Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Soup Kitchen Racist Towards Jews And Muslims Because Pork Is On The Menu

A French organization can keep distributing pork soup to the homeless, a court has ruled, rejecting police complaints that it is racist. Police banned the soup kitchen last month, saying the handouts discriminated against Jews and Muslims who do not eat pork on religious grounds. The administrative court said the distribution was "clearly discriminatory", but could not be stopped because the organizers offered to feed anyone who asked for help. The mayor of Paris condemned the ruling and urged the police to appeal the ruling."Faced by this initiative which stinks of xenophobia, I want once again to express city hall's desire to fight all forms of discrimination, racism and antisemitism," mayor Bertrand Delanoe said. The food handouts are organized by a nationalist group called Solidarity of the French (SDF). It says its "pig soup", which uses pork fat for stock, is country fare much loved by French traditionalists. "No one has ever been able to prove that anyone has been refused soup or clothes on the grounds of their religion or race," SDF lawyer Frederic Pichon told France Info radio after today's court decision.