In an Orwell inspired move the Oxford University Press are planning to ban school text-book authors from referring to “anything pork-related” in an attempt to avoid offending sensitive Muslims and Jews.
Political Correctness Gone Mad…
Oxford University Press will ban references to sausages and pigs in their books. They cite the reason for such political correctness as being a need for their books to be “acceptable in other cultures”.
On BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Monday, presenter Jim Naughtie said: “I’ve got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people.”
“Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork,” he added.
Naughtie described the recommendation made by OUP as “ludicrous” and “just a joke.”
Muslim Labour MP Khalid Mamood said: “I absolutely agree [with Naughtie]. That’s absolute and utter nonsense.” Khalid said when political correctness goes too far, it brings the whole discussion into “disrepute.”
Furthermore, he doubts that Muslims or Jews would be offended by mentions of farm animals in a children’s book.
A Jewish Leadership Council spokesman said: “Jewish law prohibits eating pork, not the mention of the word, or animal from which it derives.”
“How on earth can anyone find the word ‘pig’ or ‘pork’ offensive?” asked Conservative Party MP Phillip Davies.
“No word is offensive, it is the context in which it is used that is offensive.”
“One good thing to come out of the Paris terror attacks was a groundswell of support for freedom of speech,” he told the Daily Mail.
“The political correctness brigade appear to have taken control of our schools,” he added.
Davies believes the Secretary of State needs to “get a grip over this” and hopes the “ridiculous ban is stopped at once.”
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