 2005,
Saudis Shred Bibles, Rights Campaigners Claim

"It's a very well-known fact that if you have a Bible at customs when you enter the airport, and if they find the Bible, that the Bible is taken and put in the shredder," he said in an interview this week.

"If you have more than one Bible you will be taken into custody, and if you have a quantity of Bibles you will be given 70 lashes for sure - you could even be executed."

Surely this cannot be official Saudi policy?

Tammy Bruce,
8 Aug 2007,
The Saudis Threaten to Confiscate Bibles from Tourists

"A number of items are not allowed to be brought into the kingdom due to religious reasons and local regulations," declares the Web site of Saudi Arabian Airlines, the country's national carrier.

After informing would-be visitors that items such as narcotics, firearms and pornography may not be transported into the country, the Web site adds: "Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are also prohibited. These may include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols such as the Star of David, and others."

Holy Qur'an in the light of Lamp
Flickr User: genidark.
I get it, the Saudis do not want Bibles or crucifixes brought into their country in order to keep them from being desecrated. It's a public service for the foreign traveller. How thoughtful! But I'm sure it is only the symbols of other religions which are banned, not the actual religion itself. Islam is tolerant of other religions, isn't it?

Arutz Sheva,
10 Aug 2007,
Saudi Arabia Bars Bible-Bearing Flight Attendant

...on a recent visit to Princeton University, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal declared, "Arab tradition and Muslim tradition is geared towards having an open mind. Muslim religion accepts Christianity and Judaism."

Last year, a Saudi Arabian court sentenced a teacher to 40 months in prison and 750 lashes for discussing the Bible and praising Jews.

He was charged with promoting a "dubious ideology, mocking religion, saying the Jews were right, discussing the Gospel and preventing students from leaving class to wash for prayer," according to a local newspaper report.

A report in 2005 by the U.S. State Department criticized Saudi Arabia, saying religious freedoms "are denied to all but those who adhere to the state-sanctioned version of Sunni Islam."

If you have no idea what one lash feels like, let alone 750, go buy a whip and have someone whip you once. ONCE. Then you will appreciate the barbarity of any culture that allows more than 40 lashes to be meted out.

I say that we should respect Islam and the Qur'an in the same proportion and degree as Islam respects other religions and religious Holy books; that is to say, not at all.

Yes, my dear reader Tom Jones, I suggest you look up religious hypocrite. Perhaps you will see yourself described there.

As for the title of this article: I really believe we should respect the eating habits of every religion or culture. Eat whatever you want - but as for banning what I want to eat? Kindly mind your own business. You don't like pork vapors wafting through the air? Go to Saudi Arabia where you can smell the delicious aroma of Bibles and Torahs being burned.

Disclaimer: If Tom had submitted proof that pork vapors physically harm your body I would agree with him.

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