Hold the bacon.
IN EARLY FEBRUARY, THE PARENTS of every schoolchild in Antwerp
received a surprising letter announcing that pork would henceforth be
banned on school trips and that only halal food compliant with Muslim
dietary laws would be served. According to the VRT, the Flemish public
broadcaster (Feb. 12), many parents in the Belgian city are shocked that
their kids now have to dine according to a Muslim menu. Regional
education boss Robert Voorhamme of the Flemish Socialist Party defends
the move, arguing that ritually slaughtered meat is indistinguishable in
taste and nutrition and that the policy will help immigrant children
assimilate. He adds, with the superciliousness only a Europolitician can
summon up, "We could just as easily have kept this silent."