A spreading decision to ban pork products from Germany's schools, daycares and public facilities out of concerns for offending Muslim refugees has taken a twist and hit a wall, as Chancellor Angela Merkel's own CDU party issued this call to arms: Sausage prohibitions would be damaging to our national culture.
Daniel Gunther, a representative for the party, said, the Express reported: "The protection of minorities, including for religious reasons, must not mean that the majority is overruled in their free decision by ill-conceived consideration."
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Gunther said schools and other public venues shouldn't be so quick to remove the menu item just because some may not indulge due to religious beliefs. He also said tolerance runs both ways.
"[It also means] the appreciation and sufferance of other food cultures and lifestyles," he said, adding those who didn't want to eat pork didn't have to, the Express reported. "No one should be obliged to do so. But we also don't want the majority having to refrain from pork."
Germany, which hosts Oktoberfest each year, has a long history of offering sausages and other pork products at its national events.