Tuesday, February 28, 2006

"The Discriminatory Nature of the Soup"

A fascinating story of the rise of the nationalist right in France. These rightists are threatening the Republic by serving soup. Soup with pork in it. The horror... the horror.

In 2003 Odile Bonnivard began serving soup to the homeless.

At first, she said, the group used pork because it was an inexpensive traditional ingredient for hearty French soup. But as the political significance of serving pork dawned on them and others, it quickly became the focus of their work. [...]

[T]he authorities initially left the pork soup kitchen alone, shutting it down only once to avoid an altercation with a group of indignant French leftists.

Leftists Against Soup. I can see the t-shirts now. First cartoons and now soup.
As winter closed in and other pork-soup kitchens run by similar-minded groups popped up in Strasbourg and Nice - as well as Brussels, Antwerp and Charleroi in Belgium - the authorities worried that they might be witnessing the start of a dangerous racist trend.
A dangerous trend of racist soup? The charitable act of providing soup for the hungry homeless is deemed racist?! No one has to eat it. It's given away free but as the group's Website says, "The only condition required for dining with us: eat pork". Once again, Europe's vision of multiculturalism means criminalizing traditional European culture while allowing minority groups to serve their own communities.
Europe's Islamic charities serve halal food to disadvantaged Muslims and its Jewish charities operate kosher soup kitchens.

Halal and kosher are, well, kosher. But don't serve pork damn you woman! In December
several busloads of police officers arrived to stop her group from setting up at their usual spot near the Montparnasse train station, citing "the discriminatory nature of the soup."
Busloads of police? The French police barely tried to stop the Muslim riots but the send busloads of cops to stop a secretary from serving traditional soup to the homeless. Bonnivard is made of strong stuff.

"Our freedom in France is being threatened," she said. "If we prefer European civilization and Christian culture, that's our choice."

Not really. Remember, this is France. The Eurocrats know best, not the French people. The soup is even enjoyed by those who are not homeless but live on a tight budget in expensive France. Helene, 61, is more honest about the situation in France than all of Official France.
"At least here there are people who are of the same mind as me. The French, and the Europeans in general, roll over for foreigners, and particularly Islam."
Rock on Helene! Even as the grateful poor line up for the "Identity Soup" the absurdity of modern France knows no limits.

[F]our vans filled with riot police officers were waiting at the group's
designated meeting point outside a conservative Catholic church. Bonnivard and her confederates huddled in a nearby café, plotting ways to serve their soup before the police could stop them. "They're more afraid of us than any march by Islamists or Jews," Bonnivard's husband, Roger, later declared as people slurped soup around him.

Bruno Gollnisch, the silver-haired No.2 of the far-right National Front, mingled in the crowd, calling the "persecution" of the soup kitchen a "betrayal of the French identity."Other activists handed out slices of oily sausage as flags bearing the fleur de lis fluttered overhead.

"We're not yet living in a land of Islam," Bonnivard bellowed from atop the sedan.

Not yet Odile. Not yet.


Blogger Epaminondas said...

C'est terrible!

Vivre le soup !

9:12 AM  
Blogger Cubed © said...

Wraith, Epaminondas -

"But wait, there's more!" Have you seen this one? Here (from The Patriot Post, quoting Mark Steyn):

"Burger King. . .withdrew its ice cream cones from its British menus because Rashad Akhtar of High Wycombe complained that the creamy swirl shown on the lid looked like the word 'Allah' in Arabic script. I don't know which sura in the Koran says don't forget, folks, it's not just physical representations of God or the Prophet but also chocolate ice cream squiggly representations of the name, but isnay on both just to be 'sensitive.'"

9:49 AM  
Blogger von Schlichtningen said...

Thank you for that posting. "Incroyable!".

I am worried about the at-sign: @

Please keep it quiet - otherwise it will be forbidden. Then no more e-mail.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

Perhaps we should suggest imams review ratemypoo.com for signifying religious meaning.

I am really getting torqued today

12:39 PM  
Blogger Revolution Radio said...

The best ideas are always the simplest (except computers, they're quite complcated) My mother has a recipe for a delicious traditional welsh soup/ stew made with bacon. It will be perfect since the celtic minority aspect will fend of some of the inevitable criticism.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

I shall have to write this one up it has had me laughing for two days straight now. Ali Sina said that ridicule is the weak spot of Islam, and I think that he is quite correct. And how exactly can one not ridicule the overly sensitive reactions to all of these products and such? Von, I'll try to keep the @ our little secret. Oh, how I will write this without falling out of my chair I do not know, but I will! I'm going to laugh until I cry!!

6:53 AM  
Blogger miriam said...

I bet it's good soup, being French. I wish I had some. Yummy!

7:31 AM  

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