Did you ever imagine eating your ham sandwich or morning bacon was offensive to anybody? Well it is offensive to a couple of Muslim youths accused of attacking a diner because of it.
It sounds incredible but it is being treated with great seriousness by the police in Reims police station (Marne). A 23-year-old man filed a complaint on the 8th of June after having been attacked the previous evening at 9.30 pm in a city tramway by two strangers. They struck him several times on the face because he was eating a ham sandwich. The two attackers, who claimed to be Muslims, said they were offended by this consumption of pork in front of their eyes before attacking the young man. A witness, a friend of the young man who was present when the incident occurred, has been interviewed by the investigators and has confirmed the reality of the attack. The two attackers, who fled, have not yet been found. The CCTV tapes in the tramway are currently being examined.
But think this is an isolated case? Think again. A schoolboy, Antonios Grigoriou, 11, in Australia was attacked over eating a salami sandwich back in 2009.
We do not pass judgement on the whole religion because of these two acts.