The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children’s books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.
The existence of the publisher’s guidelines emerged after a radio discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris attacks.
A spokesman for OUP said: “OUP’s commitment to its mission of academic and educational excellence is absolute.
“Our materials are sold in nearly 200 countries, and as such, and without compromising our commitment in any way, we encourage some authors of educational materials respectfully to consider cultural differences and sensitivities.”
Emphasis mine, and totally absurd and disgraceful. But then, I guess an argument could be made that they’re really NOT compromising their commitment to free speech after all: they’re discarding it entirely. In fact, they clearly had none to begin with.
Hey, remember a few days ago when I said it would be around two weeks when the “Je suis Charlie” horseshit would be dispensed with and the Left would get back on their knees for Islam and get back to their long-time hobby of dismantling freedom of speech and thought? Looks like I actually underestimated their cowardice, fecklessness, and treachery. It barely took a week.
But: is there more, you a…oh, never mind.
Hebdo writer Caroline Fourest appeared Wednesday evening on SkyNews to tout her magazine’s hot-selling post-attack issue, with cover art showing Muhammed holding up a “Je Suis Charlie” sign and a caption reading “All Is Forgiven.”
“I’m very sad, very sad that journalists in UK do not support us, that journalists in UK betray what journalism is about by thinking that people cannot be grown enough to decide if a drawing is offending or not,” she said to the hosts of SkyNews Tonight via satellite. “Because you are not even showing it.”
The camera then panned out as Fourest reached for a copy of the magazine and continued: “It is completely crazy that in UK you cannot show a simple drawing as that.” At this point, she was holding the Muhammed artwork in full view of the camera, before the photographer panned upwards and then SkyNews immediately returned back to studio.
The anchor then explained the decision to cut away: “We at SkyNews have chosen not to show that cover, so we’d appreciate it, Caroline, not showing that.”
“I do apologize,” the anchor continued, “for any of our viewers who may have been offended by that.”
Like I said yesterday, I’m just about to the point of openly rooting for the Moslems here. Western civilization was profoundly worth defending; these pusillanimous twits, not so much. In fact, they wouldn’t be worth crossing the street to piss on if they were on fire.
And the truth is, as Ace intimates, Western Civ is all done. Time to turn out the lights on it and walk away, maybe mourn its loss over a glass or three of good, stout whiskey (soon to be outlawed for health and safety reasons, plus being an egregious offense to practitioners of our new State Religion) and gird our loins for the awfulness surely to come. What the hey, we had a good run. And what the Left has replaced it with is not only not worth defending, it’s wholly indefensible.
Think of it: Western Civ gave us Huck Finn. Post-Western Civ banned it.
Western Civ gave us Mozart, Bach, Beethoven. Post-Western Civ saddled us with Beyonce, Fitty Cent, and Miley Cyrus.
Western Civ gave us internal combustion engines, hot rods, Harleys, a Ford in every garage, and plenty of cheap gas to run ’em all. Post-Western Civ gave us helmet laws, high gas taxes, the “peak oil” lie, impossible CAFE standards, and the seventy thousand dollar Chevy Volt.
Western Civ gave us central heat and air conditioning. Post-Western Civ gave us brownouts and windmills. Although actually, it was Western Civ that gave us the windmills many centuries ago; Post-Western Civ just brought ’em back as “cutting edge” “green” technology. They’re so goddamned feeble even their “new ideas” were stolen from their betters.
Western Civ gave us the Concorde. Post-Western Civ would rather force you to walk, or ride a bicycle you don’t even own. Yes, even to Europe.
Western Civ gave us modern agriculture capable of feeding a hungry world, the tulip gardens of Amsterdam, and staunch, stout, stoic farmers as both benefactors and admirable role models. Post-Western Civ foists on us urban hothouse flowers copiously weeping to their shrinks over the trauma of discovering that the organic bok choi at Trader Joe’s was slightly wilted this week, and their insuperable anxiety over GMOs.
Western Civ gave us Charles the Hammer, King Leonidas, Charlemagne, Churchill, and Reagan. Post-Western Civ brought us Obama, the Clintons, LBJ, Slow Joe Biden, and John Effing Kerry.
Western Civ gave us Newton, Einstein, and Goddard. Post-Western Civ hoodooed us with Michael Mann and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Western Civ gave us William Wallace, the aforementioned Leonidas, Robert E Lee, George S Patton, and Audie Murphy. Post-Western Civ gave us Vagina Warriors, Hashtag Armies, flash mobs, and Bradley/Chelsea Manning.
And, of course, Western Civ gave us the concept of natural rights, freedom of speech and “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Post-Western Civ gives us thought crimes, “hate speech” laws, and “the future must not belong to those who
slander the Prophet of Islam exercise their erstwhile free-speech rights, now defunct by Royal Decree.”
Even the surviving Hebdo cartoonists–Leftists themselves–see through the transparent, self-serving, jejune fraudulence of the “Je suis Charlie” imbeciles.
A Charlie Hebdo cartoonist is speaking out against many of the people who he says are “suddenly” standing with the satirical magazine — the same people who are routinely “vomited” on by their controversial caricatures and cartoons.
“We vomit on all these people who suddenly say they are our friends,” Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Holtrop told Volkskrant, speaking particularly about Pope Francis, Queen Elizabeth, and Vladimir Putin. “It really makes me laugh. A few years ago, thousands of people took to the streets in Pakistan to demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo. They didn’t know what it was. Now it’s the opposite.”
Western civilization is finished; the terrorists have won, and there’s no turning back the clock now to our bygone glory days, no retrieving our squandered legacy. Might as well sit back and enjoy it as the freeloaders, parasites, thumbsuckers, and rent-seekers who sold the birthright they were unworthy of for a mess of collectivist pottage slowly but surely get theirs. And as the last “Je suis Charlie” libtard wets himself and screams like a cornered rat as he’s about to be taught by a butcher-knife-wielding savage the stunning, UNEXPECTED! lesson that no, the pen is NOT in fact mightier than the sword–begging for help that can never come, pleading for mercy from a barbarian as blank and pitiless as the sun–we can at least look down from the Long Home of our noble if dishonored fathers and know that justice was truly done at long last.
So, yeah. Might as well saddle up the Moslem strong horse and leave the lame, limping Lefty nag to gasp out its last sobbing breath and expire by the side of the road, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. The King is dead; long live the Caliph. Go, Team Troglodyte!
But one question for our new Moslem masters before we bend over and genuflect towards Mecca: can we maybe work out some sort of special dispensation on the bacon and BBQ thing, perhaps?