This is not the exception, but the rule and the people are being betrayed by their own elected officials.
Furious parents staged protests outside a school over its decision to serve up only halal meat at lunchtimes.
Staff were forced to call the police after one father strode into the school in North London to challenge the new meals policy.
Kingsgate Primary in West Hampstead is among growing numbers of schools with high Muslim populations to use halal-only meat in cooking.
But the menus, which will feature only meat that has been slaughtered in the halal way with a single cut to the throat, have not always been well received.
At Kingsgate, parents carrying placards congregated at the school gates to demand a reversal of the policy, claiming their children would be denied a choice.
But the protests triggered claims of racism from parents of Muslim children, who make up three quarters of the school population.
Yesterday headmistress Liz Hayward was refusing to back down, insisting that a majority of parents had backed the move to halal-only menus in a comprehensive survey of families.
"We can't force our culture on someone else because that's not right so we shouldn't have someone else's culture forced on us.
"The little culture that we have is being lost. I don't know any other country that would do the same."