“A woman whose son is in federal prison in Fort Worth says he has complained about the lack of pork, saying he had heard it was because of complaints from Muslim inmates.” However, “while there have been grumblings from some inmates’ family members that the prohibition had to do with Muslim or Jewish dietary restrictions, Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said that isn’t the case.”
We know it wasn’t because of Jewish dietary restrictions, because Jews don’t demand that everyone else abide by their dietary laws, and there aren’t that many Jews in prisons. What it was really about, says Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross, was that inmates voted pork down: “It was really based on the survey of inmate population as well as cost.” Another BOP spokesperson, Dana Williams, explained that on this survey of prisoners, “Year after year the most disliked item menu was pork,” BOP spokesperson Dana Williams told Quartz. Does the increasing number of Islamic jihadist and other Muslim inmates account for this? Williams didn’t say, and apparently wasn’t asked.
And while Bureau of Prisons officials are blaming the cost of pork as well as this survey, Dave Warner of the National Pork Producers Council says the cost really isn’t very high at all. So this is the situation: a popular food item that is banned under Islamic law is reportedly voted down, year after year, by prisoners, and BOP officials say they’re dropping it because it also costs too much, even though it doesn’t. And their decision just happens to coincide with Sharia at a time when the Obama Administration and Islamic advocacy groups are actively working in numerous fields to make special accommodation for Islamic laws and mores, and when some Muslims around the world are becoming increasingly aggressive in demanding that non-Muslims conform to their ways of living. But that has nothing to do with it, you see.
“Inmates, industry decry feds pulling pork from menus,” by Bill Hanna, Star-Telegram, October 7, 2015 (thanks to MLB):
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is going whole hog in cutting pork from its menu.
With this month’s start of fiscal year 2016, there will be no bacon, no pork chops, no pork roast, no pork sausage — no pork-related food at all — served to the nation’s 205,723 federal inmates, including those at FCI Fort Worth or FMC Carswell.
While there have been grumblings from some inmates’ family members that the prohibition had to do with Muslim or Jewish dietary restrictions, Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said that isn’t the case.
A woman whose son is in federal prison in Fort Worth says he has complained about the lack of pork, saying he had heard it was because of complaints from Muslim inmates.
“It was really based on the survey of inmate population as well as cost,” Ross said. “Religious meals are accommodated but that does not affect the national menu.”
Dave Warner, a spokesman with the National Pork Producers Council, said pulling pork from the menu is taking the punishment aspect of prison a little too far.
“For people who are incarcerated, we understand that they’re denied certain rights and freedoms but we don’t think bacon should be one of them,” Warner said.
Warner also questioned whether the pork ban was based on inmate preference, saying he was skeptical that inmates would vote pork off the menu.
“I do find it hard to believe that the majority would say ‘No thank you to bacon,’” Warner said. “I’m not sure cost would really be an issue. Sausage is one of the commodities USDA buys. I know they buy a lot of that for the school lunch program and pork crumbles are used on pizza. The USDA is getting a good product at a very good price.”…
The Bureau of Prisons isn’t alone in prohibiting pork.
Residents of the Tarrant County Jail haven’t been served any pork products since Dee Anderson became sheriff 15 years ago, said spokesman Terry Grisham.
“In our contract with respective food vendors we express that there will be no pork products served,” Grisham said. “Simply, it just makes it easier so we don’t violate any medical or religious diets of any kind.”…