UK: Three Little Pigs ‘too offensive’ for Muslims

“The use of pigs raises cultural issues.” Indeed. Many cultural issues. And questions of cultural suicide.

“Three Little Pigs ‘too offensive,'” by Sean Coughlan for the BBC News (thanks to PRJ):

A story based on the Three Little Pigs has been turned down from a government agency’s annual awards because the subject matter could offend Muslims.

The digital book, re-telling the classic fairy tale, was rejected by judges who warned that “the use of pigs raises cultural issues”.

The awards which rejected the book are run by Becta, the government’s educational technology agency.

The judging panel also attacked the book’s stereotyping of builders.

The book’s creative director, Anne Curtis, said that the idea that including pigs in a story could be interpreted as racism was “like a slap in the face”.

Indeed.

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  1. says

    Stereotyping of builders? WTF?

    Someone in the UK should organize all the pigs into a movement protesting the persecution of Piglet, Babe, piggy banks, ham, bacon etc. Show up this idiocy for what it is.

  2. says

    The Muslim population in the UK is around 2.8 percent. I cant imagine how much of Western culture the UK will throw away in a generation. How soon before the UK will order grocery store and resteraunts not to carry pork so not to offend Muslims?

  3. says

    My God. Dhimmitude elevated to new heights of insanity.

    Posted by: darcy at January 23, 2008 10:00 AM

    I would expand on the description and call this pigheaded dhimmitude.

  4. says

    And their koran OFFENDS ME! Their scarves and turbins OFFENDS ME – since it is only a sign of their radicalizing and/or subjugating women. It is complete crud that we continue to bend over backwards for them while they DO NOTHING to stop their violent ones, and instead only worry about their image.

    I find islam OFFENSIVE!

  5. says

    …pigs make wonderful leather products, are useful in many medicines and medical research, are great for clearing thick underbrush for landowners, will eat all discarded food from restaurants … saving smart restaurant owners some money otherwise required for garbage disposal, and they provide excellant protein and nurishment for hungry people…and they certainly do not harm people….(unlike Muslims..who do harm people…even their own)…

    …all good things…apparently Muslims do not like good things…..I suspected this long ago…

    Ban Muslim Immigration

  6. says

    Multiculturalists in Britian running amock so as not to offend, Yes my British friends keep bending over to accomodate Muslims until you fall flate on your face.

    Now write on the blackboard 100 times:

    This is Britain not Islam

    This is Britain not Islam

    This is Britain not Islam

    This is Britain not Islam

    This is Britain not Islam

  7. says

    This is a bit bizarre. I’m Jewish, and while I don’t
    maintain a high level of kashrut, I don’t eat
    pork, or shellfish. That said, I have no problem
    reading The Three Little Pigs to my kids, or
    letting them have piggy banks, or throwing a
    football (pigskin to you non Americans) around.
    I don’t get all twisted about pigs, I just don’t
    eat them.

    Is this really Muslims complaining, or demented
    leftists?

  8. says

    Is this really Muslims complaining, or demented
    leftists?

    Posted by: root_cause at January 23, 2008 11:35 AM

    The Islamic term you need to learn is “najis.” This article, by Hugh Fitzgerald, brings up the subject.

  9. says

    interestinconundrum-

    Thanks for the links.

    sounder-

    Good to see Mr. Spencer in the 2nd video noting that if Mohammad’s example is timelessly perfect, “then what you get are terrorists“.

  10. says

    Thanks to Shy Guy, “najis” at sistani.org as posted by Hugh March 21, 2005:

    “84. The following ten things are essentially najis: 1. Urine 2. Faeces 3. Semen 4. Dead body 5. Blood 6. Dog 7. Pig 8. Kafir 9. Alcoholic liquors 10. The sweat of an animal who persistently eats najasat [i.e., unclean things].

    108. The entire body of a Kafir, including his hair and nails, and all liquid substances of his body, are najis.
    109. If the parents, paternal grandmother and paternal grandfather of a minor child are all kafir, that child is najis, except when he is intelligent enough, and professes Islam. When, even one person from his parents or grandparents is a Muslim, the child is Pak (The details will be explained in rule 217).
    110. A person about whom it is not known whether he is a Muslim or not, and if no signs exist to establish him as a Muslim, he will be considered Pak. But he will not have the privileges of a Muslim, like, he cannot marry a Muslim woman, nor can he be buried in a Muslim cemetery.”

