Altmuslim has a really interesting piece by Jalees Rehman on the culture of disgust towards all things pork in Muslim culture. He notes, “I have virtually never seen anybody who refers to himself or herself as a Muslim ever eat pork. But what is most puzzling, however, is that this simple dietary law has lead to a whole culture of disgust, whereas other Islamic laws and Qur’anic prescriptions have not. One is much more likely to encounter a Muslim who drinks alcohol, commits adultery or collects interest on his loans than one who eats a bacon sandwich.”
One reason for such revulsion, he believes, is the need and desire to “feel Muslim” especially in non-Muslim majority countries. Avoiding pork is an easy way to identify with Islam that doesn’t necessarily bring significant hardship to someone.
He concludes, “Wouldn’t it be better if Muslims felt a porkophobia-like revulsion when encountering race and gender-based discrimination, domestic abuse, poverty or social injustice?”
Read the whole thing.