But... but I like falafel!
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Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
courted controversy today by claiming that
falafel and other "Wadi foods" should be banned
from school lunches in the United States.
In an interview with local television station ESTP
tei. -.' a " in Minneapolis, Bachmann explained that after
visiting a local elementary school she was
shocked to find that falafel - a fried vegetable patty popular in the Arab world - was being
served as a option on the vegetarian menu.
in the studio to discuss her close race for reelection against Democratic
challenger Jim Graves, Bachmann instead used thetime to appeal for a nationwide
movement against Arab cuisine.
Startled by the parochial nature of her statements, ESTP anchor Chris Johnson felt
obliged to challenge her reasoning:
I have to ask Ms. Bachmann, why is that a problem? I mean some children like the taste
of falafel, what' s wrong with that?"
Chris, falafel is a gateway food," responded Bachmann, "It starts
with falafel, then the kids move on to shawarma_ After a while they
say 'hey this tastes good, I wonder what else comes from Arabia?
Before you know it our children are listening to Muslim music,
reading the Koran, and plotting attacks against the homeland.
We need to stop these terror cakes now, before they infiltrate any
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Bachmann stopped short of advocating a ban on all Arab food, saying that "responsible
adults can probably use Arab food safely in moderation."