Monday, October 24, 2005

Piggy bank ban sparks new crusade

Crusader Piglet courtesy of Silent Running

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.

However, the move brought accusations of political correctness gone mad from critics.

"The next thing we will be banning Christmas trees and cribs and the logical result of that process is a bland uniformity," the Dean of Blackburn, Reverend Christopher Armstrong, said.

"We should learn to celebrate our difference, not be fearful of them."

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."

Mr. Mahoud is correct, of course. The average Muslim must be horrified by what is being perpetrated by Islamists in their name. And the Dean of Blackburn, Reverend Christopher Armstrong has clearly never hear of the ubiquitous North American secular Holiday Tree. It is a pathetic imitation of the real thing which offends latte drinking, birkenstock wearing, Western death cultists .... which has roots in Germanic Pagan custom, now that I think of it.......

Thanks to Damian Penny of Daimnation. (Now why haven't I placed him on my sidebar links? Must do so ASAP.)


At 11:43 am, October 25, 2005 , Anonymous The Fog is Clearing said...

And here was I Thinking Canada the most Politically Correct country on Earth.

At 6:07 pm, October 31, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought I'd ask Halifax about the ban. I admit I know about their advertising strategy but it's not the most direct answer to my question to clarify the facts. This is what they said:

Thank you for your e-mail dated the 28th of October 2005.

We have not used piggybanks for a number of years. Our branch promotional material is organised around our advertising, which for the last five years has focussed on highlighting our colleagues.

I hope the information I have provided helps.


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