A refreshing bit of anti-dhimmitude (and sanity) in the UK, reversing this earlier example of political correctness run amok. From the Express and Star News of West Midlands and Stafford, with thanks to Moon:
Race equality rules are being reviewed at Dudley Council after workers were told to remove toy pigs from desks because they offended a Muslim staff member.
Council leaders say they will not accept “extreme forms of political correctness”. Last month the Express & Star revealed how staff in the council’s benefits department were told to remove a series of toy pigs sent as a promotion, as well as pig imagery, from their desks.
It came after a complaint from a Muslim worker who said she was offended by the items – the Koran forbids Muslims from eating and touching pork.
Councillor Pat Martin told a full council meeting: “I fully support the actions by management to respond to the concerns from colleagues following established and approved procedures.
“However I’m satisfied these procedures need to be reconsidered to make them compatible with the current law on what’s deemed to be offensive in the workplace. Therefore I’ve ordered an urgent review of the procedures.
“In Dudley we rightly pride ourselves on being fair and reasonable employers but we will not accept extreme forms of political correctness.”
After the meeting she said only the benefits department was affected by the request but admitted the policy was “very strict” and that officials would look if they were “too aggressive”….
When the decision was taken, the council’s head of finance Mike Williams said it “did not matter why it was considered offensive”.
He acknowledged then that some members of the department saw it as “political correctness gone barmy”.