Bacon ad offends Vermont Muslim

Bacon ad offends Vermont Muslim

Sneakers Bistro in Winooski, Vermont, fixed a sign to lamppost advertising its bacon dishes, but quickly removed it after a Muslim woman said it offended her.

This disgraceful act of submission occurred after a discussion about “diversity” erupted on the Winooski Front Porch Forum where one woman wrote that the sign (inset in the picture above) was “insensitive” to those who do not consume pork. She said that as a Muslim she is personally offended by it.

According to this report, a city programme was put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses did some gardening they could post an advertisement at the chosen location. Sneakers enthusiastically joined in, and put of a sign saying “Yield for Sneakers bacon”

The owners of Sneakers told a local news channel that they reached out to the individual who made the post and took the sign down. They also said they regretted any harm it caused and that their goal was never to cause stress or bad feelings.

Said Caleb Wiley an area resident:

It’s nice that they were respectful enough to take it down, but I also think they shouldn’t have.

Other Winooski residents joined the conversation, and online too. One post reads the word “bacon” is not offensive. It’s something that describes food.

Winooski’s city manager, Katherine “Deac” Decarreau, spoke on behalf of Winooski. She said:

The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it’s not always comfortable. It’s a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation. The City has to pay attention to a lot of factors while acting within what we can regulate.

Others recognised it’s a complicated issue, too. One said:

I respect her religion and her right to believe what she wants but I’m pretty sure the first amendment extends to bacon and the selling of it.

39 responses to “Bacon ad offends Vermont Muslim”

  1. Newspaniard says:

    All an islamist has to do, is get out his victim card and suddenly us infidels are all apologizing… it doesn’t seem to work in Iraq ‘tho, they kill us anyway.

  2. Rob Andrews says:

    THe city manager said: “this is being done out of respect”. But I don’t think so. As a long time visitor to this website I see what is going on in Britain. The authorities are caving in right and left…FEAR-the west is afraid of bombing etc.

    One way to counter this kind of thing is for patrons of Sneaker Bistro is to mount counter demonstrations and write emails etc.Telling the city fathers how much they like the diner. Secularist must use the same tools and the Muslims are using to counter this; but I don’t think we in the west have the dedication. We’re to casual about our freedoms.

    Censorship is one tool of communication that religions have always used. Like; Propaganda, secracy;spying. This still happens to me on ‘yahoo answers, religion & spirituality board’ My anti-religions answers are always reported for being inapproate.

    Check out the R&S board on yahoo answers. clikke to ‘religion and spirtiuality’ board.

    No god, no sin, no guilt, no hell,.no problem

  3. A Confused Atheist says:

    It seems that the three Abrahamic religions all think alike on one bit: They try to control everyone else, but if they do not get their own way, then suddenly they are the victims of an apparent ‘persecution’ conspiracy.

  4. Broga says:

    @Rob Andrew: Excellent post. A pleasure to read.

  5. David Anderson says:

    “The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it’s not always comfortable. It’s a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation.”

    There was no conversation. The owners of Sneakers were probably more afraid of having their windows broken or their heads cut off.

  6. L.Long says:

    It’s just caving in to religion but not out of any respect. But fear! Not fear of islame, Oh! No! Out of fear that is they tell islame to take their beliefs and shovel them up their ass, then guess what will happen when I get all pissy cuz you are making me feel bad because of my religious BS??
    They have to give into islame because if they don’t, it becomes an implied permission to do the same to them. And we all know how much of a wimpy assed nothings their religion and gawd are.

  7. Trevor Blake says:

    “And slay (non-Muslims) wherever ye find them.” I am offended by passage 2:191 the Quran. Does that mean I get some free bacon, or less advertising, or a day without Islam? I know that being offended gives me special privileges (but no special responsibilities), just a little unclear as to what my prize is.

  8. Paul Cook says:

    Is this woman so weak, so pathetic, so fragile that a word – bacon- on a sign, {and ONE woman), causes her such deep hurt, such immense problems, such terrible terrible suffering, that she has to complain about the word bacon. And then after that complaint, it is taken down to placate her. Is she going to die suddenly if she reads the word? Is she going to be traumatised so badly she can never live a full life? Is she going to be mentally defective for ever, be unable to lead a normal life, live in a multi-cultural society, because of that sign?

    No no no no, she is all of these things already.

