More abject surrender and dhimmitude from Ludicrous Britannia. OUP says they are avoiding mentioning pork and pigs in books to avoid offending Muslims and Jews, but Jews have never taken offense at such things — it was only in Saudi Arabia, for example, that censors covered over a pig character in a children’s book with a big black marker.
“Oxford University Press bans mention of pork and pigs in books to ‘avoid offending Muslims or Jews,'” by Ewan Palmer, International Business Times, January 14, 2015 (thanks to Lookmann):
One of the biggest education publishers in the world has warned its authors not to mention pigs or sausages in their books to avoid causing offence.
Oxford University Press (OUP) said all books must take into consideration other cultures if they hope to sell copies in countries across the world.
As a result, the academic publisher has issued guidance advising writers to avoid mentioning pigs or “anything else which could be perceived as pork” so as not to offend Muslim or Jewish people.
The move was revealed during a discussion on free speech during BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in the wake of the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo and its decision to use an image of the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of its latest issue.
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.
“Now, if a respectable publisher, tied to an academic institution, is saying you’ve got to write a book in which you cannot mention pigs because some people might be offended, it’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke.”
The guidance issue was also condemned as “ludicrous” by Muslim Labour MP Khalid Mahmood.
He added: “That’s absolute, utter nonsense and when people go too far that actually brings the whole discussion into disrepute.”…