It seems that Blue Cross and Blue Shield dolled out $73,000 not to fight obesity, but to promote Islam.
Dearborn is set to be a part of a new program that aims to study and help prevent obesity, particularly among Arab American children, thanks to a nearly $73,000 grant.
Suha Kridli, assistant professor at Oakland University’s School of Nursing who secured the grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation for the “Improving Health Behaviors in Arab American Youth” project, said she selected Dearborn for its high concentration of Arab Americans.
The plan, she said, is to for an advisory committee comprised of Dearborn public schools faculty and community members to offer suggestions for changes to the curriculum, like removing mention of foods that Arab Americans typically don’t eat, like pork, and including mention of holidays that they celebrate, like Eid.
Kridli typically conflates Arabs with Muslims. The move to remove pork from books has nothing to do with fighting obesity. If Muslims don’t eat pork, it would make more sense to mention foods that they don’t eat, rather than foods they do eat.
It’s just another case of imposing Islamic religious and cultural norms by any means on the rest of the country.