Political Correctness Gone Hog Wild
Pigs are disappearing all over England, but not because of some porcine variant of Mad Cow Disease: rather, the most implacable foe of the swine is turning out to be multiculturalism.
Apparently, porcine figurines, cute pig calendars, and even Winnie the Pooh's buddy Piglet on a tissue box were so offensive to Muslim employees that no one working for Dudley Council, West Midlands may enjoy them in the workplace anymore. Read the whole story here.
Why have pigs become so unpopular in Britain? Mahbubur Rahman, a Muslim Councillor in West Midlands, summed it up in explaining why the toy pigs had to go: “It’s a tolerance,” he said, “of people’s beliefs.”
Well, I have to say that it is MY belief that people should be able to have a Piglet tissue box, or read Charlotte's Web (complete with WILBUR) to school children. I'm a Christian, but you don't hear me complaining because someone shows up at work on Halloween dressed as the devil. Aside from the fact that I'm not so easily offended, I am also tolerant, and TOLERANCE IS A TWO-WAY STREET.
Banning innocuous porcine representations from an entire workplace based on religious beliefs is ridiculous. It's not like they're being asked to wear t-shirts with pictures of dirty, smelly pigs on them. They aren't being forced to eat a pork tenderloin sandwich with bacon for lunch. We're talking about figurines and tissue boxes here!
Give me a break. And cue up the VCR, wouldya? I feel a sudden urge to watch Babe...