“Curd and honey shall he eat, when he knoweth to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” Isaiah 7:15 (The Israel Bible™)
Religious tolerance has come head-to-head with freedom of choice in one German state, as some schools and nurseries in Schleswig-Holstein have pulled pork from their menus in deference to Muslim students, reported Deutsche Welle. The ruling party of Germany, however, is working to protect its citizens’ rights, introducing plans to preserve the pork option in public canteens.
“The protection of minorities – including for religious reasons – must not mean that the majority is overruled in their free decision by ill-conceived consideration,” Daniel Günther, the CDU parliamentary group leader, said.
Günther told local German paper Lübecker Nachrichten, “The consumption of pork belongs to our culture.” Religious tolerance also means “the appreciation and sufferance of other food cultures and lifestyles.”
Having pork on the menu, he said, does not obligate anyone to consume the pig product. “No one should be obliged to do so,” he said. “But we also don’t want the majority having to refrain from pork.”
The controversy highlights the clash of cultures which Germany has faced of late due to the influx of Muslim immigrants and refugees. The country is struggling to find a balance between maintaining its humanitarian outlook and its unique culture.
The CDU plans to introduce its pork promotion policy at next week’s regional parliamentary session. Pork production plays an important role in the agriculture of Schleswig-Holstein in particular.
Following the flood, God tells Noah, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be for food for you; as the green herb have I given you all” (Genesis 9:3). While pig products are later forbidden specifically to the children of Abraham, they are certainly not forbidden to all of humanity.