In Egypt, government over-reaction reached new heights when it ordered the killing of all pigs. This was an easy call for the Muslim-run Egyptian government. The pigs in question were largely raised by the Coptic Christian minority community in Egypt, which unlike Muslims, consume pork as part of their diet. To be sure that the edict was based on religious bias, we need look no further than the latest fatwa issued by a prominent Egyptian Muslim cleric:
A new fatwa published in Egypt determines that the source of all the existing pigs in the world is Jews, who were cursed by Allah. The new edict was issued by Sheikh Ali Osman from the Egyptian Waqf ministry.Of course, Jews also forbid the consumption of pork by tradition because it comes from an animal that does not chew its own cud and has a cloven hoof.
Due to their Jewish roots, Sheikh Osman says, it is permissible to slaughter all the pigs. The religious scholar was quoted as saying by a Jordanian newspaper that he personally believes the source of the pigs is Jews and thus the consumption of pork meat is banned in Islam.
I grew up on a hog farm in Illinois. I met a lot of hog farmers during that time, but I don't recall ever meeting a Jewish hog farmer. Does Sheik Osman know something the rest of us don't know? Or is this just the latest example of Islamic extremist intolerance of other religions.
Hat tip to Atlas Shrugs.