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.