This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, and this little piggy was banned by Oxford University Press (OUP) because they didn’t want to insult Muslims or Jews. Instructions by the educational publisher “prohibits authors from including anything that could be perceived as pork-related in their books.”
The Daily Mail reports that the latest of example of political correctness gone berserk was revealed on Tuesday “during a discussion about free speech on Radio 4’s Today programme.”
The publisher made the decision “to avoid offense among Jews and Muslims,” but the didn’t consult Jews or Muslims.
For example, while Jewish law forbids eating pork, reading about pigs or pork is allowable. In fact, so is playing with an American football if it is made from pigskin. And on a personal note, my wife’s aorta was replaced with one from a pig and it saved her life (and is totally Kosher)
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The spokesman for Great Britain’s Jewish Leadership Council agreed, “Jewish law prohibits eating pork, not the mention of the word, or the animal from which it derives.
Muslim Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said: ‘I absolutely agree. That’s absolute utter nonsense. And when people go too far, that brings the whole discussion into disrepute.’
Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘How on earth can anyone find the word “pig” or “pork” offensive?
‘No word is offensive. It is the context in which it is used that is offensive.’
He added: ‘On the one hand you have politicians and the great and the good falling over each other to say how much they believe in freedom of speech and on the other hand they are presiding over people being unable to use and write words that are completely inoffensive.
‘We have got to get a grip on this nonsensical political correctness.
‘The political correctness brigade appear to have taken control of our schools.
There is no word on whether this or any of the other little piggies are eligible for unemployment.