American Christians remain under siege. From Supreme Court rulings to executive orders to the military’s continued prioritization of social experiments over fighting, Christians are under siege in the nation that promised to never victimize based on religion.
However, as the left wages their war against Christians, they crusade for a perverse extension of religious tolerance for Muslims. Though content with insulting and debasing the very foundations of one Abrahamic religion, the left strongly favors walking on eggshells for another.
This is not merely a governmental phenomenon, however; the culture war that is occurring is every bit as real as the policies that advance Islam’s Shariah law in the Western world.
One such representation of this culture war is the recent policy change of the Oxford University Press, one of the biggest names in book publishing today.
To avoid the risk of potentially offending a Muslim somewhere, the company has banned the use of the words “pig” and “pork” from children’s books as it might offend Islamic readers.
The new policy was discussed as a radio host noted that his wife, a children’s book writer, received a letter asking her to remove any reference to pigs or pork.
Jim Naughtie, the host and husband of the author, was floored.
“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. It is just a joke.”
Oxford University Press stands by its decision. In a statement, the company claimed,
“Many of the educational materials we publish in the UK are sold in more than 150 countries, and as such they need to consider a range of cultural differences and sensitivities.”
“Our editorial guidelines are intended to help ensure that the resources that we produce can be disseminated to the widest possible audience.”
Nobody is doubting that these books may someday fall into the hands of a Muslim reader. My question is: “So what?”
Is there some sort of natural law that exists that asserts that all human beings are born with a right to float through life, free from ever encountering something that they might find offensive?
Further, while eating and handling pork might be prohibited by both Judaism and Islam, neither seem to possess a religious ban on acknowledging that pigs do, in fact, exist.
The next time anyone hears a friend complain that Donald Trump is being taken seriously, remind them of this story and remind them that it is precisely this kind of politically correct nonsense that fuels the outrage felt by Americans who have turned to Trump’s no-nonsense rhetoric for a break from the endless storm of ridiculousness furnished by PC morons.