A Viking strikes back

A Viking strikes back
A pub owner in Sarpsborg, Norway, has posted a sign with a special message, visible both at the front door and the window of his pub.

At the front door to the pub RB, he has posted a note that says:

"Guaranteed halal-free - we serve alcohol and sausages with pork."

The newspaper Fredrikstad Blad has tried in vain to get a comment from Bjørn Gåsvatn, who owns the pub, which is located next door to the Somali mosque in Sarpsborg.

As usual the reactions from Muslims have emerged, opposed to when they write "Halal" on various stuff.

Shoaib Sultan, advisor at the Norwegian Centre against Racism, wonders why the owner posts such a message.

- It is obvious that alcohol is served in a pub. The question is why he feels the need to write it on a piece of paper. There is also no such thing as "halal-free". Halal is not an ingredient, says Sultan, to Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad.

- Had this been a shop where they sold pork, and people constantly came in and asked about halal, I would understood that they had a need to inform, for example by hanging up a note. But that is not the case in this matter.

Read: Alcohol-free, Halal “whisky” released

Since Shoaib Sultan does not know the story behind the note he finds it difficult to be bombastic.

- It could be speculated that it really is meant as a signal to who they want as customers, he says.

Tone faale, coordinator in Sarpsborg municipality, finds it sad that a pub posts such a note.

She gets support by Kathinka Messel, advisor to licenses to serve alcohol in Sarpsborg municipality

- The Alcohol Act allows that licenses can be revoked where repeated discriminations happens, she says.

She says that Sarpsborg municipality is now going to look into this matter.

Maybe they should look at all the shops selling Halal only too then, because there should not be discrimination either way, right?

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