“Politicians with the conservative Swiss People’s Party believe school authorities in Basel have caved to religious minorities in their decision to take pork off the school lunch menu in the coming school year.” No. They didn’t cave to “religious minorities.” Jews have never demanded that non-Jews stop eating pork, anywhere at any time. They caved to one religious minority, Muslims — the only religious minority that ever demands that the majority conform to its rules.
Politicians with the conservative Swiss People’s Party believe school authorities in Basel have caved to religious minorities in their decision to take pork off the school lunch menu in the coming school year.
Pork sausages are as much a part of Swiss cuisine as fondue and chocolate – so much so that a decision to remove them from the lunch menus of four primary schools in the district of Binningen in Basel-Country has left some local politicians fuming.
“We are outraged. When we first hear [about the decision] we thought we weren’t reading it right,” Swiss People’s Party representative Susanna Keller said at a local council meeting on Monday.
Speaking at the meeting, she argued that sausages such as the Klöpfer – a boiled sausage similar to the cervelat – were part of Switzerland’s cultural heritage.
“Could it be that we are adapting to certain cultures, rather than the other way around,” Keller said, according to local daily the Basellandschaftliche Zeitung.
In a formal information request provided to the council, the Swiss People’s Party asked if the decision would lead to “more demands in future”, without specifying what such demands could be.
But a spokesperson for the local council said the decision to remove pork from the menu came in response to a school survey which showed that around five percent of parents did not want pork on the menu. The reasons had not been investigated….
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