The Politics of Pork in Germany
Sun, March 6, 2016
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Germany’s ruling political party is introducing plans to ensure pork stays on the menu in public canteens in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein after some nurseries and schools have pulled pork to accommodate Muslim children.
“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 Gunther, the CDU parliamentary group leader told media.
“No one should be obliged to do so," he said. "But we also don't want the majority having to refrain from pork."
The policy to promote pork will be brought forward at next week’s regional parliamentary session. It highlights issues of integration as German authorities struggle to accommodate a growing Muslim population.
Decisions to remove pork from the menu are likely to be seen as capitulation rather than tolerance and are likely to inflame community tensions. It also encourages Islamist activists to make further demands of the German state.
The management of the Arriba Water Park, also in Schleswig-Holstein, has implemented gender segregated times for their water slides following a brutal rape attack by two Afghan refugees against two teenage German girls, according to The Daily Mail.
The park was also the scene of a previous sex attack last summer. It has added additional security cameras and hired plainclothes security staff dressed in swimwear to patrol the park.
Sex attacks by migrants from Muslim-majority countries have become a hot issue in Germany since the violent assaults on women outside Cologne train station and in other places on New Year’s Eve.
What is driving the attacks is unclear. They seem to be driven by a combination of cultural differences, in which recent arrivals are unused to Western notions of gender equality and by Islamist concepts of superiority in which Western women are seen as lesser and therefore legitimate targets.
A desire to dominate the West by attacking Western women may also play a role.
In this context the decision to implement separate times for men and women is a sad reaction that points to the inability of Germans to maintain the hard won rights of women in public spaces.
It is vital that the German state finds the resources to uphold law and order and ensure that whichever communities build a home in Germany human rights and equality for all are upheld impartially.