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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ix-nay on the Wine-say Lu-fay!

All the Abrahamic religions are equally ignorant.
JERUSALEM (AP) - The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed 'Mexican' influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.

Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions and 'we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu,' he told a news conference at a hospital in central Israel.
Pigs are nicht nicht in Judaism and Islam, so they cannot be eaten, but I had no idea that piggy banks, piggy back, and pig Latin were all also forbidden.
Scientists are unsure where the new swine flu virus originally emerged, though it was identifed first in the United States. They say there is nothing about the virus that makes it 'Mexican' and worry such a label would be stigmatizing.

Thanks, Cynical-C

4 comments:

equa yona(Big Bear) said...

LOVE the piggy in a hat(or should I say 'puerco en el sombrero'?).
And wtf, since they hate pigs anyway, why NOT call a deadly disease 'swine', seems they anti-pork crew should be thrilled.

xian-x said...
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xian-x said...

From The Rastafarians by Leonard E. Barrett:

They refer to pork as "that thing." The author was told, however, that when a Rastafarian is hungry and can find nothing but the gift of a piece of pork, he will change the name to "Arnold and then partake of it."

Cynics out there will undoubtedly have visions of Green Acres.

Anonymous said...

Who is Ele Fay??