But “books about pigs will still be in the school library,” so the victory is not yet complete. Still, coming hot on the heels of the ban of toy pigs by the the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, this is another advance for the forces advocating the eradication of pigs from the UK. All in the name of Islamic tolerance, of course. From the BBC, with thanks to Tom:
A West Yorkshire head teacher has banned books containing stories about pigs from the classroom in case they offend Muslim children.
The literature has been removed from classes for under-sevens at Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley.
Head Barbara Harris said the books would remain in the school library for children to read.
Sixty per cent of the school’s pupils are of Pakistani or Indian origin and 99% of these pupils are Muslims.
Mrs Harris said in a statement: “Recently I have been aware of an occasion where young Muslim children in class were read stories about pigs.
“We try to be sensitive to the fact that for Muslims talk of pigs is offensive.”
UPDATE: Jihad Watch reader Dr. Pepper has pointed out to me that the BBC story is dated March 4, 2003. I don’t generally post archival material, and I apologize — I simply didn’t notice the date on the story. But in any case, I am going to leave it up, as it indicates that the toy pig ban to which I referred above is nothing new, and that dhimmitude in Britain has been advancing for quite some time.