  11. says

    Just a few multicultural accomodating stories——as these fools rush in to destroy their cultures

    Muslims win toy pigs ban
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article102182.ece

    Amsterdam School Scraps Nature Course As Pigs Enrage Muslim Pupils
    http://www.nisnews.nl/public/270407_1.htm

    And even the Chinese can be Multiculturalists in the year of the pig.
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7480083

    And this one is from 10 years ago in Leicester– be careful whay you put on you window sill
    http://www.dispatch.co.za/1998/05/26/foreign/PIG.HTM

  12. says

    “The book’s creative director, Anne Curtis, said that the idea that including pigs in a story could be interpreted as racism was “like a slap in the face.”

    So why do the words “racism” and “racist” keep popping up when discussing an IDEOLOGY such as Islam or a SOCIAL ORDER such as Sharia??!!

    A Malay Muslim, an Arab, an Urdu speaking Pakistani and a Persian from Iran could all be Muslims, could be committed jihadis, could be beating their wives or beheading apostates but my objecting to their behaviors and the ideology that underpins such behavior has nothing to do with race nor even one ethnicity. Heck the above list is as diverse in DNA and skin tones as any college admissions director could dream of. It is THOUGHT and ACTION which should concern us.

  13. says

    Déjà vu, encore une fois! (Pardon my French)

    Once upon a time, there was a teeny tiny church in a teeny tiny town in the teeny, tiny country of England…which called itself Great Britain, in order to compensate for its smallness.

    But, I digress.

    In the teeny, tiny church in the teeny tiny town was a teeny tiny music festival, where the people gathered to watch the children put on a musical play,
    called “The Three Little Pigs”.

    Well, in the same little town, in the same little country were new-comers, called Muslims, but in order for the people not to be upset, they were repackaged as “Asians” by the press and the government. And of course, this euphemism put people completely at ease.

    Well, the Muslims HATED pigs, due to their religious edicts, so the people of the teeny tiny town, wishing not to offend their new neighbours, decided to rename the play, “The 3 Little Pugs”, until someone pointed out to the frightened play director, that Muslims also find dogs to be as filthy as pigs.

    So they sought to placate their new friends by substituting different animals, all to no avail.

    The Muslims found everything to be upset about. After the title of the play was deemed too offensive, they found that the mixing of boy children with girl children terribly offensive. So the play director sent the girls packing.

    Well, that was not enough, because the Muslims found music to be an evil that Allah hates, so the play director cut the musical numbers, thinking that surely the Muslims would find everything satisfactory at last, but no, they were still offended.

    “We have done everything to please you in this matter, and still you are offended! What more can we possibly do?” asked the exasperated play director.

    “YOU offend us, filthy infidel! Nothing would make a Muslim happier than if you would simply die!”

    Seeing that he at last had found the one thing that would make the Muslim truly happier than anything else in the world, the play director went home and swallowed poison and died, setting the example for all sensitive multi-culturalists everywhere in Europe, which is now called Eurabia.

    The End

  14. says

    I have to say it did my heart good to see the Huge pile of pulled pork at the luncheon marking the opening session of the Georgia (USA) legislature. Not to mention the Pink Pig ride at the Christmas tree lighting.
    God Bless the South.

  15. says

    If the percentage of Muslims in Britain is really less than 3% and this is happening then this is not a problem of the Muslims but a problem of local leftists.

  16. says

    “Three Little Pigs” being branded as ‘offensive to Muslims’ is political correctness gone too far, but honest qualified builders would be upset if they’re branded as ‘cowboys’ because in Britain a ‘cowboy builder’ is an unqualified and untrustworthy bodger who will do his job badly if you hire him, and charge the earth for it as well.

  17. says

    “If the percentage of Muslims in Britain is really less than 3% and this is happening then this is not a problem of the Muslims but a problem of local leftists.”

    Its both really. Just because you make an abuse more easy, it doesnt excuse the abuse. The Brits are enabling the enemy, I make no excuses for it.

