Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons unexpectedly banned bacon, pork chops, ham and every other kind of pork from the three meals served each day to federal inmates in 122 federal penitentiaries.
Really? Who doesn’t like bacon?
Officials with the Bureau of Prisons insist that they made the decision without giving any thought whatsoever to religious accommodations for prisoners,reports The Washington Post.
Instead, the administrators say they are responding to the results of a prisoner food preferences survey. They just want to make prisoners happy, see, and America’s 205,723 federal prisoners don’t want to eat bacon and other pork.
“Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years,” prison bureau spokesman Edmond Ross told the Post.
Dave Warner, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council, said Ross’s assertions are hogwash.
“I find it hard to believe that a survey would have found a majority of any population saying, ‘No thanks, I don’t want any bacon,’” Warner said.
Warner also defended pork as an inexpensive meat that is good for you.
“We’re nutritious,” he added. “A boneless pork chop or loin is a very healthy alternative to lots of other foods.”
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, welcomed the pork ban. (RELATED: CAIR Tries To Ban Professor’s Speech On ‘The Islamic Threat To America’)
“In general we welcome the change because it’s facilitating the accommodation of Muslim inmates,” Hooper told the Post.
The spokesman for the Muslim civil rights group also told the Post — which contacted him about pork in prisons — that opponents of Islam would suggest that federal prison officials have caved to pressure from Muslims.
Wide-ranging blogger and University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse suggested that what is likely happening here is that the federal government is simultaneously attempting to streamline its menus and also accommodate prisoners who refuse pork for religious reasons.
“Prisoners don’t like bacon?! That’s about the most ludicrously unbelievable thing I’ve ever heard the government say,” Althouse commented.
I’m going to guess that there has been an increase in Muslim inmates….go figure! And this is another way for Obama to accomodate those he most aligns to. Of course, Mr. Ross would say it’s because inmates are more “health conscious.” Really? Seriously? Since when are inmates MORE health conscious? This really is a bunch of HOGWASH! I say show me the survey where inmates objected to nice, juicy bacon! Each year in the US, Americans consume more than 1.7 billion pounds of bacon. Hard to believe isn’t it that suddenly inmates don’t like bacon?
Written by Nancy Hayes
Follow on Twitter: @bodybynance