Friday, March 16, 2007

Three Little Wimps?

From WorldNetDaily:
A school in England attempting to be politically correct toward Muslims ended up offending them even more when it changed the name of its rendition of "The Three Little Pigs."

The Honley Church of England Junior School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, decided that since pigs are offensive to Muslims, it should rework the classic tale and call it "The Three Little Puppies" instead, according to the Daily Mail of London.

Islamic leaders, however, condemned the move as misguided and said decisions like this were turning Muslims into "misfits" in society.

About 250 children, ages 7 to 11, were to perform "The Three Little Pigs" at Huddersfield Town Hall in June. But at a recent committee meeting, the organizers of the Kirklees Primary Music Festival decided to change the script to be "sensitive" to Muslims.

"We have to be sensitive if we want to be multi-cultural. It was felt it would be more responsible not to use the three little pigs," said committee member Gill Goodswen, head teacher of Stile Common Junior School, according to the London paper.

"We feared that some Muslim children wouldn't sing along to the words about pigs."

Goodswen said there was no complaint that prompted the decision, but after the move, Sheik Ibrahim Mogra of the Muslim Council of Britain called it "bizarre."

"The vast majority of Muslims have no problem whatsoever with the 'Three Little Pigs,'" he told the Daily Mail. "It's always been the traditional way of telling the story, and I don't see why that should be changed."

Mogra acknowledged Muslims are forbidden to eat pork, "but there is no prohibition about reading stories about pigs. This is an unnecessary step."

Mogra asked how far society would go.

"Are we going to change the seven dwarves because it's discriminatory towards people who are physically less able? Where do you draw the line?" he asked.

"Every time we get these stories Muslims are seen more and more as misfits. We have to accept there's a predominant culture here."

Town council member Terry Lyons told the London paper the school was "pandering to a few extremists," making it easier for them to recruit.

Why am I not surprised that the school was affiliated with the Church of England? The Anglican world, at least the Western part thereof, seems to be so eager to throw away any vestige of itself in order to worship before the throne of inoffensiveness that even absurdities like this become the logical norm. A simple secular children’s rhyme, with no significance beyond itself, has to be altered to fit the (incorrectly) perceived sensitivities of a small minority group. This is the same mentality that, on the religious level, changes the words of hymns to keep them from challenging offending anyone. When this sort of thing first started to happen, it was funny; then it became sad; now it is merely pathetic - the ecclesial equivalent of a junkie passed out at the bus stop.

Next year, perhaps, the "Church of England Junior School" can change the title to The Three Little Christians - if, that is, they can still find that many.