It has just been revealed that the Oxford University Press has banned children’s book authors from using the words pig, pork, sausage, or any other pig-related words so that Muslim readers will not be offended.
Yes, you read that correctly: the top book publisher in the world is submitting to Shariah law by banning the word “pork.” They are also going through and deleting references to pork and pigs in older classics as well.
“I’ve got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people,” said TV host Jim Naughtie, whose wife Eleanor Updale is working with Oxford on an educational book series. “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,” he added. “It is just a joke.”
Even Muslim Labour MP Khalid Mahmood agreed that this was going too far.
“I absolutely agree,” he conceded. “That’s absolute utter nonsense. And when people go too far, that brings the whole discussion into disrepute.”
Oxford Press, however, defended their politically correct move in a statement:
“Many of the educational materials we publish in the UK are sold in more than 150 countries, and as such they need to consider a range of cultural differences and sensitivities.”
“Our editorial guidelines are intended to help ensure that the resources that we produce can be disseminated to the widest possible audience.”
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