Indeed! The so-called "goulash" from the Szeged region, Szegedi Gulyas features pork in sour cream. (One recipe here. Szeged paprika is also special.) Sour cream is pretty important for chicken paprikas and beef gulyas. Myself, I can do without it - except on potato pancakes. He'll survive kosher.
[Csanad Szegedi] admits, for example, the difficulty he has in keeping kosher, especially because Hungarian cuisine frequently features pork.
But as for the person in question, it is not unexpected that he would go overboard as a convert. He may be trying to atone in his own mind, but I think that you would agree that the realist response would be to abandon the racism and just be a rational person. However, he was not just prejudiced, but a committed ideologue. He needs the structure of a belief system.
What happens when you discover that the person you love is sleeping with someone else? Do your beliefs change?
Right now, I am reading books by Christopher Hitchens. He worked his through a lifetime of intellectual discovery. In god is not Great, on page 151, he writes:
When I was a Marxist, I did not hold my opinions as a matter of faith, but I did have the conviction that a sort of unified field theory might have been discovered. The concept of historical and dialectic materialism was not an absolute and it did not have any supernatural element, but it did have its messianic element in the idea that an ultimate moment might arrive, and it most certainly had its martyrs and saints and doctinaires and (after a while) its mutually excommunicating rival papacies. It also had its schisms and inquisitions and heresy hunts. I was a member of a dissident sect that admired Rosa Luxemburg and Leon Trotsky, and I can say definitely that we had our prophets...
... But there came a time when I could not protect myself, and indeed did not wish to protect myself from the onslaught of reality. Marxism, I conceded, had its intellectual and philosophical and ethical glories, but they were in the past. Something of the heroic period might perhaps be retained, but the fact had to be faced: there was no longer any guide to the future. In addition, the very concept of a total solution had led to the most appalling human sacrifices, and to the invention of excuses for them. ...
... There are days when I miss my own convictions as if they were an amputated limb. But in general, I feel better, and no less radical, and you will feel better, too, I guarantee, once you leave hold of the doctinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own thinking.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 11/04, 4:15pm)