Monday, October 24, 2005

British banks get P.C. to curry favor with Muslims

Thanks to Kira for alerting me to this nonsense. From the Aussies:
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.
Nothing helps to combat the image that Islam is a religion of intolerance more than banning a freakin' piggy bank...just to convice them that you're not as intolerant as they are.

"Please don't hate us! Here...look! We've banned the piggy bank! Feel better?"

To be fair, according to a Muslim MP in Parliament, this is stupid:
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."
Yeah, well...what the hell does he know about Muslims! It's not like he is one, anyway! Oh, wait...yes, he is. Then I guess the non-Muslim banks just know more about Islam than a Muslim MP, huh?