Politician Apologizes for Posting Picture of His Bacon Breakfast Before Taking Part in Ramadan 'Solidarity' Fast

A U.K. politician has apologized after he shared a photo of bacon as he prepared to fast in solidarity with Muslims during Ramadan.

Ian Manning, a county councillor in Cambridgeshire, tweeted the image in the early hours of Saturday as he prepared to join fellow Liberal Democrats in fasting for a day on Saturday.

He shared a picture of his pre-dawn meal of boiled eggs and bacon on Twitter, adding in a caption: "Up early to start my fast for #LibDemIftar! Really not sure I'll get through to the evening but we'll see!"

But after many pointed out that Muslims don't consume pork, Manning deleted the tweet and apologized.

Re food photo earlier. important point is the fast. Allergies mean choices limited. This is a learning experience, and I'd prefer to be honest about it than not. Sorry if it caused offence @MuslimCouncil @shahidarahman @ihrahman also, it was 4am and I was half asleep.

— Cllr Ian Manning 🔶 🔶 🔶 (@IanGManning) April 25, 2020

However, he maintained that the "important point is the fast" and said his choices were limited due to allergies.

"Re food photo earlier. important point is the fast. Allergies mean choices limited. This is a learning experience, and I'd prefer to be honest about it than not. Sorry if it caused offence," he wrote. "Also, it was 4am and I was half asleep."

In another tweet, he added: "Am reminded again, that no matter what good you try and do, some people will always look for the flaws."

Manning also said that the incident was one of his "finest moments of idiocy."

"I just didn't think about it. Because there was some bacon in my fridge, I had some bacon," he said, according to The Telegraph newspaper. "I went on Twitter and posted the eggs and the bacon, tagged the Muslim Council of Great Britain, in one of my finest moments of idiocy."

The #LibDemIftar was organized by Councillor Hina Bokhari, who said it was a "great learning experience" for people.

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A sign that reads "Ramadan Kareem" is near the front entrance of the Masjid Al-Salaam mosque and Dearborn Community Center on the first full day of Ramada on April 24, 2020 in Dearborn, Michigan. Elaine Cromie/Getty Images

In a video promoting the voluntary event, she said this Ramadan would be particularly challenging for Muslims.

"This is going to be a challenge for a lot of Muslims not only because it's going to be a long fast but particularly now with lockdown, Muslims won't be able to see each other, they won't be able to congregate in a mosque, they won't be able to see their family," Bokhari said.

Ed Davey, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, took part in the event and shared a picture of his iftar—the evening meal to break the fast—of dates, rose milk and pakoras on Twitter.

"Pleased so many @LibDems members joined in our #LibDemIftar today," he tweeted on Saturday evening. "So important to show solidarity with during Ramadan in the coronavirus epidemic."

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