Recycled Hoax Falsely Claims Maryborough Mayor Refused To Remove Pork From School Canteens After Muslim Demands
According to a message that is being passed around via social media, the blogosphere, and email, the mayor of the Australian city of Maryborough has refused to comply to the demands of the local Muslim community to remove pork from school cafeterias in the district.
Supposedly, the mayor had the town clerk send a rather strident note to all parents explaining his reasons for refusing the supposed Muslim demand.
However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. In fact, the message is just a revamped version of on older hoax that originated in Belgium.
I thought that that letter started out well. It did deteriorate into ignorance and aggressive speech.
Just because someone is a Muslim does not mean that they can migrate to any Muslim country.
Muslims are fleeing now from radicals who are Muslim, just as Christians have in the past needed to flee from Christians who were radicals. There are still places in tho world where Christians fight Christians in the name of religeon. Yet many seek to denounce all Muslims as 'the same.'
That letter would have created more unity if it had not ended with hostile shouting. Capitals imply shouting in writing.
Honestly, the request for pork not to be served should have received the same intelligent consideration and polite response as my unpopular (at the time) request that school tuck shops not to serve junk food. Other parents requesting that those foods I disapproved of be available, be available. I didn't shout at them and tell them to leave Australia because they did not want to eat bush-tucker.
Every person in a community should be able to express a request and have it considered in a civil manner. I'd hope that being Australian meant that most would reply without going into a 'tirade about religious laws' and 'going back where you come from'.
I was not impressed by that letter, although in initially began as a reasoned and well-written reply.
That law about not eating pork is a law that is common to the Muslim. Jewish and the Christian faith as it is from Isaiah 65:4, where God is said to have instructed the prophet Isaiah to inform his people that those who eat the flesh of pigs will go to destruction. At the time, that was a good 'health' law as pigs are one of the closest animals, genetically speaking, to humans and thus diseased pigs are more likely to pass a disease to humans via the eating of their improperly cooked flesh. Pigs once again have the attention of health scientists who see this close link to humans as beneficial (pig liver transplants to humans) and a serious health risk (swine flu) Human diseases have mutated in pigs and come back to us in a more virulent form—maybe the prophet Isaiah knew something we didn't.
Pork and poultry and fish are faster to spoi than most foods. Bacteria contaminated pork is one of the most common causes of serious food poisoning. I'm wary of eating it if I've not prepared it myself or seen it cooked and served quickly.
There is actually some health logic behind not serving pork in public places. Consider that there is a ban on peanuts in most schools because a few are allergic to them. Did those who ask for the peanut ban that get yelled at and told they were un-Australian?
There are sections of all the religions who have the Old Testament as a part of their Holly Book, who still consider that pork is forbidden, this is not a un-Australian attitude. I can assure the Mayer of Maryborough that many people (not me) do not touch pork for religious reasons, and they are fifth generation Australians and not of the Muslim faith.
There was no excuse for intolerant, verbal abuse, as displayed at the end of that letter. The shortened reply, that first part, about respecting the rights or all, was excellent writing, and persuasively hooks readers into receiving that bigoted message at the end.
I can recall back in the sate 1960s when the Australian Catholic church distributed booklets to young women, informing us that we were evel for showing our bare arms, lower legs, and did not cover our hair with a hat. Should I have gone back to where my great grand parents came from because I was not a 'good' 1960s Catholic girl? Should I have gone back? Where to? And at that time being C of E was considered typically Australian and I refused to go The Church of England on Sundays and pray for the Queen, Prince Phillip, Charles and Anne and the queen's corgis? That's my point—Australians are diverse. Unless you are an Aboriginal your people brought their customs to Australia and held on to many of them.
I recall being 'shocked,' that that was what we were asked to pray for when we had Russia and the US threatening nuclear war and famine in large parts of the world.
The point I'm making is with that analogy is, people should be allowed to request change and have their requests considered and replied to with reasoning. I expect that from people who are elected to high office. I expect an electorate to strive to choose people of logic, people with diplomatic skill, into office.
I'm saddened when I hear anyone speaking with a bigoted voice.
This Muslim couple would be welcome as a part of my Australia. I tire of the anti-Halal memes I see on social media.
For those who use religion to judge another:
Romans 14:3 New International Version Christian Bible.
The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.
The above scripture makes it clear that Christians should not judge Muslims for choosing to eat Halal food. It also supports the right to those who chose (as I do) to eat pork. I've many Muslim friends. None of them objects to anything I do in the course of my life. Our lives are enriched by what we all give to our community.