  18. says

    There is something else instructive in the tale of the Three Little Pigs, for infidels.

    In the story, a small, peaceful, and civilized pig builds a shelter for himself out of a weak substance–straw, but the house is blown down by a ravening wolf, who then eats him (in versions considered less traumatic for the little ones, he flees to his brother for safety).

    The next little pig builds a much stronger structure for himself (and perhaps for his surviving brother), this time out of wood. The wolf is at first stymied by this stiffer material, but eventually blows this house down, too, and eats the unfortunate pig inside (or, alternately, both little pigs now escape to their last brother for protection).

    This last little pig is wise. He has learned he lessons of his two brothers, who failed to prepare adequately against those who wished evil on them. He built a very, very strong defense out of brick, which the ravening wolf was unable to breach. He lived happily ever after (as perhaps did his refugee brothers, also, who counted on this brave, well-informed and practical pig to save them all.)

    The end.

    Please take the moral of this story to heart, and be like the last little pig.

  19. says

    Sounds as though BECTA has gone nuts. If they keep going like this, what are they going to do next?

    Never mind about ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and Piglet.

    How about Beatrix Potter and “The Tale of Pigling Bland”. Will we see BECTA setting out to ban a Beatrix Potter classic?

    Then there’s Wilbur the pig in “Charlotte’s Web” – the book, and then a rather charming animated film.

    Are they going to remove every copy of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ from school libraries in Britain? Pull every copy of the film and burn it so as to please the Muslims?

    And oh yes: the film “Babe”, that came out some years ago, with its little pink pig hero who becomes a champion sheepdog and wins the sheepdog trials. Is that going to be banned, too?

    Perhaps some protests should be set up in town and market squares around Britain: public readings of A A Milne’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stories, Beatrix Potter’s ‘Pigling Bland’, and ‘Charlotte’s Web’, and large TV screens set up to show a continuous video loop of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and ‘Babe’.

  20. says

    OOps. Small correction to the above, as per ‘Babe': read ‘who becomes a champion ‘sheep pig’ and wins the sheepdog trials”.

    PS – just realized ‘Babe’ would be doubly offensive, as it shows not only pigs but dogs in a positive light.

  21. says

    gravenimage,

    In my collection of Little Golden Books, the wolf climbs up the chimney and falls into the kettle of boiling water. Even a better moral to the story: The invader is eliminted by his own greed and determination to wipe out the little pigs.

  22. says

    The Empress of Blandings is not amused. As the ranking swine of the world, she has issued a lardwa calling for the persecution of all those who insult or defame pig-dom.

  23. says

    root_cause writes:

    ‘Is this really Muslims complaining, or demented
    leftists? ‘

    It’s demented leftists. I can confirm. I have never heard of such a demand coming from the Muslim community.

    My husband produces children’s educational software and other learning materials. One item was a finger-spelling alphabet poster in British Sign Language in which the deaf sign was accompanied by the letter, plus an illustration. He chose ‘pig’ for ‘p’. Because it’s a short word, with a strong sound, and a readily identifiable animal. As you do.

    He was hailed by a barrage of protest from ‘demented leftists’, white people in Education Departments in local Councils. You can’t have ‘p’ for pig, they said. It’ll offend the Muslims.

    My husband ignored them, produced and sent out his posters anyway (they were free) to any school or community group or parent that asked for them. All were extremely pleased to receive the posters and most replied very favourably in thanks. Nobody mentioned the pig. In fact, everyone asked for more. Soon he was sending out dozens of these to the same schools that had ordered them the first time…

    Eventually he was contacted (by email) by a Muslim lady who was herself deaf, and was a teacher. She too loved the posters, ordered more, and thanked my husband profusely, in the sweetest terms. They had a long email correspondence and she continued to contact him for help with deaf teaching materials from time to time.

    She never mentioned the pig.

    This proves that this fantasy is entirely in the minds of ‘demented leftists’, the same cynical secular killjoys that want to take Jesus out of Christmas. Even Christmas out of Christmas. Happy Winterville!

  24. says

    See Kubrick’s fascinating take on this story towards the end of The Shining….a film which can be regarded as an oblique reflection on the Holocaust. Perhaps, also, Israel can be seen as the third pig in the story.