    I cannot ever see resolutions to the religious problem if the sign is taken down in such a way for such a ridiculous reason. Let us call this as it is : She has no reason whatsoever. It is an absolute disgrace.

    To cater to this lone, dangerous, infantile voice is extreme cowardice.

  9. cathy drach says:

    Put the sign back up, it is not offensive. What is offensive is submitting to even one persons demands based on her religious beliefs. What a sad, weak and pathetic thing to do.

  10. Lon says:

    I love Black Jesus and Black Jesus loves bacon and bacon is just another reason that i know Black Jesus love me.

  11. sailor1031 says:

    Wow. I just read a few questions and answers on that yahoo site my IQ must have dropped 50 points. I’ll have to listen to Mozart for hours and hours now.

  12. Alan says:

    Is there anything these people like? Their arrogance is bewildering. They never think for one moment how much they offend others with their crass superstitions, opinions and rituals.

  13. Broga says:

    @Alan: The offence seems to be all one way. I was “offended” this morning hearing BBC radio give a long PR plug for a spokesman for the Mormons. Never a challenge never mind a query. Just hearing about how they were training more missionaries to infest other countries.

    As if that wasn’t enough we had another piece of spin from Archbishop John Sentamu who is fasting and praying for peace in the Middle East. He has, of course, to make sure we all know about his efforts. Not enough to fast and pray in private. If peace happens God has answered the prayer. If it doesn’t then we will hear no more.

    I suppose atheists are not considered as being worthy of being offended.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Archbishop John Sentamu who is fasting and praying for peace in the Middle East.

    Then the poor folk suffering in the Middle East might as well give up!

    Prating, posing, pontificating prelates. Pfft!

  15. barriejohn says:

    Don’t read this, it might prove injurious to your health:

    The other non-Muslims and atheists (disbelievers of God) will agree only if convinced through reason, logic and science. Eating of pork can cause no less than SEVENTY different types of diseases.

    “Reason, logic, and science”? These people just can’t see how ridiculous they look, can they?

  16. barriejohn says:

    Here’s an even better page:

    Although we have progressed and developed in the fields of technology and better living standards, however, the thing that has declined in that process is the value of humans in general and the existence of humanity in particular. There is aggression, tension and violence among humans, the likes of which humanity has not seen ever throughout history.

    None of this caused by Muslims, of course. Sadly, the site does not appear to be a spoof one!

  17. AgentCormac says:

    FFS! These people and their iron-age, superstitious sensitivities are mind-bogglingly pathetic. Mrs Agent Cormac is a veggie and has been for 30 years. But does she complain to the ASA about Marks & Sparks’ food-porn ads featuring all manner of dead animals to grace the dinner tables of Britain? No. She accepts that other people (including myself) eat dead stuff. It’s called understanding. It’s called tolerance. It’s called having a bloody brain. So why do we pander to these idiots? They have a barely concealed plan, an agenda, and by not standing up to their demands now we are sleepwalking into a nightmare future where they will be telling us what is and isn’t acceptable.

    Stop the world, I really want to get off.

  18. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: You really do provide some great pieces. The piece on Islam was sheer class. I thought the comment on equality could not be surpassed until I came across:
    “it is clear that Islam does not force other people to accept Islam.”

    At which point I decided to have another glass of Laphroig and saver the whole piece anew. If killing people who do not covert is not “force” then I don’t know what the next level up can be.

    This was ripe stuff. Made my evening.

  19. barriejohn says:

    Broga: The bit that got me was his lament over “lack of tolerance towards people of other beliefs and values”. Christ Almighty – that just about sumes up Islam!

    Agent Cormac: Do you sometimes wonder whether they’re just winding us up? Maybe they are amazed that they are able to get away with what they do.

  20. barriejohn says:

    PS I’m not even going to look up life expectancy figures in non-pork-consuming Muslim countries as opposed to the infidel, civilized West, as I know what the result would be – but THEY wouldn’t be embarrassed by it.

  21. Matt Westwood says:

    So we all club together and complain about how the presence of Halal meat offends us humanists.

  22. Dioniogi says:

    The koran forbids the eating of pork; it does not for bid non-muslims from eating it nor does it forbid muslims talking about it. In many majority muslim countries pork can be purchased, i.e. Malaysia and Dubai.
    Only a small number of muslims have this insane idea that pork cannot be named, seen or talked about. I am a vegetarian please remove all advertising on billboards, television and newspapers concerning any meat or fish products or it will upset me. This just shows how ridiculous and backwards these people are who complain about such things and their stupidity for banning the muppets because of miss piggy.

