A Muslim mother is threatening to sue an Arizona school district because her daughter was given a bacon cheeseburger at lunch. There is no video or pictures accompanying this story, but the impression that I get is that this is a crazy white woman who converted to Islam and is just itching to claim some of that prestigious Muslim victimhood that’s been going around. I mean, come on, it’s a bacon cheeseburger. If she can’t eat it, then don’t.
Tucson News Now reports on this woman who is outraged but not enough that she will let the news use her last name or show her face:
Nancy’s daughter is a second grader at Holaway Elementary School. Back in September, as requested by the school, Nancy provided them with a doctor’s note explaining that their family is Muslim and her daughter cannot eat any pork.
Please note that being Muslim is now a medical condition.
She said the school was accommodating. But then in December her daughter was served a bacon cheeseburger.
“The lunch lady was like, ‘No, too bad. Just pick it off.’ Picking it off doesn’t work because it’s in the hamburger,” said Nancy hysterically.
Clearly this woman has no idea what a bacon cheeseburger is if she thinks you can’t pick the bacon off. It’s not a burger made out of bacon; it’s a beef patty with cheese and bacon on top.
Nancy freaked out on the school and they explained that the lunch lady was not aware that her daughter was a Muslim.
“The principal had said because she didn’t wear the traditional clothes and because she’s just a white girl that was going there she didn’t fit that normal stereotype of being Muslim – so it wasn’t obvious for them to follow the guidelines for her,” Nancy said.
As if that wasn’t bad enough there was another incident:
Then just days ago, her daughter came home with a cereal bar she was given at school. The bar contains gelatin, which is a byproduct of pork.
Nancy told Tucson News Now she’s hoping others will learn from this but says if it continues, she may file a civil lawsuit.
When asked why she doesn’t just pack a lunch for her daughter to make sure she isn’t eating pork, Nancy gave this incoherent reply:
“And that was part if it. We told them we could send that – but at that same time she doesn’t want to have to be that different child,” said Nancy.
What I think she is trying to say is that she doesn’t want her daughter to be singled out for being different as if kids bringing lunch from home does that. Yet somehow she doesn’t worry that her daughter might be a target because she is a white Muslim who can’t eat pork and has a mother that goes completely nuts at innocent mistakes made by the school.
A statement from the Amphitheater Unified School District blows all of Nancy’s crazy out of the water:
“Even though the district is not required to accommodate special dietary needs based solely on religious purposes, our district nutritionist and food services staff plan menus that are compliant and meet the various nutritional guidelines, as well as include food options that are the best fit for the food preferences of the school. We encourage families with children with any special dietary needs to make sure they are educating their children about what to look for so they know what is acceptable and what they should avoid. Our menus are always posted online and you can request the ingredient list for any food item you are unsure about. In situations where there are special food requirements or restrictions, we encourage you to meet with our district nutritionist to discuss the best options for your family. The best way to ensure a meal meets any special dietary needs is to send a meal from home that you have prepared. Every child is different and we do our best to ensure a healthy, accommodating environment for all of our students,” wrote the district.
To recap: the school doesn’t legally have to accommodate a Muslim diet, but they do offer pork-free alternatives. They also post the menu on-line so any concerned parent like Nancy can see what is being served and take appropriate action. Essentially everything this woman is freaking out over is a result of her being too lazy to take an interest in her daughter’s education and diet.
Like I said, this is a woman who wants to make a big deal out of something that is nothing. The good news is that if she does decide to sue the school, the ACLU will jump all over it. This is right in their social justice wheelhouse.