German kindergartens blasted for controversial pork ban, parents say scandal ‘gone too far’
A couple of daycare centers in the eastern city of Leipzig caused a stir earlier this week when they decided to exclude pork from their menus because several of the enrolled children were Muslim. “Out of respect for a changing world, only pork-free meals and snacks will be ordered and served starting from July 15,” they explained in a letter to parents.
The move sparked outrage on social media and prompted accusations of kowtowing to the country’s Muslim minority, with the hashtag ‘Schweinefleisch’ (pork) occupying the top trending spot on Twitter. National and local politicians also chimed in, slamming the pork ban as inappropriate. Heated debates forced the kindergartens to put the pork ban on hold, and police were called in for protection.Also on rt.com Fair comment or racism? Award-winning German artist under fire over ‘Islamophobic’ cartoons
One parent told RT that he does not see the absence of pork from the menu as a big deal. “You can always bring a wiener or something to breakfast or lunch – it’s completely okay,” he said.
Other parents who RT spoke to believe the controversy was blown out of proportion, but it was the kindergarten staff who handled the situation poorly from the start.
“The scandal has gone too far,” one person said. “We should think this over, and it should have been discussed among the parents first.”
The daycare centers may have had good intentions, wanting to “make sure no child would be isolated,” another parent noted. “This is a very unfortunate situation that wasn’t explained well by those in charge.”
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