Quote from the article:
...those proposing the new law claim to hear and understand the concerns of kosher deli owners and offer them a new “accommodation.”
You are free to call yourself a kosher deli; you are free not to place ham sandwiches on your menu; you are free not to be the person to prepare the sandwich and hand it over the counter to the customer.
But we will force your meat supplier to set up a kiosk on your premises and to offer, prepare and serve ham sandwiches to all of your customers free of charge to them. And when you get your monthly bill from your meat supplier, it will include the cost of any of the “free” ham sandwiches that your customers may accept.
And you will, of course, be required to pay that bill.
Some who supported the deli owners initially began to celebrate the fact that ham sandwiches didn’t need to be on the menu and didn’t need to be prepared or served by the deli itself.
But on closer examination, they noticed three troubling things:
First, all kosher delis will still be forced to pay for the ham sandwiches. Second, many of the kosher delis’ meat suppliers themselves are forbidden in conscience from offering, preparing or serving pork to anyone. Third, there are many kosher delis that are their own meat supplier, so the mandate to offer, prepare and serve the ham sandwich still falls on them.
This story has a happy ending: The government recognized that it is absurd for someone to come into a kosher deli and demand a ham sandwich; that it is beyond absurd for that private demand to be backed with the coercive power of the state; that it is downright surreal to apply this coercive power when the customer can get the same sandwich cheaply, or even free, just a few doors down.
Well done, good Bishop! :thumbsup:
But the proponents of free ham sandwiches will say that this is not about food, it's about "women's health", because you see, women need to eat healthy, and the availability of healthy food such as pork is so important that it trumps everything.
How could those Orthodox Jews be so insensitive to WOMEN'S HEALTH to deny them healthy ham sandwiches right there on the premises of the Kosher Deli - why force them to go around the city searching for healthy ham sandwiches? I mean, are these Kosher deli owners against WOMEN'S HEALTH??!!!! :eek:
I mean HOW DARE YOU OPPOSE WOMEN'S HEALTH!!! :bigyikes:
I never knew the evil Kosher deli owners were enemies of WOMEN'S HEALTH, but now that I think about it, I think they clearly are! :p
Let me repeat for clarity's sake: if you oppose women being served FREE and healthy ham sandwiches right on your premises, you are a monster and a lowlife, you are an ENEMY OF WOMEN'S HEALTH!!! :D
Down with the evil Kosher deli owners who are the enemies of WOMEN'S HEALTH!!! :p
You see I could make the same argument about the Kosher deli owners being enemies of men's health, but that would only cause people to yawn, because NOTHING BEATS WOMEN'S HEALTH!!!! :p
In addition, how dare they take government money (see: poor women paying with food stamps) and then have the gall to limit WOMEN'S CHOICE to those pitiful turkey sandwiches, corned beef sandwiches, and tuna and creem cheese muffins, when in fact everybody knows that ham sandwiches are essential to WOMEN'S HEALTH!!! :p