Wednesday, October 26, 2005

News Flash

I had heard something recently on the radio about Halifax and NatWest Banks of London deciding to ban piggy banks because it may offend some of their Muslim customers. You see, Muslims do not eat pork and consider the animal impure. That was what my original post was going to be about. So, I did a regular Google search on the subject and didn't find what I considered a reputable source for the info. I did a search under the BBC website and some other London newspapers -still found nothing.

I then decided to do a Google search on "offended UK Muslims" and came across not only the piggy bank story, but 284,000 hits that match that criteria. Here are just a few:

Muslims Offended by British Flag
Burger King recalls 'sacrilegious' desserts
Muslims Scream About Ice Cream
Muslims' fury as Pope 'compared to Prophet'
Muslims boycott Holocaust remembrance
Muslims Against Advertising

I guess the squeaky wheel does get the grease.

21 comments:

SnotSucker said...

Gimme a break! If it offends you religiously, DON'T EAT IT, DON'T READ IT, DON'T LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Stop being a whiny ass and use some common sense. We all must learn to live together.

InterstellarLass said...

Oy vey! I am so sick of everybody bitching and whining about what other groups are doing! This 'globalization' bullshit is pissing me off! Go back to where they don't eat pigs. Go back to where you don't get news about the Pope. Go back to living in a mud hut, herding goats and praying your billion times a day and shut the hell up. Where you are living now was not founded on the principles of 'don't eat pig'. We like pig! Pork chops taste good. Bacon tastes good. I had a link sausage with my breakfast this morning and it was DAMN GOOD! But, if I were go to go a country where it wasn't acceptable, I wouldn't bitch about my right to my sausage with my eggs and make a newspaper headline out of it. How about that?!?!? GAAAA!

Coyote Mike said...

I've often wondered why it is that so many dessert cultures have a problem with da pig. I think I might have come up with a hypothesis, which is totally unsupported cuz I don't know much about butchering. Anyway, my idea is, perhaps pork spoils more quickly than other meats (goat) in a dessert, therefore, many moons ago, people who ate pork died or got sick. Applying the standard superstitions of the times, this would lead people to think that god, in whatever form, was punishing them for eating the pig. Then the great gamu (generic holy dude) would say "The pig is dirty and eats poo. We cannot eat it cuz god says we are his/her blessed children and must remain clean. So eat no pig." It all comes down to a lack of refrigeration.

Bone said...

I have a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine bank.

Could you look up something on that to see if it offends anyone?

:-)

Coyote Mike said...

I am offended by your Scooby Doo bank. You must destroy it and send me all your money to appease me.

Bone said...

Ruh roh, Shaggy.

Carnealian said...

I hear ya! I mean even the French have had it up to there beret's with these people and their head coverings, face coverings. Apparently, Muslims aren't permitted to wear them on the street. How do ya like that!?!

Mike, Muslims and Jews are similar in some aspects. Jews I know have issues with cloven hoofed animals. And yes, I think some of it comes from improper refigeration. But, it's a tradition, so why change it?!? I say love animals don't eat them. And I better not hear any groaning from the peanut gallery!

Bone, I think only Mike is offended by your bank...that's so cute! Do you still keep money in it? I loved Fred! I bet you loved Daphne!

mman said...

You can please some of the people some of the time...
It must be a new pastime, near the top of the list next to frivolous lawsuits. Sue them, that's the answer.

Bone said...

Oh yeah! How'd you know? Daphne was HOT!

Carnealian said...

Bone, I would have to wonder about you if you loved Thelma...really!

fsgsf said...

Did they ever stop and think that maybe they offend the rest of the world too with their terrorist activities and their passiveness to terrorist acts?!

Peace!

NJ from NJ

michaelm said...

I have a turban made entirely of raw bacon strips.
How much do you guys think I could get for it on Ebay?
Oh, and a pair of matching "real" pig ears...
I'm thinking for Halloween, you know?

Is it me or are we as a country just building up a bizarre tolerance to all this foreign crapola? What's next? A McMuslim meal to appease the youngsters?
Sheesh...


~m

malachi trizec said...

"halifax" as in halifax, canada? fuck. i wanna go back home to toronto.

Coyote Mike said...

I had a thing for Velma. Then when the live action movie came out and they stuck her in a bikini, I almost wept with joy.

I always thought Daphne was a bit of wuss. And how many rich uncles did she need? I bet she had a tattoo on her ass that said "Doggie Style Only"

Carnealian said...

You know, when I first read your blog, I thought the girl that works with me and you would be a perfect match. She too is an English prof. and ironically, she reminds me of Velma. Hmmm, may need to send her to your blog!

I think Daphne and Fred were doin it...doggie style.

Coyote Mike said...

And here I thought you wanted me just for yourself. If you two are thinking of sharing . . . well, I can agree to that, but I will need a dedicated nap time every afternoon.

Carnealian said...

First, I have to note that I do know her name is Velma and not Thelma eventhough I said that previously. I am a retard. And, guess what, I can say that here as many times as I want to...retard, retard, retard, retard.

Second, I ain't sleeping with my coworker. Actually, she's not my coworker anymore but she's just not my type. You'll have to have us one at a time Mike.

Dorman said...

maybe I care more about the pigs' opinion. ban muslims from swine populated areas!!!!

Dorman said...

Oh, amd CM, you are on the right track....pigs = trichinosis

interstingly enough, a former playboy playmate commented on my blog which then lead me to a link that is rght up my alley.

shameless plug for my blog: I just added a counter and link on my blog that shows the number of muslim terrorist attacks since 9/11
That is offensive.

Coyote Mike said...

Fine, one at a time it is, but you two have to work out the schedule and tell me which bed to pass out in so you can have your wicked ways with me.

Carnealian said...

There's no passing out! If wicked ways are going to be had then it's an all skate, everybody skate!