Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world, located in Oxford in the United Kingdom. It is a department of the University of Oxford. It publishes children’s books, text books, music, journals, Bibles, prayer books and many other scholarly works such as dictionaries, references and academic papers.
Early this year, they banned the use of all pig related words in children’s books to avoid offending Muslims. No, I am not kidding. They did. This particular ludicrous ban came after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
According to Radio 4, they obtained a letter to a children’s author that said the words “pig”, “sausage” or anything else that could be perceived as pork was prohibited. One of the anch
ors of the program is quoted as saying, “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.”
A Muslim leader even called the ban “absolute, utter nonsense” according to the Daily Mail.
In the weeks since this ridiculous ban, the OUP has lost a lot of respect and has been satirized and mocked mercilessly, as well they should. I can’t even begin to understand the mindset of people like this. These have to be intelligent people, you can’t get to be on the board of the largest university press in the world without having some sort of smarts; at least that is what one would think. Clearly there is not one iota of common sense nor a shred of any kind of experience with the real world.
These politically correct buffoons have to be mentally unbalanced; that is the only thing that explains the crazed thinking they engage in. What the pork ARE they thinking? They are bacon themselves a laughingstock, a joke that will last for (saus)ages. What a pig mistake. Sorry, I had to do that.
Fortunately it appears that almost nobody else shares this twisted, completely brain dead view, including the Muslims they are trying not to offend. Engaging in political correctness is the single most stupid thing that people have ever done or will do. The extremists, as we see from this story, are mind bogglingly stupid! It is the definition of bizarre, and complete insanity, and I, for one, absolutely refuse to be politically correct. Being courteous is enough.