The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a controversial Muslim advocacy group, has called for the dismissal of McDonald’s employees in Decatur, Alabama, after Muslims claimed to have found bacon hidden in McChicken sandwiches. "The bacon was either on top of the chicken or hidden underneath within the sandwich so (the consumer) couldn’t tell if it was there or not,” claimed Khuala Hadeed, who heads the CAIR chapter in Alabama. In a statement to the Decatur Daily, Hadeed called the sandwich caper “an intentional act of religious and ethnic bigotry.” Islam forbids pork to its followers, according to shariah religious law. 

A New York Muslim family, claimed Hadeed, went to the McDonald’s eatery for a meal. After ordering 14 sandwiches, the family noticed an unrecognizable “smoky” taste. When they looked in the sandwiches, they found the forbidden pork in every sandwich.  "It doesn't sound like a mistake, especially on 14 sandwiches," said Hadeed. 

A representative of the Decatur McDonald’s has denied any wrongdoing by his employees. The representative did not address whether the report may be false or if the bacon was a mistake. “We want to assure our customers that this was not an intentional act by our employees,” said the representative in a statement. “We value every customer and strive to ensure all orders are accurately prepared and served. We are looking into the matter to understand what happened."

Hadeed does not doubt that the bacon was placed on the sandwiches intentionally. According to AL.com, the Muslim family in questions frequently eats at McDonald’s and knows what was ordered. 
 

 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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