Oxford University Press Tells Authors Not to Mention Pigs or Sausage in Books to Avoid Offending Muslims and Jews

This is what happens when your fear of offending religious sensibilities goes too far:

Top academic publisher the Oxford University press has issued guidance that authors should avoid using pork-related words.

Today Programme presenter Jim Naughtie, who is married to writer Eleanor Updale, said: “I’ve got a letter here which was sent out by Oxford University Press to an author doing something for young people.

“Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following; ‘Pigs (plus anything else which could be perceived as pork.'”

He added: “Now, if a respectable publisher tied to an academic institution is saying you’ve got to write a book in which you cannot mention pigs because some people might be offended, it’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke.”



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Colorado Church Cancels Woman’s Funeral After Seeing a Picture of Her Kissing Her Wife

In yet another example of Christian Love, New Hope Ministries in Lakewood, Colorado put a stop to Vanessa Collier‘s funeral just minutes after it was scheduled to begin because they noticed that a video that was supposed to play during the service included an image of Collier kissing her wife:



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Kirk Cameron is Now Selling Coffee… to Save Christmas!

In an apparent promotional tie to his movie, Kirk Cameron is selling Saving Christmas Blend coffee:



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The KaMormon Sutra

Given how Mormons were a major factor in the passing of California’s Proposition 8 in 2008, banning marriage equality, photographer Neil DaCosta created a collection of Mormon Missionary Positions:



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Raif Badawi’s Lawyer, Waleed Abu Al-Khair, Sentenced to a Full 15 Years in Prison

Just days after Raif Badawi was given the first 50 of his 1,000 lashes for the “crime” of blasphemy, his lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair got some bad news, too: His 15 years prison sentence (of which five years had been knocked off) was reinstated in full:



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