US: ‘bacon’ sign removed to avoid offending Muslims


Offensive

Offensive

Tolerance is a one way street where Islam is concerned.

Here is a perfect example of why many people are suspicious of, and worried by, the presence of Islam in the West:

A city program put [the sign – pictured right] in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum.

It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a Muslim she is personally offended by it.

The owners of Sneakers spoke to WPTZ. They say they’ve reached out to the individual who made the post and proactively took the sign down. They also say they regret any harm caused by the sign, and that their goal was never to cause stress or bad feelings.

No one is forcing anyone to eat bacon – people are free to choose whether to or not. Yet the restaurant has chosen (under duress) to comply with sharia law, in order not to offend Muslim sensibilities. The freedom of the restaurant to advertise its services has now been severely restricted.

Personally, I find that restriction deeply offensive in a free country. Yet the offence given to me is irrelevant – no one would listen to my complaint for an instant, coming as it does from the ‘white majority oppressors’.

I find all special treatment and acquiescence to Muslim sensibilities which impact on other people (note the qualification) offensive. I don’t want to eat halal food, thank you very much, but I am often forced to, sometimes unwittingly, because manufacturers have succumbed to pressure from Muslim groups to make all their products halal. 

If I were to go and live in Saudi, and I was ‘offended’ by the fact that I was unable to purchase alcohol or pork, what do you think the Saudi government’s response would be if I complained? Do you think they would open a bottle shop and start selling bacon sandwiches in a spirit of encouraging ‘diversity’ and ‘cultural enrichment’? Do you think the Saudi government would be concerned by my protestations of ‘kafirphobia‘ for not providing such services? You get the picture – you come to our country, you live by our rules.

But it seems that whilst it is the case that when non-Muslims go to Muslim countries they must comply with Muslim rules, it seems that when the situation is reversed, it is the non-Muslim countries that must comply with Muslim rules. We must be tolerant of those who are intolerant towards us.

It is unfortunately more evidence of the supremacist nature of Islam – that wherever Islam goes, it takes precedence over the local laws and customs, and I find that offensive.

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