Sunday, October 02, 2005
English-language learners: It seems that even in Great Britain the school system is failing those who want to learn the English language, but very good at teaching political correctness.
NOVELTY pig calendars and toys have been banned from a council office — in case they offend Muslim staff.
Workers in the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, were told to remove or cover up all pig-related items, including toys, porcelain figures, calendars and even a tissue box featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.
Bosses acted after a Muslim complained about pig-shaped stress relievers delivered to the council in the run-up to the Islamic festival of Ramadan.
Muslims are barred from eating pork in the Koran and consider pigs unclean.
Councillor Mahbubur Rahman, a practising Muslim, backed the ban. He said: “It’s a tolerance of people’s beliefs.”
Tolerance this is not. Tolerance is letting people have their little piglet and pooh porcelain figurines even if ham "offends" you.
Of course, this isn't limited to the other side of the pond. I once worked with a news editor who got "tolerance" mixed up with "acceptance" all the time.