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Piggy banks banned on Muslim fears

24oct05

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 reported today.

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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>>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.

Why would muslims be banking with Natwest and Halifax ? They do not offer muslim accounts. So what is Salim Mulla going on about unless he is ok with taking and paying interest.

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OMG! LOL. This is soooooooooooo stupid. Political correctness has gone deep into the realm of stupidity.

I have to admit though I do know some very stupid muslims... I know a "uncle" who sawed the cross off the King in a chess set he bought. I know of another uncle who bought a toy plastic farm for his kid and threw the pigs out.

My daughter however loves pigs for some reason. He favourite animal at the zoo is a black pot bellied pig and she always pets it when she sees it. Her favourite toy is a fluffy pink pig which grunts and wiggles his nose.

So we are not supposed to eat the animal but its getting stupid when piggy banks are banned! LOL.

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reminds me of how michael howard and oliver letwin claimed anti-semitism when there policies where portrayed as only being fulfillable when pigs fly by the labour party.

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