Pork, along with alcohol, gambling and adultery, is one of most strictly prohibited things for both Muslims and Jews.
However, following the influx of refugees from war-torn countries in the Middle East, a city in Denmark has ordered the popular meat to be compulsory on all menus in public domain. Considering the majority of asylum-seekers entering the European country follow Islam, it is hard to believe that the new regulation has nothing to do with Muslims — even if the officials insist it's not.
The council members in Randers, a principally Lutheran city, narrowly approved the law first proposed by the populist Danish People’s Party that is quite renowned for its anti-immigration stance. The officials are adamant that the move is necessary to preserve the Danish food tradition and is not an attack on Muslims.
Council member Frank Noergaard said the new rule wasn’t supposed to be taken as “harassment of Muslims,” but he also noted that they had received “several complaints about too many concessions” being made to Muslims in the country.
“The signal we want to send here is that if you're a Muslim and you plan to come to Randers, don't expect you can impose eating habits on others. Pork here is on an equal footing with other food,” he told the Associated Press, adding that food items permissible in Islam would still be available on the municipal menus.
This is not the first time Danish government has taken steps to oppose Muslims’ habit of eating. In 2013, former Prime Minister Helle Throning-Schmidt lashed out at some nurseries for serving halal-butchered meat instead of pork after Muslim children refused to eat it.
With Denmark being a big producer of pork, it is not entirely surprising that it is also one of the most popular food items in the country. However, since both Muslims and Jews actively avoid pork and any other food item that might contain traces of it, its presence on almost every menu in the city appears to be a move to restrict people of particular faiths.