  23. Paul Cook says:


    you make a good point about eating pork, this is the root of the religion problem, the imposition of rules for believers onto unbelievers. And often under some sanction of force.

    For example in the Middle east during ramadam, fasting for muslims (save in certain circumstances) is forbidden. But, the imposition of this onto others makes it a coercive policy or doctrine. Saudi and other states like it make unbelievers fast. And there are serious consequences if caught in public eating or drinking.

    What any one individual does with his or her god is none of my business and what i do is none of theirs. But the problem is that these people make mu business theirs. And the prohibition of public eating and drinking is wrong. If these people cannot tolerate seeing someone eat or drink, and they can’t control them selves with their own rules, then the problem is theirs and theirs alone.

  24. Philip Smeeton says:

    First they choose to be offended, and then they feel justified in carving off your head.

  25. barriejohn says:

    Paul Cook/Dioniogi: Sorry to burst your bubble.

    No babe is born but upon Fitra (as a Muslim).

    The final revelation teaches that all mankind have the recognition of Allah imprinted on their souls, a part of their very nature with which they are created.

    (E)very child is born with a natural belief in Allah and an inborn inclination to worship Him alone called in Arabic the “Fitrah”.

    So we are all Muslims.

  26. barriejohn says:

    Even animals worship Allah:

    (If you can make sense of that page please help me out!)

  27. barriejohn says:

    I see that that page was meant to be humorous. I’m not sure about this though:

  28. Ex Patriot says:

    The sign should not have come down because some brain dead cretin says it offends her. If she does not like it she can go back to the rat infested desert hole she probably came from. I am also wondering why a muslim is living in Vermont to start with, wouldn’t she freeze her ass wearing her garbage bag

  29. Har Davids says:

    Whatever happened to “You don’t have the right NOT to be offended”? I’m constantly offended by happenings in the Middle East, for example, where Muslims kill Muslims, amongst others, for som obscure reason, making all of us as a species look bad, but nobody has come forward to apologize. I’m looking forward to the day some moron starts complaining about the existence of bacon-sandwiches and they’ll be banned.

  30. Mephisto says:


  31. Matt Westwood says:

    “Saudi and other states like it make unbelievers fast.”

    No they don’t. At least, they didn’t when I was there in the early 1990s. And as most of their workforce is non-muslim, there are plenty of outlets where you can get fed during Ramadan.

  32. Mephisto says:

    Muslims only like their meat if it’s been decapitated in agony first. Unfortunately nowadays they’re not stopping at animals.

  33. Farside says:

    barriejohn, the post on animal worship is satire. Muslims believe that all animals worship Allah. Quran 22:18

    A complete list of my posts can be found at

    Kind Regards,

  34. Robster says:

    Don’t the muzzies do breakfast? I’ve read they like fasting so breaking the fast should be popular and what better way than with a big plate of freshly fried bacon, with an egg or two. Are eggs OK for muzzies? Who knows.

  35. barriejohn says:

    Farside: I did eventually work that out, as my next comment revealed. I should have realized that it was mocking their stupid claims if it was on that site!

  36. barriejohn says:

    The Bible. of course, as well as containing stories of talking animals also has numerous references to nature praising God, though one has to be careful where poetic language is being used. I think this may be where many of the religiots are going astray with their literalist view of things.

    “Sing, O you heavens; for the LORD has done it: shout, you lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it: for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.”

    (Isaiah 44:23)

  37. Matt Westwood says:

    “Don’t the muzzies do breakfast?” They have what is called “breakfast bacon” which is in fact beef cut to look like bacon and cured in a similar way so as to taste a bit like it.

    I didn’t fancy it. Instead, when I came home I went straight to the first cafe I saw and ordered a double portion of pork chops with mash, peas and gravy.

  38. Robster says:

    Matt Westwood, thanks for the info. I can’t understand the attraction of a belief system that won’t allow bacon! That and the required banging of the head on the floor while making silly noises, 5 times a day is a bit of a disincentive too. That putting the ladies in bags bit is even worse. If you’ve got to choose a belief system of some sort it’s difficult, they’ve all got faults they can’t seem to shake, probably best to ignore them all really.