  25. says

    A bit of a tangent here, but the U of Illinois has a project where hog wastes are processed into crude oil. According to the professor who invented the process one hog will produce a half barrel of oil a year. The process does not neccesarily need hog waste, though hogs do produce a large amount proprortionately.

    So, if the trials being run are successful we will not have to buy their shit anymore, just use the shit we already have.

    I have not heard much more about the trials in the last year or so, I think Houston sewage system was also going to be part of the trial.

  26. says

    Excuse me but how long have Jews lived in the UK? And how many Jews live in the UK now and in the past? Jews also are opposed to eating pork. The question of the 3 little pigs was never raised in relation to the Jewish ban on pork. This is nothing but anti -Semitic previous Jew hating on the part of the UK. I think the Israeli government should recall their ambassador in protest or at least demand that Cheese-Farfel Latkes, Chopped Liver and Chicken Soup be named the national food of the UK.

  27. says

    Well, I would assume it is safe to say that the Muslims don’t count “piggies” with their children. So, what do they count? This little martyr went to….

  28. says

    “….A bit of a tangent here, but the U of Illinois has a project where hog wastes are processed into crude oil…..”

    ….do you recall the “Mad Max ” movie in which “Barterville” had electrical generators run by fuel made from hog waste….

    …by the way, pig poop also makes excellant fertilizer which is known in farming circles to be good for growing other food staples like corn, tomatoes, lettuce, peas…etc…

    ….do you eat corn, tomatoes, lettuce , peas etc?…..

    I do…ahhhh. such are the rewards from pig poop…

  29. says

    The British don’t like to be told what to do, but they obviously have a problem — but not with the muslims!

    Their problem is with their politicians and government leaders.

    Fix that problem and the muslim problem will disappear overnight,

    Don’t fix that problem, then you’d better kiss the pork chops good-bye including the nursery rhymes:

    Barber, Barber, shave a pig …

    Upon my word and honor; as I walked up to Bonner; I saw a pig without his wig; upon my word and honor.

  30. says

    “84. The following ten things are essentially najis: 1. Urine 2. Faeces 3. Semen 4. Dead body 5. Blood 6. Dog 7. Pig 8. Kafir 9. Alcoholic liquors 10. The sweat of an animal who persistently eats najasat [i.e., unclean things].

    108. The entire body of a Kafir, including his hair and nails, and all liquid substances of his body, are najis.
    109. If the parents, paternal grandmother and paternal grandfather of a minor child are all kafir, that child is najis, except when he is intelligent enough, and professes Islam. When, even one person from his parents or grandparents is a Muslim, the child is Pak (The details will be explained in rule 217).
    110. A person about whom it is not known whether he is a Muslim or not, and if no signs exist to establish him as a Muslim, he will be considered Pak. But he will not have the privileges of a Muslim, like, he cannot marry a Muslim woman, nor can he be buried in a Muslim cemetery.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hi all, my first post here. In regards to the above may I add something? Try this; read that passage in the most monotone, dry voice you can come up with – like you are reading stereo instructions. Then rent the movie ‘Conspiracy’ with Kenneth Brannagh and Stanley Tucci. You may find the two very similar except that in the movie, the question for the Nazi’s is how to identify and treat Jews.

    I agree that it may be the left wing voice giving life to this as well as other anti-western policies and there is only one way to counter it; be just as loud as they are and have the courage to stand up to all the screams of ‘racist’, etc that you will have thrown at you.

  31. says

    root_cause wrote:

    Is this really Muslims complaining, or demented leftists?
    ………………………….

    Often you do find pro-active dhimmitude from PC types, it is true–a form of self-censorship. As disgusting as their pandering to exagerated sensitivities are, though, they didn’t make this stuff up out of whole cloth.

    Here’s a story from the Netherlands from May of last year:

    A school in Amsterdam has halted lessons on rural life because the Islamic children refused to talk about pigs… Asscher told newspaper De Volkskrant: “A primary school in Amsterdam-Noord has decided no longer to teach about living on a farm. Various pupils began to demolish the classroom when the pig came up for discussion. Apparently it has gone that far. These children, 9, 10 years old, have not been given even the most elementary rules at home about why they must go to school.”

