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Anger over pork sausages at Islam Conference

In the agricultural fair held at Berlin, a variety of sausages were in display. What angered the Muslims were the presence of pork sausages in the German Islam Conference that was held in Berlin. Germany’s Interior Ministry had apologised for the same. The ministry said the food selection was on the basis of the variety of religious people attending the conference but if it had offended the religious feelings of the Muslims, the ministry is sorry for the same.

The Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had led the event. He had earlier made a statement that Islam does not belong to Germany. According to the law stated by the religion, Muslims are forbidden to eat pork. The local media reported that most of the people who attended the Islam conference were Muslims. Some media reports that the last time people witnessed pork being served in the form of ham in the Germany Islam Conference was in 2006.

Reports also say that the type of sausage given was a blutwurst, i.e. “blood sausage”. The sausage is made of ingredients that include pig’s blood, bacon and pork. The German journalist TuncayOzdamar responded to the display of sausages in twitter. He tweeted, “What signal does the Seehofer’s interior ministry want to send? A little respect for Muslims, who don’t eat pork is needed.”

At the beginning of the Islam Conference, Mr Seehofer said that he would like to see German Islam in the country. Journalist Ozdamar also stated that this “elephant in china shop” behaviour by the Interior minister will never gain him the respect and support of the majority ofMuslims in the country.

In response to the tweet, the Interior Ministry added to their defence that 13 dishes were served in the conference including halal, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes and added that all the items in the buffet had been clearly marked.

Seehofer in his comments added that Islam did not belong to Germany as Germany is shaped by Christianity. “The Muslims who live among us naturally belong to Germany. That, of course, does not mean that we should, out of a false consideration for others, give up our traditions and customs,” he said. But, Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) had a big setback when they lost the elections the last month.

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