February 20, 2006
I learned today that the French government has shut down soup kitchens in the country, apparently, for offending Islam. Some of the free food given out to people in need contains pork, a traditional French, indeed, European ingredient. It's also delicious. Did I mention it's free? The problem people have is that it would make Muslim hobos search for a different free meal, somewhere else, which amounts to discrimination. Since France can't be seen in any way to so much as inconvenience for a moment either a hobo or a Muslim, and certainly not someone who is both, I suppose this action is to be expected. Sure, the French piggies claim it's all on "'administrative grounds,' claiming the soup kitchens do not have the correct papers." I'm just having trouble believing that the only places without the proper papers needed to give away food to hungry poor people were the ones serving ham sandwiches.
A clincher seems to be that these soup kitchens are run by "right-wing" groups who are purposely warding off Muslims with their pork soup. But could it be more likely that as nationalists, they're simply insisting upon serving traditional French food? Maybe not, but it's worth consideration before jumping to conclusions that serve the interests of religious morons.