School complies with Muslim demands, states pork removal due to cultural sensitivities and diversity.
As recently reported by ACT For America, The Kent, Washington school district has changed their food options and removed all pork products, in order to accommodate Muslim dietary needs according to a frustrated parent. Dave Brabo, a resident of Renton, Washington recently expressed his concerns with the new policy to school officials.
Specifically Mr. Brabo spoke with the school’s Director of Nutritional Services, Tom Ogg, who informed him that “he was well aware of the issues (and the slippery slope) with the changes to menu options due to Muslim religious beliefs, but he said lots of Muslims had complained and threatened the school by reporting them to the U.S. Department of Education.”
Mr. Brabo was told that if the school system doesn’t “accommodate the Muslim dietary needs that their federal and state funding would be cut or pulled.” He was told that the school system may be doing this in order to better accommodate incoming refugees.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Mr. Brabo responded by saying, “I want KOSHER food added and labeled, Christian “food” offered during Lent, and even Hindi food offered.” According to Mr. Brabo, Tom Ogg, Director of Nutritional Services laughed and said, “No”. He even cited a case of a school district in New York that had parents protest the labeling of “non-pork” products and offering acceptable Islamic food. The school district had to back down.[/pullquote]
The administration also told Mr. Brabo that they were obligated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to “reasonably accommodate” this religious group’s needs. He was told that it’s for documented disabilities (physical or cognitive) and not for religious exceptions.
This school district is removing pork products from their menu, and labeling all food, so Muslims can know if any food item has pork in it. This modification affects no other religious affiliation.
Mr. Brabo was also told by Mr. Ogg, the school principal, and two nutritional service employees to “drop it and they were fearful of reprisal from the School District Administration and that funding would be cut if we didn’t fall in line.”
The school’s contact information was publicly posted, and hundreds of patriotic Americans flooded their phone lines in protest.
In response, the school has posted an “explanation” on their website, stating that “Because of limited menu options at smaller schools, pork products are not served at the elementary level and are labeled at the secondary level.”
The school also states: “The Kent region is one of the fastest growing and culturally diverse areas in the United States and the Kent School District is one of the most diverse school districts in Washington State with 28,000 students from over 100 countries and speaking over 130 languages.”
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