There are a couple of notable things about this news story from Norway. The first is that the Norwegian authorities have (so far) behaved in a non-dhimmi fashion about all this. The “no special treatment for Muslim prisoners” policy is refreshingly different — compare the state of Wyoming, for example — and should stand as a model for the rest of the West
The other significant fact is that “[m]ore than a third of all prisoners in Norwegian prisons are Muslims”. The last statistical data I have, from 2004, show that Muslims comprise 1.6% of Norway’s population. But there has been a surge of immigration in the last few years, and the latest estimates put the number at about 3%. That means that Muslims are being incarcerated at a rate at least ten times higher than their numbers would otherwise indicate.
And yet the authorities have no problem with Multiculturalism. Immigration enriches society, and brings the host country all the benefits of diversity — especially among the prison population. The presence of large numbers of Muslims in prison is undoubtedly caused by racism and Islamophobia on the part of persons of Norwegian background.
But, unlike Muslim prisoners in the USA or the UK, Norwegian inmates have to put up with pork products in their food. According to Aftenbladet:
Prison served pork to Muslim prisoners
Solveig Horne of the Progress Party says no to special diets in prison. She thinks the reporting of Trondheim prison to the police for serving pork to Muslims should be dismissed.
A Muslim prisoner at Trondheim prison has reported the prison for discrimination, after Muslim prisoners were served pork without being told.
Muslims reacted strongly when they discovered they had eaten pork, which is forbidden for Muslims.
Pork in the sauce
“We were given fish in bread-crumbs. While we ate, someone discovered small pieces of pork in the sauce that was inside the fish. Many here pray and practice their religion more than me, and several of them were furious when they found out they had eaten pork,” says the 39 year old Salma to Adresseavisen. He has reported the prison on behalf of himself and the other Muslim prisoners.
No to special diets
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MP, Solveig Horne, who is a member of the Justice Committee, says on the party’s home page that special diets behind bars should be refused.
“There are already limited resources in the prison unit. We shouldn’t use time, money and energy on making room for special diets for some prisoners, based on religious convictions, culture, or taste buds, for that matter,” she says.
Horne thinks that certain Muslims, who want to live in accordance with the Koran, are more concerned with food in prison than with not committing the criminal acts that send them there.
Halal-meat for everyone
Abid Raja of the Left-Wing Party (Venstre), thinks the most practical thing would be for the prisons to serve only halal-meat.
“Norwegians have no problems eating halal-meat. If they want pork, they can have this as an addition,” he says to Dagavisen.no.
He points out that pig is shameful for many Muslims, and that eating pork for some Muslims feels like abuse.
More than a third of all prisoners in Norwegian prisons are Muslims. There are no prisons in Norway that offer halal-meat to prisoners.
Pork several times
The Muslim prisoners have been served pork several times. Following the first episode, a couple of months ago, they complained and received an apology from the kitchen. A few weeks later it happened again, and in November again, the story repeated itself.
All prisoners have a right to dinner in prison, which caters for Muslims, vegetarians and those with allergies.
“I can confirm that a prisoner in Trondheim prison has reported the prison for discrimination and breach of human rights. As long as the parties have not yet been questioned, I can’t comment any further on the matter,” says the criminal duty-officer, Geir Olav Granbo of South Trøndelag police district.
“It’s a meaningless use of resources to prioritize such a case. It should be immediately dismissed,” says Horne.
Hear, hear, Ms. Horne!
My favorite quote: “Horne thinks that certain Muslims, who want to live in accordance with the Koran, are more concerned with food in prison than with not committing the criminal acts that send them there.”
Hat tip: KGS.