One of the challenges posed by the huge wave of Muslim refugees flooding Europe — besides the terrorists hidden amongst them — is that many of these immigrants don’t wish to assimilate into the country where they’ve resettled. And many well-meaning lefties, in their eagerness to prove how open-minded and humanitarian they are, bend over backward to accommodate them — often at the expense of the established culture and heritage.
We’ve seen it happen here in the U.S. already, for example, with this Christian chapel that was “cleansed” of its Christian trappings to accommodate Islamic faith.
Now, one town in Denmark is fighting back against the diminishment of its culture, declaring “war” in a fight to ensure future generations will enjoy one integral part of Danish culture: pork.
A Danish town has made it mandatory for public institutions such as schools to serve pork, in the latest development of what has become know as the Nordic country’s “meatball war”.
Denmark is home to 5.6 million people and around 13 million pigs. Sales of pork products and live pigs account for more than 5% of the country’s exports and the product is considered integral to nation’s culture by many citizens.
However, due to mass-Muslim immigration and multicultural zeal, at least 30 of the country’s 1,719 daycare institutions have completely banned it or switched to halal, Ekstra Bladet found.
This led former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to strongly criticise the nurseries that dropped pork from their menus in 2013, which sparked a national debate.
The town council of Randers in central Denmark has now responded strongly, voting to make the meat “mandatory” for the purposes of upholding Danish culture.
The said they wanted to ensure municipal institutions such as nurseries provided “Danish food culture as a central part of the offering – including serving pork on an equal footing with other foods”.
They also insisted that the aim was not to force anybody to eat anything that “goes against one’s belief or religion”.
“We will ensure that Danish children and youth can have pork in the future,” Randers town councilman Frank Nørgaard told Randers Amtsavis.
Now THAT’S a noble goal if I’ve ever heard one!
“We just want to ensure pork in our institutions for those who want it. This isn’t about a general distrust of our institutions’ leaders, but more and more places around the country are trying to sneak through [policies that say] there shouldn’t be pork served in the institutions,” Mr. Nørgaard added.
The move has been welcomed by the anti mass immigration Danish People’s party (DPP), which said it was “unacceptable to ban Danish food culture”.
“The DPP is working nationally and locally for Danish culture, including Danish food culture, and consequently we also fight against Islamic rules and misguided considerations dictating what Danish children eat,” party spokesman Martin Henriksen wrote on Facebook.
The DPP agreed in November 2013 to abandon a closely fought mayoral campaign in suburban Copenhagen if the incumbent promised to serve more pork meatballs in public canteens, as well as bring back the town’s official Christmas tree.
Funny in sad kind of way — meatballs and Christmas trees have now become political bargaining tools!
Meanwhile, in the U.S., we recently reported on the use of bacon being investigated as a possible “hate crime” — a story that, while providing ample room for humor, also inspired legitimate worry of slippery slopes that might lead to restrictions other uses of bacon (e.g., eating it).
As with so many aspects of this Muslim refugee crisis, Europe is on the bleeding edge — alerting us to problems before we’re hit hard with them here. If we will only heed the alarms.
Kudos to this Danish town for standing up for its culture — and for future generations to enjoy PORK!
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]