French mayor René Vandierendonck protested against his local Quick outlet by filing charges against the fast food chain, claiming that its decision to replace its bacon burgers with halal burgers is prejudicial religious catering that discriminates against non-Muslim customers. Though he says “yes to diversity,” he also says “no to exclusion,” emphasizing that “[Quick] goes too far when they propose only [halal].”
Other French politicians agree, adding that France needs to be defended from Islam’s growing influence. But critics argue that the controversy is rooted in widespread prejudice against Muslims. I agree. Would vegetarian burgers cause such a stir? And wouldn’t the converse — serving only bacon burgers — be discrimination against Muslims and vegetarians?
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