mad anthony

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Is eating bacon insensitive? (I hope not)

Via Lileks comes an interesting article about a Scotland making a bar remove a "no porking" sign in their parking lot because it's offensive to Muslims. The bar is next to a mosque, and the Muslims there are convinced that it was put up to offend them.

Mad Anthony considers himself a tolerant person, but thinks tolerance goes both ways. If you don't want people to critique your belief system, then you have to be willing to put up with people behaving in ways that you don't necesarily agree with.

And eating pork, depicting pigs, or otherwise referencing the word "pork", is hardly racist or anti-religious behavior for most people. In fact, for many people, it's lunch. mad anthony is driving up to NJ for Easter, and he's probably going to eat some ham. Not because, you know, he hates Muslims, but because he likes him some ham.

Mad Anthony is a Catholic, although not a very good one. Catholics aren't supposed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent, the 6-week preperation period before Easter. Should I be able to complain that McDonalds advertising 2 for $2.22 Big Macs on a Friday during lent is offensive and worthy of an "anti-social behavior order" or whatever the U.S. equivilant is?


At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah... advertising Big Macs may not be offensive to Catholics. But as a Muslim, I think it is offensive that McDonald's doesn't make a beef based breakfast- besides of course the all elusive Steak Egg and Cheese Bagel which was probably meant for the Jewish crowd (I hate bagels). I just moved to Madison from Phoenix. In Arizona you can go to any McDonald's and order a McGriddle or McMuffin, or whatever they're called, with whatever meat you want on them. The local McDonald's (actually in Fitchburg) refuses to give me a hamburger McGriddle, or even a Steak Egg and Cheese McGriddle. As far as I'm concerned, McDonald's (at least the one in Fitchburg) can kiss my non-pork eating ass!


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