    The children did not just protest the lesson, or refuse to participate–they *began to demolish the classroom*–over the mention that pigs exist. Insanity.

    Meanwhile, a bit of good news from the UK about these same Three Little Pigs–this time in a children’s play in Yorkshire.

    From BBC news:

    Organisers of a children’s concert have given the go-ahead for the three little pigs to appear, after they were banned over fears they might offend Muslims.

    Honley Junior School in West Yorkshire was to perform the Roald Dahl story of Little Red Riding Hood and the pigs – but was told to substitute puppies.

    Now Kirklees Council has stepped in to allow the pigs a reprieve. No complaints had been made about the pigs appearing in the Kirklees Primary Music Festival event.

    ‘Something barmy’

    The committee organising the concert decided Muslim children may not want to sing about pigs.

    However, council education spokesman Jim Dodds told BBC Five Live the decision had been overturned.

    He said: “There is something barmy going on here and it has happened on my watch.
    “I can tell you now that the three little pigs will be back into the school musical festival.
    “The decision (to ban the pigs) was made by well-meaning people – it was the wrong decision, so let’s stick with the traditions.”

  32. says

    Can we flag Balrog (B for Bigot) comment as offensive or can I at least have his address and the time he returns home supplied to me?
    Italo American Bev

  33. says

    gravenimage writes:
    “A school in Amsterdam has halted lessons on rural life because the Islamic children refused to talk about pigs…”

    Very strange. My kids like checking out pigs when
    we go see farms. They don’t like the smell, of
    course, but aside from a few Jewish extremists
    (who won’t behead you or blow themselves up :)
    I never hear about pigs from my coreligionists.
    And I don’t get the dog thing either. I like dogs.

  34. says

    Let me ask you this. If I were to take part in the flying an airplane into a building in, say, Iran, and do so in the name of Christ (I would never do such a thing), would I be given amnesty and have all of the citizens of Iran to give me a free pass in the name of tolerance or open-mindedness? Would Iran change their everyday culture and even change curriculum in schools so as not to offend myself or other Americans or Christians? You bet your ass they would not. Let me clarify that if I flew a plane into a building, chances are that I would not survive, but it is a hypothetical example. You can guarantee that Iran would have every right to fight back and the rest of the world, including citizens of this country would be on the same page as Iran. So if that is the case, then why are we giving Islam a free pass after those fascists in dirty night sheets flew their planes into our buildings killing over 3,000 innocent people. And now we have a remake of the “Three Little Pigs” in the process of not being able to be released because the use of pigs offends Muslims. Oh, and flying jet planes into buildings does not offend people? I am now convinced that PC goons actually hate their country. The greatest country on the planet and they hate it. Where does kowtowing to these fascists end? They have had a long bleak track record since Islam began and it is not going to stop anytime soon. I do not like Islamofacists, but I am not allowed to say it. People can say bad things about Christianity and they get a free pass though. Where does this double standard stem from? We give murdering nitwits a hand shake and a hand job and in return get our own culture eliminated right from underneath us. I am not happy about this. These Muslims have already begun the erosion process in Europe. Subverting the court and educational systems there. All the meanwhile the citizens of these countries are happy to stand by and get reamed. Muslims have less than 3 percent of the total population in their favor, yet get away with murder (literally) and go about throwing their weight around (albeit pork less) and the leftist idiot multiculturalists are more than happy to add “diversity” to their lives and bury their heads in the laps of these filthy beings.
    People can label me intolerant all they want, but I refuse to “see it from their angle” especially when they are wanting to kill me. And the US is not the only country that is targeted, anyone who is not Islam is fair game. But let’s just be PC about everything and make those who dissent from the PC protocol feel ashamed and guilty. Hitler was once thought to be PC. And these ‘freedom fighters” are more dangerous than Hitler because they are spread throughout the world and are more subversive than the fair fuhrer. Name the last time you remember Christians or Jews killing in the name of Christ or Moses. You won’t find it. But I can’t even add up the amount of non-Muslims killed by Muslims because they would not convert. This jihad is far from over, the mindless, useful idiots on the left will continue to stand there and take whatever these fascists give them. Just like people appeasing Hitler prior to WW2. What is next? We can’t watch the Wizard of Oz because if offends midgets? You know what this is? It is the thought police, nazifying and dictating your brain, every thought and every urge. And the left calls Bush a Nazi. Appearantly the left has not done their homework. Nazism, fascism, socialism and communism are all forms of statisim, something championed by the very left that accuses others of being Nazis. How do the left not see their own stupidity. It is so amusing seeing a group of people who are convinced that they are absolutely right without a doubt be so wrong in actuality. For the left, delusionality is a reality.

