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"Rejiggered", three little pigs and "suicide by tolerance"
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

We saw a little of it in this debate over the word "rejiggered" which was wrongly singled out as a word with racist connotations when nothing could be further from the truth. And I further touched on it here.

"Suicide by tolerance" is what Lorne Gunter call it in Canada's National Post and provides a follow-up on the "three little pigs" story:
Shoo Fly publishers of Newcastle has produced a very innovative, interactive software version of the Three Little Pigs — a 3D book designed to encourage young children to develop critical thinking abilities. It has won several awards, but was not approved by BECTA because "the use of pigs raises cultural issues." In particular, the company was told, "Judges would not recommend this product to the Muslim community," out of concern the pig images would be upsetting.

British papers were instantly filled with headlines such as "PC gone mad! Muslims devour Little Red Riding Hood."

But, of course, Muslims had done no such thing. Indeed, the Muslim Council of Britain told the Daily Telegraph, "We are not offended by that at all," and called on British schools to welcome the books.
Much of this is self-censorship based on the possibility (without actually knowing) of someone, almost anyone, being offended. It is an example of the tyranny of the minority without the minority actually being involved. Those who self-censure seem to be more afraid of giving offense than giving up their right of free speech. How upside-down is that?
Call it suicide by tolerance. The Western world with its institutions of democracy and the rule of law, with its advances in science and medicine, its progress in individual liberty, its historic devotion to reason and its developments in culture and the arts will disappear because its own elites could not be proud enough of its achievements to defend it from within.
The last line describes the situation to a tee and history is rife with civilizations which collapsed from within when they refused to defend their own political freedoms. But usually that collapse was characterized by assault from outside the culture. In this case we're seeing it eaten away from within.

The three little pigs and the small "rejiggered" flap are just the latest examples in a long line of manufactured outrages and self-censorship based in ignorance and false assumptions. It's a trend that needs to be reversed. Freedom of speech's real power comes in a different sort of toleration - toleration of speech we don't like or agree with. And our civilization seems to be moving away, not toward, such speech.
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The sad thing about the Three Little Pigs flap is that for years no one cared whether the story would offend Jews, but now everyone involved is concerned it might offend Muslims.
Written By: Steverino
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Its pre-emptive appeasement.
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
Though, to be sure, when these things happen they usually cause embarrassment for those engaged in the censorship and get mocked by the public. So I think we’re safe, for now.
Written By: Scott Erb
"Rejiggered", Three Little Pigs And "Suicide By Tolerance" is an apt title for this post.

Could you do one better for an even worse incidence of dhimmitude and way closer to home:

"Stirring the Hate"

Shame on the officers of the 82nd Airborne. Perhaps they forgot Sgt. Hasan Akbar. He didn’t even need the excuses of the Mo cartoons or Geert Wilders to get his jihad up. How the mighty have fallen, what a shame.
Written By: Eric
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What is with all this hatred of pigs? Pigs are nice. If you want to hate animals, hate chickens, the foul fowl. Nasty, filthy, stupid creatures.
Written By: timactual
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What is with all this hatred of pigs? Pigs are nice.
Pulp Fiction -

Jules: Pigs are filthy animals. I don’t eat filthy animals.
Vincent: Bacon tastes gooood. Pork chops taste gooood.
Jules: Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I’d never know ’cause I wouldn’t eat the filthy motherf***er. Pigs sleep and root in sh1t. That’s a filthy animal. I ain’t eat nothin’ that ain’t got enough sense enough to disregard its own faeces.
Vincent: How about a dog? Dogs eats its own feces.
Jules: I don’t eat dog either.
Vincent: Yeah, but do you consider a dog to be a filthy animal?
Jules: I wouldn’t go so far as to call a dog filthy but they’re definitely dirty. But, a dog’s got personality. Personality goes a long way.
Vincent: Ah, so by that rationale, if a pig had a better personality, he would cease to be a filthy animal. Is that true?
Jules: Well we’d have to be talkin’ about one charmin’ motherf***in’ pig. I mean he’d have to be ten times more charmin’ than that Arnold on Green Acres, you know what I’m sayin’?

So apparently, all the Muslims and Jews need is more charming pigs.
Written By: meagain
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Apparently the editors at the Wash. Post haven’t gotten the word yet;

"Other funds went to Iowa, where a power plant had been temporarily rejiggered to burn more cleanly"
Written By: timactual
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