|From DhimmiWatch via Lone Star Times comes this story about banks in England banning piggy banks given to customers as a promotional item (AAP):
British banks are banning piggy banks because they may offend some Muslims.
Halifax and NatWest banks have led the move to scrap the time-honoured symbol of saving from being given to children or used in their advertising, the Daily Express/Daily Star group reports here….
Salim Mulla, secretary of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, backed the bank move.
“This is a sensitive issue and I think the banks are simply being courteous to their customers,” he said.
However, the move brought accusations of political correctness gone mad from critics.
“The next thing we will be banning Christmas trees and cribs and the logical result of that process is a bland uniformity,” the Dean of Blackburn, Reverend Christopher Armstrong, said.
“We should learn to celebrate our difference, not be fearful of them.”
Khalid Mahmoud, the Labour MP for a Birmingham seat and one of four Muslim MPs in Britain, also criticised the piggy-bank ban.
“We live in a multicultural society and the traditions and symbols of one community should not be obliterated just to accommodate another,” Mr Mahmoud said.
“I doubt many Muslims would be seriously offended by piggy banks.”
Muslims are not supposed to eat pork and consider pigs unclean, but these banks are porcelain or plastic pigs.
As with the situation in Dudley, West Midlands, UK a live pig in the office, or giving away a side of bacon or pork chops could, maybe, be construed as “insensitive”. Forcing actual, live pigs or pork on people, any people, would be unacceptable, but this just takes the cake.
Repeat after me:
There. Is. No. Right. To. Not. Be. Offended.
Many different groups have food prohibitions. With Hindus it’s beef. We should close all the McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Ruth’s Chris steakhouses. Jews can not eat pork or shellfish. Close all the Red Lobsters and Joe’s Crab Shacks.
Everything on this planet is bound to offend someone, somewhere.
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