Pork removed from cafes and schools not to offend muslim refugees.
SCHOOLS and canteens in Germany have removed pork from their menus over fears of offending Muslim migrants, a top politician has claimed.
An increasing number of public canteens, child daycare centres and schools have stopped serving sausages, bacon and ham over religious considerations.
Now members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party are fighting to keep pork on the menu, insisting the consumption of pork is part of German culture.
Daniel Günther, party representative, claimed that pork products were being taken off the menu in schools, nurseries and canteens across the country.
He said: "The protection of minorities - including for religious reasons - must not mean that the majority is overruled in their free decision by ill-conceived consideration.
Mr Günther argued that tolerance also means "the appreciation and sufferance of other food cultures and lifestyles”.
He argued that those who didn’t want to eat pork didn’t have to, adding: ”The consumption of pork belongs to our culture.
“No one should be obliged to do so. But we also don't want the majority having to refrain from pork."
German sausages are part of the country’s culture. At Oktoberfest in Munich, the largest beer festival in the world - sausages are served alongside steins of beer.
The move is likely to cause tensions among residents who support the introduction of restrictions on the inflow of refugees to the country.
The German Government has come increasingly under fire for its open-door refugee policy.
The scale and nature of the crimes in Cologne has been a disastrous torpedo to the heart of Mrs Merkel's open-door refugee policy and her popularity.
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.”
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.