Thursday, October 27, 2005

Piggy Banks - Banned ?

I was looking for this a few days ago after I heard about it, got the link of Sam's blog just now

http://www.theage.com.au/news/World/Piggy-banks-offend-UK-Muslims/2005/10/24/1130006056771.html

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."

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In my opinion, thats just silly. Im putting my money in a piggy bank, not eating it! In fact, I even have a piggy bank (freebie at a careers fair last year) here it is:

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Its transparent green, and its quite cute to be honest :p

Posted by illogicist at 4:50 PM

5 Comments

  1. Blogger Tia posted at 10/28/2005 12:57:00 AM  
    i think its just stupid... just more bad publicity for muslims.

    thanks Sam for finding the link, i was looking for this article!
  2. Blogger Lym posted at 10/28/2005 02:27:00 AM  
    When are you going to break it ? :p
  3. Blogger illogicist posted at 10/28/2005 09:18:00 AM  
    ugh, breaking is so vulgar :p i have a guy that goes in his belly, ill open him up at the end of my time at uni and buy something nice! (if im lucky i might just have enough for a mars bar...)
  4. Blogger Wardat_il'7leej posted at 10/29/2005 02:19:00 AM  
    You don't actually need a pig-shaped bank to have a saving place, they come in different shapes and colors. I still have mine from the US and I don't think its offensive.
  5. Blogger MCB Watch posted at 10/29/2005 04:50:00 PM  
    Lunacy, really --- most Muslims would not see a problem with piggy banks --- so it's just the lunatic fringe. But that does not excuse the bank playing the dhimmi ...

    http://mcbwatch.blogspot.com/

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