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French angry at Muslims for baconlessness

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 21, 2010 | 7:30 am

I know Europe has some serious hypersensitivities to the spread of Islam in its more secular culture but ... really? From FaithWorld:

Police in the northern city of Lille launched an investigation on Friday into claims that a fast food restaurant was discriminating against non-Muslim customers by dropping bacon burgers from its menu and using only halal meat. The public prosecutor ordered the probe after the Socialist mayor of the nearby town of Roubaix sued the Quick fast food chain for switching to follow Muslim dietary laws in eight of its 350 branches.

Quick — a rival to far larger global chains like McDonald’s in France and Belgium — now offers smoked turkey and halal beef and no pork in those branches.  “Why should the people of Roubaix be forced to go to Lille or elsewhere to find bacon?” Franck Berton, the lawyer for Mayor René Vandierendonck, asked when we asked him about this case.

How is that discrimination? They’re not telling Christians and Jews that they have to eat at a fast-food restaurant that doesn’t have an oddly redundant name. Why should the people of Roubaix be forced to go to Lille? Well, because this is a private business, and if they don’t want to sell bacon, they shouldn’t have to.

Hard to understand, though, why anyone wouldn’t want bacon.

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