There are people who would be angry if I put spiders in their food. Why? Plenty of cultures eat them. They are a good snack, why should you consider that an insult? Or a prank?
There are people who will feel angry and violated that there are spiders in their food. I am using spiders as an example because Tarantulas are a delicacy in Khmer culture. The reason?
Is completely irrational. I assure you that people eat it. I assure you that there is nothing wrong with it. But you are completely irrational in your dislike for this food. It is a cultural issue. The same applies to a lot of “weird” food. Be it things like Haggis and Black Pudding or things like Fish head curries. These are normal things eaten around the globe that we cannot fathom eating because they are so outside our cultural norm.
But put yourself in my place. I think black pudding is normal as is haggis. In fact? I have quite the taste for both after I swapped to a carnivorous diet. So it is puzzling to me when I hear Americans go “Ewww Haggis” or “Ewww blood pudding”.
But more than that? Islam and Hinduism have restrictions on what you eat. They have taboo foods. Pork and Beef. To consume it is to risk damnation. It is foolish and makes no sense, but the Muslims believe in it.
You are born into a religion. Your parents teach it to you because that is what they think is right. You have no more choice over it than the language you speak as a first language. And that includes dietary restrictions. You grow up thinking Beef is a terrible thing to be in contact with. Same with pork. But then as you wise up you realise it is no different from chicken or fish in terms of its special powers. Particularly if you are an atheist.
But if you believe? Then you believe that your very soul is tarnished by contact. Imagine pushing this on someone whose only crime is a superstition? It isn’t kind. It is just a dickish thing to do. It is bullying. But now imagine if you are doing it to an entire group of people. It is a discriminatory practice. It is a callous attack on a group of people solely for their beliefs.
If you don’t quite understand the difference. If you threw bacon at a Hassidic Jew it would be considered a hate crime. No one would say “Stupid Jews and their stupid ideas”. Why?
Because we like Jews. Muslims though can go rot. When we discuss Christianity we turn into Bible Scholars. When we discuss Islam? We quote Fox News and Ann Coulter.
The usage of bacon to desecrate the handles of doors isn’t a criticism of religion. This has NOTHING To do with the criticism of religion. This was an act of hate, designed to spread fear and loathing in the Muslim community. It was someone entering a designated safe space for Muslims in order to make it unsafe. At its core it is a dick move. But it has far wider repercussions. It is another crime in a long series of hate crimes against Muslims and indeed Asians as a whole since the anti-Muslim brigade generally identify Muslims by the colour of skin and the jump between Islamophobic acts and racism is oh so small.
And to those who say it is a Innocent and Victimless Crime?
The Crime is only Innocent and Victimless because you are actually refusing to listen to a victim of a similar crime. I repeat. I have had bacon sandwiches thrown at me because I am “a fucking paki”. There are similar crimes to this endured by Asians in the UK every day.
For fuck sake man. If an African American told you that fried chicken + watermelon = Racist you would fucking take him seriously. What the fuck does an Indian have to do to be taken seriously? You don’t think we have racism? The Revolt of 1857 in India was precipitated by a general distrust of British rifles as they used a greased cartridge which had to be torn open with the teeth of the soldier. However? It was believed that the grease used to keep it dry was from pigs and cows and the lack of assurances from the British and lack of understanding of the dietary restrictions caused widespread alienation of Hindu and Muslim troops. I just pointed out that the “event” where Indians died due to Beef and Pork fat beliefs cost 3 to 10 MILLION people. It is a fuck tonne of people. And it was portrayed as “Justice”. The reprisals to the revolt were not manifest destiny but justice.
Note? The public in the UK lauded the massacres. In fact? So many people died that no one kept count. The tragedy is that since India was mainly feudal there were no records. What we do know was that the British Labour pool was noted to have dropped by a third. Imagine a third of all able bodied workers vanishing? The entire city of Delhi was put to the sword. Delhi alone had a population of a million people back then so the fatalities would have been huge. The estimated toll is between 3 to 10 million people. A huge number of dead no matter what.
These were atrocity upon atrocity. The fact remains that this is something a lot of South Asians remember in the same way that Americans remember the Tea Party.
So when you have a bacon sandwich thrown at you, you see it differently because it never meant anything harmless to you.
Can you even comprehend that an Indian is telling you that these sort of crimes DO have victims. Painting Swastikas on the Synagogues is also victimless, but the meaning means something to the Jews within.
We understand how bad that is because we are aware of why it is a bad thing. We don’t wish to listen to the people saying that this is an act of hate. Mainly because we are ignoring the victims of the crime by saying “they are prissy”.
Guess what? I am an atheist and I know why the practice is done. The belief is that if pork touches a Muslim they will be unclean and punished for eternity. HAHAHA Let us make the stupid Mussie think he goes to hell.
Guess what? Muslims don’t have such a rule. It’s an insult but it isn’t their fault. They tried to avoid it to the best of their ability but could not due to the actions of others.
Hindus do. Do you know how much panic my parents had when someone made me eat beef for a joke? I had to go to Varnasi to wash away my uncleanliness. My parents grew past that but I remember the fear they had.
I repeat. If this is such an acceptable thing to do then I suggest you yourself pick up a strip of bacon and do the same to Jews. Use the same excuses being made. You know as well as I do that these excuses would not stand up. You would be roundly be called a bigot and treated as such.
Muslims are an acceptable target because South Asians have long been acceptable targets because they are heavily under represented in Atheism. We don’t kick up a fuss. We aren’t common and so people don’t realise why things like this can be seen as products of hate.
A minority is telling you that a specific thing is a hate crime and you are insisting it is not. It isn’t just me listing the various times similar instances have taken place including historical and personal accounts. If we ignore all of this then yes this is nothing but a storm in a tea cup. But that requires ignoring voices who are so rarely heard and who desperately are trying to tell you that what we are doing as atheists is siding with bigots and racists solely to yell at Islam.
Newsflash? That isn’t helping.