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More British Piggies

October 25th, 2005 . by Matt

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Forget about your kids having a piggy bank – it offends some people

As Britain blithely cruises to surrender, the humble pig has come under attack again, this time from British banks.

British banks are banning piggy banks because they may offend some Muslims.

Halifax and NatWest banks have led the move to scrap the time-honoured symbol of saving from being given to children or used in their advertising, the Daily Express/Daily Star group reports here.

Muslims do not eat pork, as Islamic culture deems the pig to be an impure animal.

Salim Mulla, secretary of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, backed the bank move.

“This is a sensitive issue and I think the banks are simply being courteous to their customers,” he said.

Ironically, a muslim MP was the voice of sanity on this issue.

Khalid Mahmoud, the Labour MP for a Birmingham seat and one of four Muslim MPs in Britain, also criticised the piggy-bank ban.

“We live in a multicultural society and the traditions and symbols of one community should not be obliterated just to accommodate another,” Mr Mahmoud said.

“I doubt many Muslims would be seriously offended by piggy banks.”

The piggy bank is part of our (western) culture. I remember having one as a child. It is wrong for anyone to try to prohibit or make forbidden any kind of expression of our culture. Furthermore, the last time I looked, pigs also happen to be creatures living on this earth, and deserving of as much respect as any other animal. Just because some people from backwards cultures hold pigs in disdain, does not mean mean that we should feel sensitive to their over-sensitivity.

In fact, for muslims, pigs are not the most unclean animal, dogs are. Are we to kill our pet dogs as well, just because it offends muslims? It has to stop right now, before it reaches that point.

UPDATE: Turns out the deaths of the piggies has been greatly exaggerated.


8 Responses to “More British Piggies”

  1. comment number 1 by: dogbert

    This is just too much…Muslim nations can ban representations of Christianity, but Christian nations must kowtow not to offend Muslims. Personally, I find the London bombings committed by Muslims more offensive than a piggy bank. The English must have gone completely mad.

  2. comment number 2 by: chewbaccca

    This issue is easily solved `lets ban Muslims…..they offend me

  3. comment number 3 by: chewbaccca

    we have a problem with certain types of animals and plants in Australia that are causing problems for us and our way of life. Farmers to solve this problem “cull” these pests. Muslims have not just been a problem recently they have been a problem for hudreds of years i think a cull of these “pests” is also neccessary as they are destroying our way of life…
    Many countries including mine are introducing “anti terrorism” laws to deal with this problem and the Muslim community is up in arms about it
    ” we are not all terriorists” its a fair claim, but every Terrorist was a muslim….food for thought..

  4. comment number 4 by: YoshoMasaki

    UK Banks removed pigs so Mulsims wouldn’t be offended? I guess any Muslim who is so sensetive to such things would find it impossible to use my bank, then.

  5. comment number 5 by: Aodaliyaren

    Chewbacca,

    I find your comments highly reminiscent of Nazi comparisons of Jews to cockroaches and rats. They also bring to mind a recent sketch on Australian television where Radio talkback hosts were milked for their venom in order to save people who started spouting racist invective. Suffering from a touch of the Stan Zemaneks are we?

    By the way, Afghan muslim immigrants helped to open up the northwest of our country with their camel trains. If you were an indigenous australian you might find that a pestilent activity, but since a lot of the Afghans liked aborigines enough to intermarry with them, perhaps not.

  6. comment number 6 by: Kushibo

    Well, at least you included an update showing this was all a media hoax.

  7. comment number 7 by: takeshima

    Its interesting how kushinbo posts his corean worship all over the corean related blogs.. and wont allow anybody to post on his website. Infact he blocks matts links from the koshibo blot when he insults matt and attacks him.

  8. comment number 8 by: RFalcon

    Wow, this whole thing is just wacky. I’ve known some Christian friends from Indonesia who get crapped on each day. They are not allowed to share their faith. Funny how Islamic countries can do whatever and be racist and such, but when things happen against Muslims, oh no this is great injustice!