  35. says

    One can only wonder if these folks have read George Orwell’s Animal Farm?

    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others!”

  36. says

    This just goes on and on. Why does one very small group have the right to turn the rest of society upside down? Frankly, I find the thin skin of some Muslims to be quite offensive.

  37. says

    Darcy: “Really. What is this: the book’s stereotyping of builders.”

    highbg: “Ever heard of Builder Rage?”

    Unbelievably, “builder rage”, has happened before in the UK. A few years back, builders protested that the children’s TV show Bob the Builder portrayed them unfairly. How could this be? Bob was a polite, punctual, hardworking guy, who always got his jobs finished on time and on budget.

    That was the problem, said builders. He was creating unrealistic expectations in their customers.

  38. says

    It is a fact that Muslims are forbidden to eat pork, and they know that nobody can force them to eat it.
    Why would a pig shaped toy or a pig story be objectionable? It has absolutely nothing to do with dietary laws.

    This is an attempt to change the culture of the infidel, to rid them of all imagery of pigs, in all forms possible. It won’t stop there. Once this is achieved, another item will be objectionable from the infidel.

    For the same reason, a convert is asked to change his name, his clothing, his mindset, so he will reject his culture, his past, his customs and adopt the Islamic way.

    It is cultural imperialism.

    This is how it works. It may take a long time, because for now, they cannot use force for the infidel to comply. So other methods are used. Like subterfuge, victim-hood, veiled threats.

    Some infidels are already very helpful, they practicing proactive dhimmitude. Those are the useful idiots whom Muslim “scholars”, “community leaders” are coaching. A work in progress.

  39. says

    To the person who called me a bigot. 1). I happen to be of Italian descent, including some Sicilian. 2) I didn’t invent the joke, it was told to me, and I’ve heard in from others. Maybe if we handeled the terrorists the way those “other” pigs handeled the wolf, instead of playing footies like we are now, the terrorists would be much less of a threat.

  40. says

    BECTA the government agency for re-education… Sorry, education, is controlled by an organisation called “Common Purpose” an insidious group which has charity status.

    It controls many private and public organisations and sectors. It even spreads as far as the United States and could be considered the inner sanctum of the Eurabian Dhimmi movement, They train management and operatives in PC-speak, subversion, multicultural sociological vandalism.

    That is what we are seeing here, it is happening all the time, only rarely does it show it’s head. If you are in the public sector or a large private organisation you will be in the process of indoctrination, if you cannot be indoctrinated you will have a P-45 or “pink slip” waved in front of you for even the most innocent slip of the tongue.

    Common purpose is a cancer, it is killing Britain, they have made the UK into the new frontier of Pakistan, they will do the same to the US, if they are not already doing it now. Beware, Britain is lost. Heed well.

  41. says

    To Fratello Balrog:
    Upon reading over your post I notice that you spelt Guinea the derogatory term for Italians, as “Ginny”. So we are cool Fra Balrog. Obviously you were referring to the gin sodden aka the Anglo-Irish in your joke. :-)

    I have heard lots of jokes too in my life time as a beautiful Italo American woman, many of whichI choose to ignore or not repeat. However none holds the laugh-packed punch of “Islam means ‘peace'” uttered by Prez Bush atop the ruins of the World Trade Center. Frankly, I would take former Prime Minister Berlusconi’s comment that Western culture was clearly superior to that 7th century culture of misogyny and murder over the (by his own admission)formerly gin sodden American President’s comment any day. And of course, Oriana Fallaci had bigger balls than either leader. But that should not surprise you or me, e vero?