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Monday, October 24, 2005

British banks to ban piggy banks amid pressure

Another dispatch from the brilliant Dhimmi Watch.* It seems some British banks are scrapping the piggy bank:
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 reports here. 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.
This is freakin' ridiculous. First of all, I doubt any pious Muslim would walk into one of these banks and have a fit because he's given a piggy bank to take home to Junior. That's because Islam has strict laws against paying or collecting interest. This is like a steakhouse banning leather shoes to avoid offending PETA.

*Dhimmi is an Arabic term meaning "protected people." Under Islamic rule, Dhimmis are relegated to second-class citizenship. They're free to practice their religion and culture, but only in private. The Koran mandates that people conquered by Islam must "pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection." (Surah 9:29)

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