Thus, it seems that later armchair activists with an ax to grind have taken the original Belgium version as a template and simply altered place names and other details to suit their target audience.
These hoax messages deliberately and unfairly misquote people to suit the agenda of their authors.
Neither mayor has made any such decision or sent home any such note.
Nor are there any credible reports that suggest that the Muslim community in either jurisdiction made any such demands in the first place.
The original hoax claimed that Marc Duvivier, the mayor of the Belgium municipality of Ath, sent home a letter explaining why he refused to give in to demands from local Muslims to remove pork from school canteen menus.
However, Marc Duvivier denied sending such a letter and stated that no such demand to remove pork was ever received or discussed.
Thus, the types of food available in school tuckshops would not be controlled solely by a city’s mayor.
Moreover, Australian school children are not generally provided with lunches via a sit-down cafeteria system like children in other jurisdictions.
Instead, children can bring food from home or buy from a school tuckshop.
“For Muslims who disagree with secularism and do not feel comfortable in Australia, there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world, most of them under-populated and ready to receive them with open halal arms in accordance with Sharia.
“If you left your country for Australia, and not for other Muslim countries, it is because you have considered that life is better in Australia than elsewhere.