Wednesday, November 24, 2010

British pig removed from toy set to avoid offending Muslims

"A mother who bought the Early Learning Centre's (ELC) HappyLand Goosefeather Farm for her daughter's first birthday contacted the store after finding that the pig was missing . . . 'So I emailed ELC and the response that I had makes my blood boil...(The ELC wrote) 'Previously the pig was part of the Goosefeather farm however due to customer feedback and religious reasons this is no longer part of the farm."'

"Caroline added: "This is political correctness gone loopy. On what basis did they remove it?

"This is as bad as no more 'baa baa black sheep' or other such things. Stuff like this is just insipid, it worms its way into every aspect of our lives and we just let it happen. Surely if someone has issue with a toy that they don't agree with, then don't buy it!"

"A mother called Chouli responded: "Does it have a disclaimer on it, though? 'Pig sold seperately (sic)'? Perhaps they keep a stash of them in the back somewhere in brown paper bags?"

"What are the store[s] going to do next? Ban the Peppa Pig cartoon? Stop selling books with pigs in? This is a multi-cultural country."

"The ELC later said it had decided to reinstate the pig."

"Any customers who have bought Goosefeather Farm in the last few months will be able to order a pig free of charge to complete their set via our website in the coming weeks."

COMMENT: Yesterday I posted a note on an article that advocated making Islam the official religion of Britain ( ). No doubt the author, calling himself Melanchthon, had his tongue in his cheek when he wrote it, but there was bitterness involved. He described Christianity as being driven almost out of existence in Britain while at the same time British officials and other leaders bend over backwards to cater to Muslims and their religion. Why not just go all the way, he suggests, and make Islam the official British religion. That way Christianity would have minority status and end up with more rights than it has now. His article falls flat as a joke because there is too much sense in it.

However, it is unlikely that Britain will follow his suggestion and vote Islam in as its official state religion. No European nation is likely to do that, but while they won't formally make such a declaration they are all drifting in that direction. The Political Correctness that favors Islam is out there and its influence is strong. ELC wasn't officially ordered by anyone to remove the pig from its toy set but it felt the unofficial influence of Political Correctness. It wanted to do "what was right and what was sensitive" so it removed the pig. When Caroline and perhaps others made a fuss, they put the pig back in, but the freedom to have pigs in toy sets as well as other freedoms are being eroded.

Why not be honest about it? Declare Islam the official religion. Britain is heading in that direction anyway, as a sailboat will drift toward the shore when no one tends its rudder. Why drift, why not take responsibility for your direction, O ye British? Be brave, be brash, and state clearly that you favor Islam and the heck with Christians who disagrees with you. Better that than the wishy-washiness of putting the pig back in the set when someone squeals.

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm -- neither hot nor cold -- I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Rev. 3:15-16)

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