One funny thing about North Carolina is that as it is one of the nation's foremost hog-farming states, there are supposedly more pigs than people. Gross, huh?
I was reminded of that nasty little tidbit yesterday when I found myself parking behind a F-150 with this sticker on his tailgate. To top it off, his license plate read PIGDCTR. He was showing American pride in pigs... which is rather disgusting, if you ask me.
Anyway, it got me thinking about some recent things I've read/heard about eating pork. As a Muslim, I understand that eating a pig is something which my Creator has commanded me not to do. Jews don't eat pigs either, at least not those who are observant of dietary restrictions. But of course Muslims and Jews are not the dominant population in North Carolina, where the most popular dish state-wide involves pork served with vinegar (BBQ), and large informally catered events often center around a whole pig being cooked on a spit (Pig-Pickin').
A friend of mine recently directed me to this NYT article, which describes what seems to be a relationship between hog-farming and developing a pretty nasty bacterial infection that's tough to get rid of. And just the other night my dad was telling me about a kind of brain tumor (that might actually have been an infection) caused by eating pork that wasn't properly cooked.
But Christians have remained adamant that eating pork isn't a problem so long as they cook it properly. Which makes this video pretty funny, a popular preacher advising his congregation (which fills what appears to be a football stadium) to avoid pork based on Biblical injunctions.
Now, again, as a Muslim I stay away from pork because Allah commanded it--but there's more than enough reason, isn't there, for everyone else to stay away from it too. Right?