January 25, 2006

WHERE AHMADINEJAD GOT THE IDEA:

France Battling Bigot Broth for the Homeless (Der Spiegel, 1/25/06)
Soup doesn't usually figure to be terribly high on the police list of peace-disturbing priorities. And one might think that charitable groups handing out hot soup to homeless people on a frigid winter's day in Paris would engender a pat on the back rather than opprobrium. But the soup in question is made of pig parts, and Paris police don't approve.

For weeks now, groups associated with the far-right organization Bloc Identitaire have been handing out soup -- which they are calling "identity soup" -- to the homeless across the country and in neighboring Belgium. But rather than altruistic charity, critics see blatant racism. Muslims and Jews are forbidden by their religions from eating pork -- and excluding these groups, say many, is exactly the point of the handouts. [...]

"With pork in the soup, we return to our origins, our identity," Roger Bonnivard, head of homeless-support group Solidarity of the French and pork soup chef, told the Associated Press. "On every farm, you kill a pig and make a soup.... The pig is the food of our ancestors."
It would be more accurate to say that their ancestors are swine.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2006 10:06 AM
Comments

Basically, so what ?

It might be a problem if this group were refusing to serve soup to a particular group of people, based on their outward appearance, but in this case some homeless people are choosing to forego the soup - they would be served, if they wanted any.

Does the fact that some don't like the soup mean that none should be nourished ?

That would be falling into the liberal "perfect world" thought-trap.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 25, 2006 2:56 PM

Bloc Identitaire is a pretty dodgy group, though I'm surprised to learn that there's a big problem with the Jewish homeless in Paris.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 25, 2006 3:38 PM

given the nature of the french, it's surprising the article isn't about muslims being made into soup and fed to pigs.

Posted by: toe at January 25, 2006 5:33 PM
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