Foreword and info courtesy of Mrs TG
The Greeks always had a word for it ---- and the following one suits this moronic group and their ridiculous cowering decision to the hilt.
......"Those who the gods wish to destroy, they first drive mad...."
Does this mean I have to stop amusing my 1 1/2 half year old grandson, Yair, with 'This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy ate roast beef, this little piggy had none, and this little
piggy ran squeak, squeak all the way home?" He loves it when I do this to his little pinkies and finish off with a good tickle, but gosh I don't want to offend the Moslems...!
Thank goodness, I'm just a Jewish grandmother in Israel, so the long arm of the British Appeasement organizations, can't reach me here...I hope!
When I was in England last year, I saw some piggy banks, decorated with the British flag, in a tourist shop on Shaftesbury Road, Piccadilly. I remembered that the Moslems had made a big fuss over piggy banks at a bank some time before that, and the bank had succumbed to their 'outrage' and taken the offensive little creatures away from public view.
So I was pleasantly surprised to see these colorful patriotic piggy-banks in the window. I went in, and as I was picking one out, I saw a tall well- dressed Arab man staring at them, and me, from outside.
I went on picking them up to see which one I wanted, and he came in and stood staring at me with a very aggressive look on his face. I took the one I wanted, looked him straight in the face with a questioning look & a cheeky grin and pushed past him. I felt his eyes on my back and I noticed that the assistant had also noticed him. We looked at each other knowingly, and I said as loud as possible, that this piggy bank is a great idea and will be a lovely addition to my collection of piggy banks (a fib actually. I don't have a collection of piggy banks, or any other toy saving banks..!!).
I gushed on about the wonderful idea to dress him up with our flag, and so on and so forth. After I'd paid and turned to go, the sheikh of Araby was still there staring with an infuriated look on his face at the other piggy banks.
He looked and me and I at him, and I gave him a really sweet smile (trying not to be sick, or punch him somewhere I could reach...!) and walked out.
I'll never forget the looks on his face throughout the incident, especially when I walked past him out of the shop. Luckily he didn't come after me and stick a knife in me or something. But I was so fed up with his obvious attempt to harass me - and the shop - that I simply didn't care.
Anyway, I went past that shop a few days later, and was happy to see that only a few of the piggy banks still remained so I guessed they had been selling like hot cakes...!
A story based on the Three Little Pigs fairy tale has been turned down by a government agency's awards panel as the subject matter could offend Muslims.
The digital book, re-telling the classic story, was rejected by judges who warned that "the use of pigs raises cultural issues".
Becta, the government's educational technology agency, is a leading partner in the annual Bett Award for schools.
The judges also attacked Three Little Cowboy Builders for offending builders.
The book's creative director, Anne Curtis, said the idea that including pigs in a story could be interpreted as racism was "like a slap in the face".
The CD-Rom digital version of the traditional story of the three little pigs, called Three Little Cowboy Builders, is aimed at primary school children.
But judges at this year's Bett Award said that they had "concerns about the Asian community and the use of pigs raises cultural issues".
The Three Little Cowboy Builders has already been a prize winner at the recent Education Resource Award - but its Newcastle-based publishers, Shoo-fly, were turned down by the Bett Award panel.
The feedback from the judges explaining why they had rejected the CD-Rom highlighted that they "could not recommend this product to the Muslim community".
They also warned that the story might "alienate parts of the workforce (building trade)".
The judges criticised the stereotyping in the story of the unfortunate pigs: "Is it true that all builders are cowboys, builders get their work blown down, and builders are like pigs?"
Ms Curtis said that rather than preventing the spread of racism, such an attitude was likely to inflame ill-feeling. As another example, she says would that mean that secondary schools could not teach Animal Farm because it features pigs?
Her company is committed to an ethical approach to business and its products promote a message of mutual respect, she says - and banning such traditional stories will "close minds rather than open them".
Becta, the government funded agency responsible for technology in schools and colleges, says that it is standing by the judges' verdict.
"Becta with its partners is responsible for the judging criteria against which the 70 independent judges, mostly practising teachers, comment. All the partners stick by the judging criteria," said a Becta spokesman.
The reason that this product was not shortlisted was because "it failed to reach the required standard across a number of criteria", said the spokesman.
Becta runs the awards with the Besa trade association and show organisers, Emap Education.
Merlin John, author of an educational technology website which highlighted the story, warns that such rulings can undermine the credibility of the awards.
"When benchmarks are undermined by pedestrian and pedantic tick lists, and by inflexible, unhelpful processes, it can tarnish the achievements of even the most worthy winners.
"It's time for a rethink, and for Becta to listen to the criticisms that have been ignored for a number of years," said Mr John.