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The Vermont Bacon Affair: Is there a there there?
by Eugene Volokh
Like many people, I was intrigued by the story of the Vermont restaurant that removed a sign advertising bacon because it was supposedly insensitive to Muslims. But, looking into it a bit more, I wonder whether this is a tempest in a frying pan.
An early source of the story, a week ago, was this WPTZ-TV item. What seems well-settled is that Sneakers Bistro, a local restaurant, paid money to maintain a flowerbed on city property, and in exchange got the right to put up a small advertising sign — a yellow diamond that said, "YIELD FOR Sneakers BACON." Then, according to WPTZ, one woman, who identified herself "as a vegan living in a Muslim household" said "the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork." The restaurant then took down the sign.
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