This is the latest in an endless series of demands for Sharia Law adherence by Muslims in America.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, starting fiscal year 2016, there will be no bacon, no pork chops, no pork roast, no pork sausage – no pork-related food at all will be served to the nation’s 205,723 federal inmates, including those at FCI Fort Worth or FMC Carswell.
Bill Hanna, Star-Telegram reports:
While there have been grumblings from some inmates’ family members that the prohibition had to do with Muslim dietary restrictions, the Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said that isn’t the case.
A woman whose son is in federal prison in Fort Worth says he has complained about the lack of pork, saying he had heard it was because of complaints from Muslim inmates.
“It was really based on the survey of inmate population as well as cost,” Ross said. “Religious meals are accommodated but that does not affect the national menu.”
Dave Warner, a spokesman with the National Pork Producers Council, said pulling pork from the menu is taking the punishment aspect of prison a little too far.
“For people who are incarcerated, we understand that they’re denied certain rights and freedoms but we don’t think bacon should be one of them,” Warner said.
Warner also questioned whether the pork ban was based on inmate preference, saying he was skeptical that inmates would vote pork off the menu.
“I do find it hard to believe that the majority would say ‘No thank you to bacon,’” Warner said. “I’m not sure cost would really be an issue. Sausage is one of the commodities USDA buys. I know they buy a lot of that for the school lunch program and pork crumbles are used on pizza. The USDA is getting a good product at a very good price.”
A look at the national prison menu for fiscal year 2016 finds hamburger, baked chicken, fish tacos, spaghetti, hummus, and chicken fried rice and tofu fried rice.
Federal inmates who are pork lovers do have one recourse. They can still buy their bacon from the prison commissaries. An FCI Fort Worth spokesman confirmed last week it was still available for purchase.