Hog Roast Hogwash, Mascot Madness

Police in Bath, England, are reluctant to allow the sale of roast hog in the city center on Sundays for fear of attracting the ire of animal rights activists and non-Christians, reports the Bath Chronicle.

Marie Gibson wants to host a barbecue each week in which a whole pig would be roasted on a spit.

But in a letter to the town council objecting to the plan, Sgt. Jan Bebbington of the Bath police said the stall would be inappropriate. Among her many objections were that animal rights folks would complain and that "a hog roast may well offend visitors and residents of particular religious groups."

Mascot Madness

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State believes a Massachusetts school’s use of a Crusader as its mascot may violate the constitutional boundaries between church and state.

In a letter to the Groton-Dunstable School District, the AUSCS said the cross on the mascot’s uniform is inappropriate and the Crusader is a bad idea because it conjures “an extremely violent and religiously intolerant time, and it strikes us that this is not the imagery a public school should be using to represent its student body.”

Blatant Ethnic Demonizing

A group of Italian Americans says an animated movie currently in production that features sharks in the role of maritime mobsters is peddling prejudice against Italians to children.

John Mancini, chairman of the Italian Institute of America, says the DreamWorks movie "Sharkslayer," due to be released next year, is the latest in a long list of Italian-bashing by producer Steven Spielberg (search). He called the movie a "defamation in progress."

Bill Dal Cerro, of the institute's media office, said, "'Sharkslayer' is a throwback to such animated features as the now-banned Song of the South and other insensitive cartoons of the past, which made harmful stereotypes seem cute and cuddly."

Cheery Holidays

A New York state public school has been forced to implement a new policy about holiday decorations because a parent complained about a Christmas display at an elementary school, reports WROC-TV.

The Pittsford, N.Y., Board of Education voted to allow holiday displays only as long as they are used as a teaching aid, or as part of a building-wide plan exposing students to multiple cultures.

But students will not be allowed to have classroom parties in celebration of religious holidays, nor will they be able to have concerts dominated by religious music, especially in celebration of a religious holiday.


A college paper that published a column using the phrases “bitchy” and “chicks” in reference to women stepped over the line and should be penalized by the university, reports KXTV in Sacramento.

The column said women at Sierra College in California are “not particularly hot” -- as Playboy magazine was rumored (incorrectly) to have stated -- and that they were instead stuck-up and self-centered. The writer said personalities make women “hot,” not physical attributes.

Some women on campus said use of the word “chick” constitutes a slur and demanded that the paper’s faculty adviser be fired. They also said they planned to file a gender harassment complaint against the school.

Hyperbole Alert

A New York landlord’s decision not to allow transgendered visitors to use whichever bathroom they choose in his building is equivalent to forcing African Americans to use separate bathrooms before the 1960s, according to 365gay.com.

James Esseks, litigation director of the ACLU's AIDS Project, says bathrooms are the new “battlegrounds” in the fight for civil rights.

"The landlord's decision to exclude transgender people from the bathrooms and common areas was just as wrong today as it was 50 years ago when business owners in the South tried to force African Americans to use separate bathrooms."

The statement comes in the case of a NYC landlord who forced an AIDS clinic to move out of his building because other tenants complained that transgendered people visiting the clinic were using the “wrong” restrooms.

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Ron T. writes:

The biggest danger in the world today is that we have totally lost our sense of humor. We all seem to think that everything said or done is designed to be cruel and destructive.  Wake up and lighten up. People who are offended by almost every statement made by anyone about anything are borderline paranoid.

Curt C. writes:

I am an American of substantial Indian heritage. Let's have an American Indian day to equal Columbus Day. Let's honor Columbus's bravery for jumping off the end of the known world, and lets honor the people who were here when he arrived. Americans honor bravery. Indians werte brave. Let's have an Amerindian Day.
Les N. writes:

I just read your column and find your smug, smarmy tone used while reporting certain of these events -- while ultimately predictable (as a Foxnews foot soldier) -- cause for a rebuttal.

The National Iranian American Council is "in a tizzy." Sikhs are "in a twit." I'll put the repetitive nature of your underhanded slights aside -- I can only assume that you find it "sophisticated" to take legitimate concerns and depict them as petulant temper tantrums by silly immigrant groups.

I would understand your methodology if the items depicted were genuinely ridiculous, but they're not in these two cases. I understand that we can all have a good, hearty laugh at politically correct overreactions. I can certainly think of myriad examples of political as well as patriotic correctness that qualify as worthy of mockery.

However, your snickering tone as applied to these two situations does not expose their ridiculousness, but only sheds blinding light upon the myopic nature of your own political partisanship, demonstrating that you have completely lost the ability to make distinctions between political correctness and genuine political concerns.

I walk away from your column not shaking my head at those wacky Iranians or Sikhs, but at you.

Frank N. writes:

Sad to read stories about "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Of Mice and Men" being censored for the N-word.

It reminded me that my family recently rented "Roots" and we watched the whole thing. This is probably still one of the greatest dramas about black history ever and is still powerful decades after it was done. But could this ever be on national TV again? If the "N-word" is used once, its used 1200 times. In fact, it is virtually the only word whites use to refer to blacks.

I suppose today the NAACP would feel this isn't "positive" enough.

Michael N. writes:

Ironically Fox News caved in to political correctness in its story about political correctness by refusing to use the actual word that is causing such a controversy.

By the way, the word used in Steinbeck's literary masterpiece is nigger. Not "N-word".  Pretty soon "N-word" will be off limits due to political correctness.

Joe A. writes:

I can't read any more of your articles like "Goodbye Columbus, Classic Censorship, Sikh Cartoons" for fear that I may grab my laptop and throw it across the room. What is wrong with America? And why does the "freedom" of a few now encroach on the freedom of our nation?

Lydia D. corrects us:

Surely, someone else noticed, but To Kill A Mockingbird took place during the Great Depression of the early 1930s, not the 1950s as you printed in your article.

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