Subway is a business doing what businesses do: looking out for its customers’ interests in neighborhoods around England.
But it’s how Subway is doing it that’s more than a bit ironic, given how tolerance is supposed to be a two-way street.
The Daily Mail reports that Subway is holding the pork for customers in 185 shops around England, due to Muslims’ complaints about non-halal menus:
The sandwich chain said ‘following a strong demand from our Muslim customers’, 185 outlets in the UK and Ireland have introduced the meat, which is prepared under strict Islamic rules.
In Arabic the word halal means ‘permitted’ or ‘lawful’ and defines anything that is allowed or lawful according to the Qur’an.
That gives a whole new meaning to customer demand. So where’s the beef?
There’s this principle of choice and tolerance for other cultures that gets in the way. Jewish people don’t eat pork and you don’t see them going all Kosher on Subway shops around the U.S.