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Oxford University Bans Using Any Pig Related Word to Avoid Offending Muslims


When an institution sets out to ban something, more often than not the thing they choose to ban simply reflects back on that institution’s way of thinking.

So what does it tell us about the Oxford University Press that they are banning authors from using words that refer to pigs?

Yes, you read that correctly. Oxford UP is prohibiting authors from using the words pig, pork, sausage, or other pig-related words because they are afraid of offending Muslim readers who consider pigs and pork to be off-limits for religious reasons.

Now, I can understand how Oxford UP would perhaps consider editing out a photo of someone stuffing their face with bacon in a manuscript where another photo could equally serve a purpose, but to eliminate all references to pigs is absurd.

Cutting out references to an entire species of animal isn’t an example of careful editorializing to avoid offending a particular group of people


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